No. 20 Nevada gets past Colorado State, earns league title

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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