Martin’s 3 lifts No. 10 Nevada over Boise State 72-71
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Cody Martin hit a 3-pointer with 4.5 seconds remaining to help No. 10 Nevada beat Boise State 72-71 on Tuesday night.
Boise State (8-9, 3-1) had a chance to win it but Justinian Jessup’s long 3-point heave at the buzzer fell short.
Nevada seemed to have the game on cruise control early in the second half, never allowing the Broncos to get any closer than seven points, but the Wolf Pack (17-1, 4-1) remained in constant foul trouble. Starters Trey Porter and Caleb Martin were on the bench with four fouls with just over nine minutes remaining in the game.
Boise State took its first lead of the second half at 69-68 with 2:10 remaining on two free throws by Alex Hobbs. Cody Martin then tied the game hitting one of two from the line with 1:52 left. Hobbs then answered with a layup 10 seconds later to give the Broncos a 71-69 advantage. Nevada, however, turned up its defensive intensity and stifled two subsequent Boise State possessions, setting up Martin’s game winner.
Cody Martin finished with 16 points for Nevada, while Jordan Caroline added 15 and grabbed 13 rebounds.
Hobbs and Jessup paced Boise State with 19 and 17 points, respectively.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack knocked off a Mountain West co-leader for the second straight game on the road as they continue to right the ship after a 27-point loss on the road to New Mexico earlier this month. The hard-fought victory over the Broncos also serves as further proof that Nevada remains the team to beat in the conference.
Boise State: The Broncos continue to search for the consistency they need to prove they are serious contenders in the conference this season. Long spells of poor shooting and lackadaisical defense have doomed Boise State this season against stronger competition. And if the Broncos have any aspirations of making noise in the Mountain West, they need to find a better rhythm and quickly.
Nevada returns home to host Air Force on Saturday.
Boise State hosts Fresno State on Saturday.