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Ball Game: Cody Martin’s game-winner stuns Boise State

10th-ranked Wolf Pack improve to 17-1

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Cody Martin’s game-winning three-pointer stunned the Boise State Broncos Tuesday, 72-71. The Pack also avoided a disastrous ending to their No. 10 rank in the country, as they improved to 17-1 on the season.

Alex Hobbs’ reverse layup put the Broncos up 71-69 with just over 90 seconds remaining. Caleb Martin’s three-pointer missed off the rim and put the ball back in the Broncos’ possession. Justinian Jessup missed on the other end to set up Martin’s game-winner that silenced the BSU crowd in Taco Bell Arena.



  • The Pack shot 52 percent from the field and 36 percent from three-point range (9-25). Cody Martin scored a team-high 16 points and dished out four assists. After a quick six points in the first three minutes, Caleb Martin finished with just 10 points on 3-11 shooting.
  • Another Double-Double: Jordan Caroline tallied his 11th double-double this season with 15 points and 13 rebounds on the night. He also recorded his 1,500th point a Wolf Pack uniform. Caroline was the driving force inside for most of the night and kept the Pack afloat for much of the second half.
  • Second Half Collapse: After building a 40-31 halftime lead, the Broncos outscored the Pack 40-32 to put them right back into the game. Both teams struggled to score in the half-court set during the final 20 minutes, but Nevada is a dangerous team when they get out and run in the open court.


  • Nevada held Boise State to 42 percent shooting from the field and 24 percent from behind the arc (5-21). Four players scored in double figures, including Alex Hobbs who scored a game-high 19 points. Derrick Alston added 14 points off the bench.
  • Keeping it Close: The Broncos clawed their way back to bring the game within four points with under five minutes remaining. RJ Williams’ step-back jumper put Boise State up two before Martin’s game-winner capped the potential upset.


The Pack narrowly escaped this one to say the least, and they can’t keep playing with fire if they want their spot in the top-10 to remain untouched. Nevada must find new ways to score on the inside and not depend too much on the three-pointer late in games, as it kills their offensive rhythm and fuels fast-break opportunities for the opposition. The Pack can’t keep this type of play up to avoid another upset.


Nevada faces Air Force Saturday, Jan. 19 at Lawlor Events Center. The Falcons are 6-10 this season and 1-3 in conference play.