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Grant Sherfield’s 29 points lifts Nevada past first-place Boise State 73-62, earning series sweep

David Calvert || Nevada Athletics Department

In its biggest series to date, it played its best basketball to date.

The Nevada Wolf Pack completed the series sweep over first-place Boise State — earning the 73-62 victory Sunday afternoon.

Nevada star guard Grant Sherfield led the charge, putting together another dominant performance.

The Mountain West Player of the Year candidate tallied a career-high 29 points on 9-of-18 shooting, including 3-of-6 from deep and 8-of-8 from the charity stripe. He added a team-high eight assists with two steals. It marked his 11th 20-point game of the season.

Desmond Cambridge and Warren Washington followed. Cambridge tallied 17 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Warren Washington recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

As a team, the Pack shot 46.7 percent from the floor and 31.6 percent from beyond the arc.

Nevada, extending its win streak to four games, advances to 14-7 and 9-5 in Mountain West play. It is now 2-3 in Quad 1 or 2 games this season.

Boise State falls to 14-4 and 10-3 in conference play. It has dropped three of their last four games after taking 13 of their first 14.

The Pack held the Broncos to 34.6 percent — 29.6 percent in the second half — and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc.

Derrick Alston, who is toe-to-toe with Sherfield for contention of the conference’s Player of the Year award, tallied a team-high 17 points on 5-of-10 shooting and 3-of-6 from deep. Coming off a career-high 19 points Friday, Emmanuel Akot tallied 13 points on 5-of-10 shooting.

Mladen Armus recorded his fifth game of the season in double figures, totaling 12 points with a team-high eight boards.

Nevada imposed its physical presence inside the paint throughout the contest. Nevada outrebounded Boise State 39-34 and more than doubled (38-to-16) its scoring output in the painted area.

Alston’s jumper gave the Broncos a 10-8 lead with 15:28 remaining. Armus and Alston accounted for 14 of Boise’s first 17 points.

A 10-0 Bronco run — capped off a 3-pointer from Max Rice — extended the Bronco advantage to 20-11.

Nevada retaliated with its own 10-0 run — headlined Cambridge’s reverse jam on the alley-oop pass from Sherfield — to take the 21-20 lead with 8:06 to go.

Both teams traded the lead throughout the first half.

Sherfield drilled a 3-pointer as the halftime buzzer sounded — awarding Nevada the 32-31 lead. Both put together shooting lines. Nevada shot 41.9 percent from the floor and 37 percent from deep. Boise State shot 40 percent and 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. The teams combined for 25 first half fouls.

Washington’s two-handed slam extended Nevada’s lead to 39-33. Hymes’ dunk extended it to 58-51 with 8:30 remaining.

Back-to-back 3-pointers from RayJ Dennis and Akot trimmed the Pack lead to 65-60, prompting a Wolf Pack timeout — but that’s the closest the deficit got. Boise State’s last-ditch effort was not enough to avoid the season sweep against the Wolf Pack.

Up next:

Nevada hits the road for two games against the San Jose State Spartans. The series begins Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m. PST.

Boise State heads home for its final four-game homestand of the season. It begins with a two-game series versus UNLV Thursday at 7 p.m. PST on CBS Sports Network.