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No. 6 Nevada romps past Utah State 72-49 to remain unbeaten

RENO, Nev. (AP) The last time Nevada won its first 14 games in a season, the Wolf Pack played in the Far Western Conference and Harry S. Truman was president.

Jordan Caroline scored 15 points and No. 6 Nevada matched a school record set in 1951-52 by beating Utah State 72-49 on Wednesday night.

''I didn't think we were excited to play against South Dakota State and I didn't think we were excited to play Akron,'' Nevada coach Eric Musselman said of his team's non-conference home games in December. ''I thought we did enough to win those two games, but I didn't sense a kid, like, in the candy store that really wants to go play a basketball game. I thought at Utah (on Saturday) our energy ... we wanted to go play and we wanted to compete, and I think the same thing tonight.''

Cody Martin and Tre'Shawn Thurman had 14 points apiece in the Mountain West Conference opener for the Wolf Pack (14-0, 1-0), one of four undefeated teams in the nation.

Sam Merrill led Utah State with 16 points.

Nevada held the Aggies (10-4, 0-1) to 26 percent from the floor. They entered averaging 81 points per game on 48 percent shooting.

Nevada and Utah State compiled the two best records among Mountain West teams in non-conference play, but this one was no contest.

''That's probably the most Utah State has played zone the whole season combined,'' Musselman said. ''I think right now people think that's the formula because Washington beat us in an exhibition game (91-73). We're a lot different team. The lineup has changed a lot since then.''

Utah State coach Craig Smith acknowledged the Aggies had played zone on only five defensive possessions the entire season before implementing it throughout much of Wednesday's game.

''We don't like doing it,'' Smith said. ''It felt like we had to change the rhythm. ... I wouldn't say it was something we planned on. I knew it was something we had to be ready for potentially because they can put a big run on you so quick.''

Musselman and his players alluded to the Washington exhibition loss Oct. 21 multiple times as a watershed moment for a team that hasn't lost since on the way to equaling the best start in program history.

''I don't want to say too much, but that was hard for us,'' Thurman said. ''To a lot of guys on this team, we are not undefeated.''

After a 10-2 run pulled the Aggies to 29-25 with 1:45 left in the first half, Nevada answered with a 6-0 spurt for a 35-25 lead at the break.

BIG PICTURE

Utah State: After winning 10 of their first 13 games with a 16.5 point differential (best in the MWC), Utah State dropped its league opener in a hostile environment against one of the nation's top teams. Utah State's last win against an AP Top 25 team came in the semifinals of the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Tournament against No. 15 Nevada.

Nevada: Held a 30-14 edge in the paint. ... Utah State held the sixth-biggest rebound differential in the country coming into the game, but the Aggies won only 44-43 on the boards. ... Utah State committed 20 turnovers that turned into 23 points for the Wolf Pack.

TIDE TURNING

Utah State leads the all-time series 35-23 but has lost each of the last five games against Nevada.

FULL HOUSE

The crowd of 11,224 was the 11th-largest in Nevada men's basketball history and the second-biggest this season.

UP NEXT

Utah State: Returns home to play Air Force on Saturday.

Nevada: Faces one of its biggest conference tests Saturday at New Mexico.

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Key Players
S. Merrill
5 G
Co. Martin
11 F
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
9.9 Pts. Per Game 9.9
5.5 Ast. Per Game 5.5
4.2 Reb. Per Game 4.2
50.0 Field Goal % 46.8
39.5 Three Point % 22.9
92.8 Free Throw % 84.6
  Defensive rebound by Ben Fakira 2.0
  Nisre Zouzoua missed 3-pt. jump shot 4.0
  Lost ball turnover on Tauriawn Knight, stolen by Jordan Brown 10.0
+ 1 Corey Henson made 2nd of 2 free throws 20.0
+ 1 Corey Henson made 1st of 2 free throws 27.0
  Personal foul on Brock Miller 20.0
  Defensive rebound by Nevada 27.0
  Justin Bean missed layup 29.0
  Offensive rebound by Justin Bean 33.0
  Ben Fakira missed layup 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Tauriawn Knight 51.0
Team Stats
Points 49 72
Field Goals 17-62 (27.4%) 24-61 (39.3%)
3-Pointers 4-23 (17.4%) 7-29 (24.1%)
Free Throws 11-17 (64.7%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 44 43
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 28 30
Team 3 4
Assists 8 17
Steals 7 15
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 20 15
Fouls 17 16
Technicals 0 0
15 PTS, 12 REB, 7 AST
12T
away team logo Utah State 10-4 252449
home team logo 6 Nevada 14-0 353772
Team Stats
away team logo Utah State 10-4 78.7 PPG 43.4 RPG 17.1 APG
home team logo 6 Nevada 14-0 80.1 PPG 40.1 RPG 14.6 APG
Key Players
5
S. Merrill G 20.9 PPG 3.9 RPG 4.2 APG 46.1 FG%
24
J. Caroline G 17.0 PPG 9.6 RPG 1.9 APG 45.2 FG%
Top Scorers
S. Merrill G 16 PTS 0 REB 0 AST
J. Caroline G 15 PTS 12 REB 7 AST
27.4 FG% 39.3
17.4 3PT FG% 24.1
64.7 FT% 85.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 16 0 0 6/14 1/5 3/3 4 32 1 0 3 0 0
B. Miller 10 2 1 2/5 2/4 4/4 1 32 0 0 1 0 2
N. Queta 8 10 0 4/8 0/0 0/2 4 29 1 5 2 2 8
Q. Taylor 1 5 1 0/8 0/5 1/2 2 29 0 0 3 4 1
C. Ainge 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 11 0 0 1 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. Merrill 16 0 0 6/14 1/5 3/3 4 32 1 0 3 0 0
B. Miller 10 2 1 2/5 2/4 4/4 1 32 0 0 1 0 2
N. Queta 8 10 0 4/8 0/0 0/2 4 29 1 5 2 2 8
Q. Taylor 1 5 1 0/8 0/5 1/2 2 29 0 0 3 4 1
C. Ainge 0 2 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 11 0 0 1 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Bean 4 5 1 1/5 0/0 2/2 0 8 2 0 0 4 1
D. Brown Jr. 4 7 1 2/5 0/2 0/0 2 11 1 0 4 1 6
D. Brito 3 4 0 1/7 1/4 0/2 1 21 1 0 3 0 4
A. Porter 1 0 3 0/3 0/2 1/2 1 13 1 0 1 0 0
T. Knight 0 3 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 1 0 3
B. Fakira 0 3 0 0/3 0/0 0/0 2 3 0 0 1 2 1
A. Johnson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0
K. Stall - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Grootfaam - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Knight III - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 49 41 8 17/62 4/23 11/17 17 200 7 5 20 13 28
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Caroline 15 12 7 4/10 2/4 5/6 2 37 0 1 6 3 9
Co. Martin 14 7 6 6/13 0/4 2/2 1 37 4 0 1 1 6
T. Thurman 14 4 0 5/11 2/7 2/2 2 33 4 3 3 1 3
T. Porter 8 8 1 3/6 0/1 2/4 3 25 1 1 2 1 7
Ca. Martin 7 3 1 3/8 1/4 0/0 5 21 0 0 1 2 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Caroline 15 12 7 4/10 2/4 5/6 2 37 0 1 6 3 9
Co. Martin 14 7 6 6/13 0/4 2/2 1 37 4 0 1 1 6
T. Thurman 14 4 0 5/11 2/7 2/2 2 33 4 3 3 1 3
T. Porter 8 8 1 3/6 0/1 2/4 3 25 1 1 2 1 7
Ca. Martin 7 3 1 3/8 1/4 0/0 5 21 0 0 1 2 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Johnson 10 2 1 2/6 2/6 4/4 3 23 3 0 0 0 2
C. Henson 4 0 0 1/2 0/1 2/2 0 5 2 0 0 0 0
N. Zouzoua 0 0 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0
D. Cunningham 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Brown 0 3 1 0/3 0/0 0/0 0 10 1 0 2 1 2
Z. Wurm 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
L. Drew - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Townsell - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Lee - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Hymes - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 72 39 17 24/61 7/29 17/20 16 200 15 5 15 9 30