It seems like every Mountain West Conference game this year has been important; not just for one team but the whole league.
Boise State’s matchup with Nevada was nothing short of this as each team battled for the right to sit alongside Colorado State at number one.
Coming into the game, Nevada (21-6) was looking to do just what they did to Boise State (17-8) on January 25th. The Wolf Pack went into Taco Bell Arena and beat the Broncos by 19. This was the largest loosing margin in the Leon Rice era.
The Broncos started the game down 9-0 before a James Reid three put the Broncos on the scoreboard.
From there, the Broncos stayed with the Wolf Pack for the remainder of the half.
Nick Duncan came out of his scoring cocoon late in the first half. Knocking down three 3’s, he kept the Broncos within striking distance of the Wolf Pack lead.
Right before the buzzer, Nick threw in a shot that he caught off the backboard. At first, the refs waived it off, and the half ended 39-33. However, before the second half started the ref’s reversed their call. This gave the Broncos a 41-33 lead going into the second half of play.
Abe Jackson told us if BSU got off to a good start and limited Cameron Oliver that is a recipe for success. BSU is 2 for 2 in that category. pic.twitter.com/zB5ccx8NzE
— 93.1 KTIK The Ticket (@ktik931fm) February 23, 2017
Before the second half started, Nevada’s bench hadn’t put up any points. The Broncos, on the other hand, scored 13.
The 2nd half started off with a Paris Austin lay-up. This gave the Broncos a 43-33 lead.
The Wolf Pack would go on a 7-0 run, however, dropping the Bronco lead down to just 3.
Led by Duncan and Hutchison, who scored 13 of his game-high 19 in the 2nd half; the Broncos fought with the Wolf Pack in a heated battle that went down until the end.
At the 5:40 mark, the Wolf Pack took the lead for good.
Down the stretch, the Wolf Pack made their free throws. Going 30-34 as a team (88.2%) throughout the contents of the game, the Wolf Pack scored 35% of its points.
Nevada had three players who scored at least 20 points.
In the end, the Broncos lost in Reno 85-77
FINAL- Nevada 85 Boise State 77. Broncos back home Saturday, against San Jose State.
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) February 23, 2017
Nick Duncan: Back at it Again
Nick Duncan scored 19 points in the loss vs. the Nevada Wolf Pack. This was a season high for him followed closely by a road win in late December against Utah State (18).
Going 5-6 from the 3 point line, Duncan may have relocated his deep threat groove.
The Broncos are back in action at Taco Bell Arena Saturday, February 25th vs. San Jose.
The game is scheduled to tip at 2 PM.