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Late surge lifts No. 14 Nevada past Boise State

EditorsNote: update 2: revises second graf

Mar 14, 2019; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas State Wildcats guard Kamau Stokes (3) shoots while defended by Texas Christian Horned Frogs guard RJ Nembhard (22) during the first half of the quarterfinals of the Big 12 conference tournament at Sprint Center. Mandatory Credit: Amy Kontras-USA TODAY Sports

Caleb Martin scored 19 points and 14th-ranked Nevada defeated Boise State 77-69 on Thursday in a quarterfinal game of the Mountain West Conference tournament at Las Vegas.

The top-seeded Wolf Pack will play the fourth-seeded San Diego State in a Friday night semifinal. The Aztecs topped fifth-seeded UNLV 63-55 on Thursday.

With the game tied at 62-62 on Thursday, Cody Martin’s jumper at the top of the key put Nevada up 64-62 with 3:37 to play. Derrick Alston, who scored 15 second-half points to help the eighth-seeded Broncos keep up with the Wolf Pack, turned the ball over on a travel call on the ensuing possession.

Tre’Shawn Thurman’s subsequent reverse layup made it a four-point game, but Marcus Dickinson’s 3 cut the lead to 66-65. Thurman’s turnaround jumper and Cody Martin’s off-balance jumper gave Nevada some breathing room at 70-65 with 1:17 to play and the Wolf Pack were able to hang on for the win.

Jazz Johnson came off the bench to spark the Nevada offense with a team-high 20 points on 5-for-7 shooting — all from 3-point range. Cody Martin finished with 10 points, nine assists and five rebounds.

Alston led Boise State (13-20) with 21 points. Justinian Jessup added 18, Dickinson scored 12 and Zach Haney had 10 points and seven boards.

The Wolf Pack (29-3) trailed by 15 in the first half but used a 10-0 run spanning the end of the first and beginning of the second half to take its first lead of the game at 37-34, Caleb Martin’s 3-pointer at the 18:27 mark of the second half giving them the lead.

Jessup ended the Boise State drought with a layup two-and-a-half minutes into the second half and sparked a 6-0 Broncos run to give Boise State a 40-37 lead.

Nevada then went on another 7-0 run to take a 57-50 lead on Trey Porter’s dunk with 9:33 left.

Boise State stormed back, scoring 10 straight to take the lead on a layup and free throw from Alex Hobbs with 5:29 left. That would be the Broncos’ last lead of the game.

Boise State held a 34-29 halftime lead. Jessup led the Broncos with 12 points. Caleb Martin led the Wolf Pack with nine.

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