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No. 22 Nevada outlasts UNLV, moves on to Mountain West semis

LAS VEGAS (AP) Trailing UNLV early in the second half of a quarterfinal matchup in the Mountain West Conference Tournament, Nevada's Jordan Caroline had one thing on his mind: last year's tournament championship game.

Nevada struggled through its worst first half of the season, scoring a mere 21 points on 23.3 percent shooting ago, but used a 25-2 run to rally for an 11-point victory and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.

On Thursday, Caroline had 21 points and 10 rebounds as the 22nd-ranked Wolf Pack (27-6) were ignited by a 22-6 run early in the second half, erased a 12-point deficit to seize momentum after a dismal offensive performance in the first half and notched a 79-74 victory over UNLV.

''I was just thinking about the Fresno game last year, where we had to come out with a lot of energy to be able to win it, and I think that's what we did,'' Caroline said. ''So I felt a lot reminiscent of the Fresno game last year.''

After hitting just 11 of 38 from the floor, including 4 of 12 from long range, and missing 14 of its last 18 in the first half, top-seeded Nevada opened the second half by hitting 9 of 11 from the floor, including 5-for-5 from 3-point range.

''We talked about at halftime if we could just continue to have good spacing and move the ball, our 3 ball would fall down,'' Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. ''(We) made an adjustment at one of the timeouts against their zone where we ran a double side pick and roll with some unusual spacing that we haven't done all season long. And our guys did a good job adjusting to that set on the fly. And we changed up a lot of things since our last regular-season game. Our guys for the first time doing things, both offensively and defensively, they did a great job.''

Kendall Stephens added 15 points, five rebounds and five blocked shots, while Josh Hall scored 16 and Caleb Martin had 12 points and five rebounds for the Wolf Pack.

Kris Clyburn led No. 8 seed UNLV (20-13) with 19 points and six rebounds, while Mountain West freshman of the year Brandon McCoy had 12 points and 14 rebounds and Shakur Juiston had 14 points and 12 rebounds.

''We took the fight to them, especially in the first half,'' UNLV coach Marvin Menzies said. ''And we did some really good things to put ourselves in a position to win the game down the stretch. Unfortunately, they got hot from the 3. And a lot of those were contested shots, which good teams make.''

UNLV looked nothing like the team that was embarrassed by 26 points on its home floor one week earlier by Nevada, hitting 14 of 32 from the field and 6 of 13 from 3-point range to head into the locker room with a 39-31 lead at the half. The Rebels also outrebounded Nevada, 25-22, while outscoring the Wolf Pack in the paint, 14-10.

''They're honestly a great shooting team when they're hot and when their feet set,'' Juiston said. ''Tonight it was just like they're going to make some. But we can't hang our heads, we've got to go down there and capitalize on offense and just pound them aside, get our scores the way we need and then come back and try to make them shoot tough 3s again.''

Nevada's first four buckets in the second half, and five of its first six, were from long range. The Wolf Pack caught the Rebels when Caroline converted a 3-point play at the 13:54 mark and pushed the lead to 53-49 on a Cody Martin jumper.

UNLV's Jordan Johnson responded with a short jumper, making it 53-51, but that was as close as the Rebels would get. Nevada, which advanced to its third consecutive semifinal round of the tournament, connected on 18 of its final 26 shots.

The Rebels outrebounded Nevada in the contest, 46-31, but committed 14 turnovers, which the Wolf Pack converted into 16 points.

BIG PICTURE

UNLV: After a hot start to ignite the Runnin' Rebels in their own building, scoring 13 points by halftime, senior guard Jovan Mooring got into foul trouble and was held scoreless in the second half, missing three 3-point attempts over the last 1:17 of the game.

Nevada: Stephens' hot hand from 3-point range sparked the Wolf Pack offense in the second half. After shooting 2-for-8 from the floor in the first 20 minutes, the senior guard hit 3 of 4 from the field - all from long range. He became the program's single-season leader for 3-pointers; he now has 118 on the year.

UP NEXT

UNLV: Will hope for a call from the NIT selection committee.

Nevada: Will play in Friday's semifinal round against either Fresno State or San Diego State.

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Key Players
Co. Martin
11 F
J. Johnson
24 G
34.5 Min. Per Game 34.5
13.8 Pts. Per Game 13.8
6.1 Ast. Per Game 6.1
2.9 Reb. Per Game 2.9
52.3 Field Goal % 42.8
30.0 Three Point % 38.9
68.4 Free Throw % 84.1
  Offensive rebound by UNLV 0.0
  Jordan Johnson missed 3-pt. jump shot 1.0
+ 1 Josh Hall made 2nd of 2 free throws 6.0
+ 1 Josh Hall made 1st of 2 free throws 6.0
  Personal foul on Kris Clyburn 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Josh Hall 6.0
  Jovan Mooring missed 3-pt. jump shot 8.0
  Defensive rebound by Shakur Juiston 26.0
  Caleb Martin missed free throw 26.0
  Shooting foul on Shakur Juiston 26.0
+ 2 Shakur Juiston made layup 49.0
Team Stats
Points 79 74
Field Goals 29-65 (44.6%) 25-64 (39.1%)
3-Pointers 12-25 (48.0%) 7-23 (30.4%)
Free Throws 9-12 (75.0%) 17-21 (81.0%)
Total Rebounds 31 46
Offensive 8 17
Defensive 20 27
Team 3 2
Assists 20 12
Steals 4 3
Blocks 9 7
Turnovers 6 14
Fouls 18 18
Technicals 1 0
21 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
19 PTS, 6 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 22 Nevada 27-6 314879
home team logo UNLV 20-13 393574
Team Stats
away team logo 22 Nevada 27-6 85.0 PPG 41.7 RPG 15.2 APG
home team logo UNLV 20-13 70.9 PPG 46.4 RPG 11.9 APG
Key Players
24
J. Caroline F 18.6 PPG 10.2 RPG 1.6 APG 48.8 FG%
1
K. Clyburn G 11.3 PPG 3.8 RPG 1.3 APG 40.6 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Caroline F 21 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
K. Clyburn G 19 PTS 6 REB 1 AST
44.6 FG% 39.1
48.0 3PT FG% 30.4
75.0 FT% 81.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Caroline 34 21 10 4 0 0 2 3 7/14 3/4 4/5 2 8
K. Stephens 39 15 5 1 2 5 1 2 5/12 5/10 0/0 1 4
Ca. Martin 36 12 5 4 0 2 0 3 5/16 2/7 0/1 1 4
Co. Martin 28 7 2 6 1 2 1 4 3/7 0/0 1/1 2 0
H. Cooke 31 6 0 3 1 0 1 4 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Caroline 34 21 10 4 0 0 2 3 7/14 3/4 4/5 2 8
K. Stephens 39 15 5 1 2 5 1 2 5/12 5/10 0/0 1 4
Ca. Martin 36 12 5 4 0 2 0 3 5/16 2/7 0/1 1 4
Co. Martin 28 7 2 6 1 2 1 4 3/7 0/0 1/1 2 0
H. Cooke 31 6 0 3 1 0 1 4 2/4 2/3 0/0 0 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Hall 25 16 4 1 0 0 1 1 6/10 0/1 4/5 2 2
E. Foster 7 2 2 1 0 0 0 1 1/2 0/0 0/0 0 2
D. Cunningham - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Tooley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - -
E. Cooks - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brent - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 79 28 20 4 9 6 18 29/65 12/25 9/12 8 20
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Juiston 32 14 12 2 0 1 3 3 5/8 0/0 4/5 4 8
J. Mooring 31 13 5 5 1 1 4 4 4/10 3/9 2/2 0 5
B. McCoy 34 12 14 0 0 4 2 1 4/13 1/2 3/3 4 10
T. Beck 25 9 4 0 0 0 1 2 4/10 1/2 0/0 4 0
J. Johnson 28 7 1 4 0 0 1 4 2/9 0/4 3/5 0 1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
S. Juiston 32 14 12 2 0 1 3 3 5/8 0/0 4/5 4 8
J. Mooring 31 13 5 5 1 1 4 4 4/10 3/9 2/2 0 5
B. McCoy 34 12 14 0 0 4 2 1 4/13 1/2 3/3 4 10
T. Beck 25 9 4 0 0 0 1 2 4/10 1/2 0/0 4 0
J. Johnson 28 7 1 4 0 0 1 4 2/9 0/4 3/5 0 1
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Clyburn 28 19 6 1 2 0 3 3 6/12 2/5 5/6 5 1
C. Dembele 7 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Hardy 15 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 2
B. Coupet Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Sljivancanin - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Green - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Diong - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 74 44 12 3 7 14 18 25/64 7/23 17/21 17 27