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Killer Twins: Martin Twins push Nevada past Boise State

8th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack improve to 21-1.

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The 8th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack stomped the Boise State Broncos 93-73 Saturday at Lawlor Events Center, much of that was courtesy of Caleb and Cody Martin. The twins combined for 51 points, 10 assists and five steals to takeover the game.

As a result, the Pack improved to 21-1 overall and 8-1 in conference play this season.

THE RUNDOWN:

OFFENSE:

  • Nevada shot a blistering 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from three. Five players scored in double-figures, Jazz Johnson added 12 points off the bench. Tre’Shawn Thurman scored 10 points in his third-straight game in the starting lineup.
  • Bronco Killer: After beating Boise State with a game-winning three-pointer Jan. 15, Cody Martin added a season-high 21 points, seven assists, four rebounds and four steals to his resume this time around. He also surpassed 1,000 career points in the process. Martin single-handedly fueled transition buckets with steals on the other end and hit two threes in what has been arguably his best game of the season.
  • Caleb Gets Buckets (Part Two): Caleb Martin finished with a game-high 30 points on 9-16 shooting from the field and 5-11 from three. Martin has been red-hot as of late and scored baskets in a variety of ways, including seven free throws from the stripe. That being said, nothing gets the Lawlor crowd going like a signature Caleb three-pointer.

  • 40 Career Double-Doubles for Caroline: Jordan Caroline tallied his 12th double-double this season and 40th of his career with 13 points and 13 boards. Caroline has been the consistent force the Wolf Pack have needed, and now that the rest of the offense is finding its stride, Nevada is one of the most dangerous teams in the nation.

DEFENSE:

The Pack held the Broncos to 46 percent shooting from the field and 42 percent from beyond the arc. Justinian Jessup and Derrick Alston recorded 19 points apiece. Alex Hobbs scored a game-high 21 points. Nevada forced 11 turnovers and two blocks on the day.

Rebound Battle: Despite recording just four offensive rebounds, Nevada won the rebounding battle 33-30. Crashing the boards stopped the countless second chance the Broncos received in the first half. Once that was taken care of, the Wolf Pack took off and never looked back.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Nevada didn’t make this one look close compared to the last meeting. The Pack dominated every aspect of the game and displayed their top-10 status in the nation once again. This type of play may continue heading into March.

NEXT UP:

The Wolf Pack face the Colorado State Rams in a road game Wednesday, Feb. 6 at the Moby Arena. The Rams are 9-13 overall and 4-5 in conference play this season.