Colorado State’s Anthony Bonner, left, dribbles against Nevada’s Hallice Cooke, right, in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Reno, Nev., Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Tom R. Smedes)
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Caleb Martin scored 25 points, Jordan Caroline had 21 points and 14 rebounds and No. 20 Nevada clinched the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament with a 92-83 victory over Colorado State on Sunday.
Cody Martin, Caleb’s twin brother, had 17 points and 10 assists for the Wolf Pack (25-5, 14-2 Mountain West), who clinched at least a share of the regular-season championship for the second consecutive year. Nevada has road games against UNLV and San Diego State remaining, but has a two-game lead over second-place Boise State and holds the tiebreaker over the Broncos.
Prentiss Nixon had 27 points and 10 rebounds for Colorado State (11-19, 4-13). Anthony Bonner added 19 points and Nico Carvarcho had 13 points and 14 rebounds for the Rams, who kept the game tight until the waning moments.
Colorado State led 52-49 on a 3-pointer by Nixon with 14:53 remaining, but Caleb Martin hit a 3-pointer to tie it at 52. The shot sparked a 14-5 run, and the Wolf Pack never trailed again.
Nevada led 40-38 at halftime. The Wolf Pack struggled from the field for much of the game, hitting 33 of 77 shots (42.9 percent), including 10 of 27 3-pointers (37 percent). Colorado State hit 29 of 62 shots (46.8 percent) and was 13 of 32 (40.6 percent) on 3-pointers.
The Rams out-rebounded the Wolf Pack 21-12 in the first half, but ended with a 43-42 edge as Nevada had a 30-22 edge in the second half.
Nevada overcame first-half shooting woes to score 52 points in the second half and put away a persistent Colorado State team.
Nevada honored its three seniors – Kendall Stephens, Hallice Cooke and Elijah Foster – in their final home game
Colorado State hosts New Mexico on Wednesday in its final regular-season game.
Nevada closes out the regular season with road games against UNLV on Wednesday and San Diego State on Saturday.
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