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Nevada falls to Grand Canyon 87-77

NCAA Basketball: Nevada at St. Mary’s Darren Yamashita-USA TODAY Sports

A second-half surge from the Grand Canyon Antelopes led to a 87-77 victory over the Nevada Wolf Pack Friday evening at GCU Arena in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Pack held a 62-60 lead — capping off an 8-0 run by a layup from forward Warren Washington.

GCU manufactured a game-altering 15-0 run to command a 75-62 lead — its largest lead of the night — and wouldn’t look back. The lead did not dip below double digits the remainder of the night.

Nevada drops to 4-2 on the season while Grand Canyon advances to an 4-0.

Grand Canyon has won by an average of 24 points per game this season. It was the first game of the season where the Pack played in front of fans.

The Pack shot just 35.7 percent — 23.1 percent from deep — in the second half while Grand Canyon shot 58.3 percent. Nevada shot 45.8 percent on the evening and 36 percent from 3-point range

Desmond Cambridge totaled a season-high 24 points on 7-of-15 shooting. Grant Sherfield added 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting with a team-high five assists.

Grand Canyon hit 57.7 percent of his shots with a 47.4 3-point percentage.

Jovan Blacksher Jr. had a career-high 22 points on 7-of-13 shooting. Alessandro Lever had 19 points, including 9-of-11 from the charity stripe.

Leading scorer Asbjorn Mitgaard (16.7 ppg) was held to just seven points on 2-of-5 shooting with two rebounds.

The remaining two double-digit scorers for the Antelopes were Oscar Frayer and Mikey Dixon. Frayer tallied 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting with a team-high nine rebounds — both season-highs. Dixon had 11 points — netting five of his eight attempts.