Broncos stay on WAC leader Utah State's tail with a 77-68 win over Nevada

BOISE, Idaho (AP) -Reggie Larry scored 20 points, Matt Nelson added 19 and Matt Bauscher had a career-best 10 rebounds to lead Boise State past Nevada 77-68 on Thursday night.

Boise State, which leads the nation in field goal percentage, rode 62 percent shooting to build a 42-30 halftime lead, then held off Nevada in the second half.

The Wolf Pack cut Boise State's lead to 58-53 with 9:33 left. But four consecutive free throws by Larry and Nelson, and a Nelson basket put the Broncos (18-6, 9-3 Western Athletic Conference) back ahead by 11 with 8 minutes left.

Marcelus Kemp led Nevada's second half comeback with 17 of his 22 points in the second half. Brandon Fields added 12 for the Wolf Pack (16-9, 8-4 WAC) and Armon Johnson had 11.

Boise State set the tone early, jumping out to an 11-0 lead and never trailing. Boise State swept both games from Nevada for the first time since the 1998-99 season.

Nevada was hindered when starting forward Demarshay Johnson left the game early with an ankle sprain and didn't return until late in the game. He scored only 2 points.

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