Win Streak Snapped With Loss To Nevada
Jan. 20, 2018

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BOISE, Idaho - Boise State couldn't hold a late lead Saturday as Nevada's 7-0 run over the final 1:58 sealed a 72-68 Wolf Pack victory that snapped the Broncos' three-game winning streak.

Riley Lupfer's three-point play with 1:58 to go put Boise State ahead, 68-65, as the Broncos (11-8, 5-3 MW) came back from as many as seven down in the final period, but the shots stopped falling the rest of the way, as the Broncos missed their final five attempts. Nevada, meanwhile, answered Lupfer's three-point play with a bucket from Jade Redmon, who scored a game-high 20 points, and a short jumper from Teige Zeller, to take a 69-68 lead with 52.6 seconds to play.

After a timeout, Lupfer missed a 3-pointer from the right wing, and, after an offensive rebound, Shalen Shaw's attempt in traffic wouldn't fall, forcing the Broncos to foul. Nevada's T Moe made just one of her two attempts, giving the Broncos another chance at tying the game or taking the lead, but Marta Hermida's jumper didn't fall. Moe, who finished with 13 points, then sealed the win for the Wolf Pack with a pair of free throws with 6.6 seconds on the clock.

"It was a game very similar to the games we played in non-conference, where we were in the game the last minute or so and can't make a play. We can't finish a play," said Boise State head coach Gordy Presnell. "I think we got four looks, and didn't make any of them. And when [Nevada] needed a bucket, they got a zero-footer."

Nevada (11-7, 4-3 MW) shot 54.9 percent from the field, a season high by a Bronco opponent, going 28-for-51. Redmon went 9-for-14 to lead the Wolf Pack, which also got three treys and 13 points from Camarish King, and 14 points with eight rebounds from Zeller. In the contest, the Wolf Pack went 4-for-7 from distance, and hit just one 3-pointer the entire second half.

Lupfer and Hermida led the Broncos with 15 points apiece Saturday, despite Lupfer being held to conference season-low two 3-pointers. Shaw finished with nine points and five rebounds, while Braydey Hodgins grabbed a career-high seven boards.

The game was seesaw throughout, featuring seven ties and six lead changes, while Nevada's seven-point lead at 56-49 with 9:28 to play was the largest for either team. Boise State, however, found itself playing catch up for much too long, as Nevada led the contest for a total of 24:50.

The Broncos looked good early, answering Redmon's game-opening jumper with seven-straight points, including a Lupfer trey, to go up 7-2 just 2:35 in. Nevada responded with an 8-0 run of its own as the game settled into a back-and-forth flow. The Wolf Pack, behind King's three triples, led by a pair at 17-15 after the opening quarter before the Broncos flipped the margin behind six second-quarter points from Tess Amundsen to take a 33-31 lead into the break.

The Wolf Pack scored six-straight to open the second half, taking a 37-33 lead, and got the advantage to six at 48-42 after a layup from Janelle Sumilong with 3:17 left in the quarter. Boise State would answer with a 6-0 run consisting of three-straight layups from A'Shanti Coleman, who scored eight points off the bench Saturday.

But every time the Broncos made a run to tie it up or take a slim lead, Nevada had an answer. Redmon quickly put the Wolf Pack back on top at 51-49 with a jumper, and later in the fourth quarter, after the Broncos fought back from the seven-point deficit to tie it up at 60-60 with 5:39 to go, Redmon drew a foul on a layup and hit the bonus to put Nevada right back up three at 63-60.

"I think [Nevada] is more athletic than us. We knew that going in, that they're long and athletic. We thought we would do a little better with our skill level, but they affected our shots and I thought they guarded Riley well," Presnell said.

Boise State will try to avoid a two-game slide as it travels to San Jose State Wednesday, taking on the Spartans at 8 p.m. MT.


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