By Brian Murphy
RENO — Nevada dominated the second half and cruised past Boise State 75-59 at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno on Saturday afternoon.
The Broncos led 28-27 at halftime, but Nevada used a 10-0 early in the second half to take control of the game. Malik Story had eight points during the 10-0 run. He finished with 16 points.
The Broncos were 4-of-21 from 3-point range in the loss. Boise State shot a season-low from the field and the 3-point line.
Anthony Drmic scored a game-high 23 points for Boise State, but he was 1-of-8 from 3-point range.
Boise State (14-5, 2-3 in the Mountain West) played without guard Jeff Elorriaga (concussion).
A couple notes from Boise State:
…Anthony Drmic scored 23 points, his seventh 20-point game of the season…total is the most by a Bronco since La’Shard Anderson also had seven in 2010-11.
…The Broncos have had a 20-point scorer in 10 of their last 11 games.
…Boise State shot a season-low 36.1 percent from the floor (22-of-61), just the third time this season the team failed to eclipse 40 percent shooting…the Broncos had won each of the two previous games (Louisiana and Fresno State) when shooting less than 40 percent.
…Boise State’s 59 points were the second-fewest scored this season (Utah; 55).
…Boise State grabbed its first lead in the opening half with 1-minute, 4-seconds remaining until intermission (28-27)…Nevada opened the game on a 7-0 run, and led by as many as 10 points in the opening period (20-10; 9:45)…Boise State closed the half on an 18-7 run.
…The second half saw seven lead changes and four ties…trailing 39-37 (15:50), Nevada went on a 13-2 run and held on for the win.
…The Broncos and Wolf Pack have now played conference games as members of four different leagues: the Big Sky Conference (1979-80 through 1991-92), the Big West Conference (1996-97 through 1999-2000), the Western Athletic Conference (2001-02 through 2010-11) and the Mountain West (2011-12).
RENO — Boise State's men's basketball team leads Nevada 28-27 at halftime at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. Center Kenny Buckner gave the Broncos their only lead of the half with a lay-up with 1 minute, 4 seconds remaining.
Nevada scored the game's first seven points and led by as many as 10 in the first half.
Anthony Drmic, Mikey Thompson and Derrick Marks each had seven points for Boise State. Buckner, who earned his first start of the season, had five points and six rebounds.
Jerry Evans, Jr. and Deonte Burton led the Wolf Pack with seven points.
Boise State, which entered the game fifth in the nation in 3-point percentage, was 1-for-10 from 3-point range in the first half. Drmic was 0-for-3.
RENO — Boise State senior center Kenny Buckner is in the starting lineup for the first time this season. The Broncos take on Nevada at 2 p.m. Mountain.
The 6-foot-9 Buckner is taking the place of guard Jeff Elorriaga, who is out with a concussion. Buckner is averaging 6.5 points and 4.9 points per game. Starting center Ryan Watkins will move to power forward.
The other starters are Derrick Marks, Igor Hadziomerovic and Anthony Drmic. I wrote about Drmic and his competitive nature for Saturday's Idaho Statesman.
Junior wing Thomas Bropleh (wrist) is expected to play.