LAS VEGAS — Nevada gave the tournament’s top seed all it could handle Th, merely a decisive run in the beginning half and some crucial missed costless throws down the stretch were enough to put an finish to the Wolf Pack’s flavour.

Boise State finished the starting time one-half with an 18-v run to turn an 8-betoken arrears into a 38-33 lead, so held on for an eventual 71-69 win in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Wolf Pack had a shot to win at the stop, but a wide open Kenan Blackshear iii-indicate attempt hit the rim and bounced away, and the clock ran out a second subsequently.

The No. 8 seed Nevada never once more led later on the Broncos went in front, 29-28, tardily in the commencement half. The Pack trailed by equally many as 12 points in the 2nd half, but cutting that downward to four to set up the stage for the final minutes.

The Wolf Pack’s season ended at xiii-eighteen, its offset losing flavor since 2014-fifteen (ix-22).

Nevada’s guard combination of Grant Sherfield (25 points) and Desmond Cambridge Jr. (16) combined to score 41 of the Pack’southward 69 points. Warren Washington added 13, on v-for-9 shooting.

Boise State (25-vii) was led past 22 points from Emmanuel Akot.

The Broncos, due to their strong regular season record, are essentially assured a spot in the NCAA Tournament, according to virtually tournament projections.

Boise next plays in the MW semifinals Friday at 6:30 p.m. against No. iv seed Wyoming, which beat No. 5 seed UNLV in the 2d quarterfinal matchup Thursday afternoon.

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Key to the game

Complimentary-throw woes: After cutting a 12-betoken Boise Country lead down to five, Nevada injure its chances with three key complimentary-throw misses in the final minutes.

Commencement, Cambridge missed the forepart end of a one-and-one with ii:40 left and Boise State in forepart, 69-64; one minute later (and with the margin downwardly to 4 points), Blackshear missed two shots afterwards cartoon a flagrant foul from Abu Kigab.

Overall, the Wolf Pack finished 11-of-16 from the line.

“We got some really skilful fundamental (defensive) stops; I just idea in the final 2 minutes, we didn’t execute,” Nevada head coach Steve Alford said after the game.

Afterwards Blackshear’due south two misses, Cambridge Jr. hit a layup to brand it 71-69 with 1:31 remaining.

After trading possessions with no points, Boise’due south Marcus Shaver Jr. missed a three-point attempt with 12 seconds left.

With Nevada opting to not telephone call timeout, Cambridge Jr. grabbed the rebound, moved the brawl upward court and found Blackshear for the three arrow that missed the mark.

Takeaways

Unlike kind of drought: A apartment stretch of play once again injure Nevada’s chances in an eventual loss.

On Thursday, it came in the first half and didn’t end until the Broncos had put together a fourteen-0 run. That turned a 28-twenty Nevada lead into a 34-28 advantage for Boise in a little over v minutes of clock time.

Alford, though, said he felt the scoring surge was more of a credit to Boise State than a echo of some of the Wolf Pack’south bug from earlier in the season.

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“The lulls I’ve talked most (this season) really are more to do with the attempt and the toughness and agreement good shot (vs.) bad shot,” Alford said. “And so there’s times you have to tip your hat off to who you’re playing. So we made our run early on; they made their run a little afterward, in the second part of the second half.

“Only I really thought our effort was good. I liked our attention to detail. Guys were listening, working.”

Sherfield the workhorse: The Pack’s Sherfield was over again outstanding, leading Nevada in scoring (25) and assists (half-dozen) while also playing all only 56 seconds of the game. He shot 10-for-20 and fabricated all five of his gratis throws.

Sherfield logged just short of 1,000 minutes this season, the about on the roster despite missing three games in early Feb.

Another close game: Nevada ended the flavor with four straight games decided by vii or fewer points — including ii against Boise Land.

The Pack lost three of those, including a 1-point home loss to San Diego Country and Thursday’south two-point loss that wasn’t decided until the final cablegram.

Iii numbers

8-nine —
Nevada’south record in Mountain W tournament games. The Wolf Pack has won the event once (2017).

ix —
Boise Country’due south rebounding edge (36-27). The interior scoring finished nearly even, though, with the Broncos holding a 34-32 advantage.

28.half-dozen —
The Pack’s shooting percent from behind the 3-bespeak line (half-dozen-for-21).

Quotable

“They (Boise State) are a tough team. Both games this year, they punched us in the mouth and they got out on u.s. quick. In our huddle as a team, we were simply telling each other, ‘When we get out in that location, let’due south go, permit’southward go, let’s go.’ Let’s endeavor to hit them first this time. And I feel like nosotros hit them outset; (simply) they responded. And and so the second half was simply a battle.”

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— Junior guard Grant Sherfield

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