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NEVADA -12, O/U 143.5
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No. 14 Nevada rallies to beat Boise State in MWC quarters

LAS VEGAS (AP) Nevada got an early scare in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.

After trailing Boise State by 15 points in the first half, the Wolf Pack slowly responded. And not until the final minute of the game - did they feel comfortable.

Jazz Johnson scored 20 points, Caleb Martin had 19 and No. 14 Nevada rallied to beat Boise State 77-69 on Thursday .

Tre'Shawn Thurman added 17 points, and Cody Martin had 10 to help top-seeded Nevada (29-3) tie the school record for victories in a season. The Wolf Pack will face San Diego State in the semifinals Friday night.

Derrick Alston led Boise State (13-20) with 21 points, and Justinian Jessup had 18.

Boise State led 11-3 and had a 27-12 advantage with 7:37 left in the first half. The Wolf Pack opened 2 of 14 from the field.

''We stunk for the first 12 minutes of the game,'' Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. ''It was hard to watch. I'd rather go the dentist and get some teeth pulled. But the thing with our ballclub is down 15, no panic. We've been in those situations where we've gotten down and figured away to come from behind on a big stage. At halftime, we got our minds cleared.''

Down 34-29 at intermission, Nevada shot 62 percent from the field in the second half, going 5 of 11 from 3-point range.

''In the three games we lost, we never found that spurt,'' Musselman said. ''Today, we found that spurt. I want to compliment (Boise State) coach Leon Rice, he had them over prepared. They didn't back down.''

After the Wolf Pack took a 57-50 lead with 9:33 left, the Broncos went on a 10-0 run. Nevada took the lead for good on Cody Martin's jumper with 3:37 left. The Wolf Pack slowly pulled away, converting all eight free throws in the final 51 seconds.

BOISE LOOKS TO FUTURE

The Broncos hung around thanks to 8-of-17 shooting from 3-point range and an 11-of-13 mark from the free-throw line.

''Nevada has big-time tough guys, big-time character,'' said Rice, who now looks ahead to next season. ''(As for the season), there were positives. A lot of teams would be able to do what went through. We got our hearts ripped out many times. We competed night in and night out. (Alston and Jessup) have some great days ahead of them. That's a heck of a cornerstone going ahead.''

THE BIG PICTURE

Nevada: The comeback win was tied the team's season mark from 15, also rallying against then No. 20 Arizona in December. Coach Eric Musselman is 6-2 in the MWC tournament.

Boise State: The Broncos are 8-51 against AP Top 25 teams. Marcus Dickinson had 12 points, while Zach Haney, who fouled out with 4:44 left, had 10.

UP NEXT

Nevada will face the San Diego State in the semifinals Friday. The Aztecs beat UNLV 63-55.

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Key Players
J. Jessup
3 G
J. Caroline
24 G
35.4 Min. Per Game 35.4
17.7 Pts. Per Game 17.7
2.0 Ast. Per Game 2.0
9.6 Reb. Per Game 9.6
44.5 Field Goal % 45.9
41.0 Three Point % 38.0
73.1 Free Throw % 63.5
+ 1 Jazz Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 4.0
+ 1 Jazz Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 4.0
  Personal foul on Malek Harwell 4.0
+ 2 Marcus Dickinson made driving layup 9.0
+ 1 Jordan Caroline made 2nd of 2 free throws 18.0
  Jordan Caroline missed 1st of 2 free throws 18.0
  Personal foul on Alex Hobbs 18.0
  Defensive rebound by Jordan Caroline 26.0
  Alex Hobbs missed driving layup 28.0
+ 1 Jazz Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 37.0
+ 1 Jazz Johnson made 1st of 2 free throws 37.0
Team Stats
Points 69 77
Field Goals 25-55 (45.5%) 26-54 (48.1%)
3-Pointers 8-17 (47.1%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 11-13 (84.6%) 16-21 (76.2%)
Total Rebounds 25 33
Offensive 4 7
Defensive 19 23
Team 2 3
Assists 14 16
Steals 6 2
Blocks 2 3
Turnovers 8 9
Fouls 16 15
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 2 REB
20 PTS, 1 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Boise State 13-20 343569
home team logo 14 Nevada 29-3 294877
Team Stats
away team logo Boise State 13-20 71.6 PPG 33.6 RPG 12.1 APG
home team logo 14 Nevada 29-3 80.1 PPG 40.1 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
21
D. Alston G 13.4 PPG 3.9 RPG 1.1 APG 48.5 FG%
22
J. Johnson G 11.0 PPG 1.8 RPG 1.5 APG 48.7 FG%
Top Scorers
D. Alston G 21 PTS 2 REB 0 AST
J. Johnson G 20 PTS 1 REB 1 AST
45.5 FG% 48.1
47.1 3PT FG% 39.1
84.6 FT% 76.2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Alston 21 2 0 7/15 4/7 3/3 0 34 0 0 1 0 2
J. Jessup 18 6 2 7/17 2/7 2/2 3 40 1 1 1 1 5
M. Dickinson 12 3 5 4/6 2/2 2/2 1 35 1 0 0 0 3
Z. Haney 10 7 3 5/7 0/0 0/2 5 24 2 1 2 3 4
D. Wacker 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 29 0 0 3 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Alston 21 2 0 7/15 4/7 3/3 0 34 0 0 1 0 2
J. Jessup 18 6 2 7/17 2/7 2/2 3 40 1 1 1 1 5
M. Dickinson 12 3 5 4/6 2/2 2/2 1 35 1 0 0 0 3
Z. Haney 10 7 3 5/7 0/0 0/2 5 24 2 1 2 3 4
D. Wacker 0 0 2 0/1 0/0 0/0 3 29 0 0 3 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Hobbs 8 4 2 2/7 0/1 4/4 2 29 2 0 0 0 4
M. Harwell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Williams 0 1 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 1
R. Jorch - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Dembley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Huang - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Rice - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Frazier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Abercrombie - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bereal - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 23 14 25/55 8/17 11/13 16 200 6 2 8 4 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Ca. Martin 19 5 3 6/17 3/11 4/6 3 40 1 2 1 0 5
T. Thurman 17 5 1 8/10 0/0 1/1 2 30 0 0 2 1 4
Co. Martin 10 5 9 3/11 1/4 3/4 1 40 1 1 2 1 4
J. Caroline 7 9 2 2/7 0/1 3/4 4 37 0 0 3 3 6
T. Porter 4 5 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 2 3
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
Ca. Martin 19 5 3 6/17 3/11 4/6 3 40 1 2 1 0 5
T. Thurman 17 5 1 8/10 0/0 1/1 2 30 0 0 2 1 4
Co. Martin 10 5 9 3/11 1/4 3/4 1 40 1 1 2 1 4
J. Caroline 7 9 2 2/7 0/1 3/4 4 37 0 0 3 3 6
T. Porter 4 5 0 2/2 0/0 0/0 3 15 0 0 1 2 3
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Johnson 20 1 1 5/7 5/7 5/6 2 37 0 0 0 0 1
C. Henson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
N. Zouzoua - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Drew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Townsell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hymes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 77 30 16 26/54 9/23 16/21 15 200 2 3 9 7 23