RENO, Nev. JaVale McGee scored a game-high 26 points to lead the Nevada Wolf Pack to an 87-57 romp over Louisiana Tech in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday night.
McGee knocked down 12-of-14 shots and helped Nevada finish the game shooting 66 percent from the field. The Wolf Pack also had a huge edge on the boards, outrebounding its guests 37-19.
Louisiana Tech was just 20-of-55 (36.4 percent) from the field.
Nevada never trailed after the opening three minutes and improved to 19-10 overall and 11-4 in WAC play. The win was Nevada coach Mark Fox's 100th career victory.
Louisiana Tech (4-23, 1-13 WAC) never got closer than 16 points after the intermission. That came after a driving layup by Dwayne Lathan made the score 47-31 with 16:29 to go in the second half. Kyle Gibson was the lone Louisiana Tech player to contribute double figures in the scoring column, finishing with 19 points.
The Wolf Pack led by as much as 37 points after a pair of Armon Johnson free throws with 7:25 to go in the game.
Brandon Fields added 14 points and Johnson scored 10 for Nevada.
IDAHO 69, SAN JOSE STATE 67: At San Jose, Calif., guard Jordan Brooks made two free throws with 3.3 seconds left in the game giving the University of Idaho a victory win over San Jose State University in a Western Athletic Conference men's basketball game Saturday night.
The win for the Vandals (8-19, 5-10 WAC) marked the first time in six seasons that Idaho won back-to-back road games, and the first time Idaho swept a regular season series from a Western Athletic Conference opponent since joining the conference in 2005-06.
The Spartans (12-16, 4-10 WAC) were unable to get a final shot off to either tie or win the game. Guard Justin Graham, who finished with 13 points, fell as he was dribbling forward just inside the half court line.
Five Idaho players scored in double figures led by forward Michael Crowell's 20 points. Guard Mike Hall came off the bench with 14 and got a key offensive rebound with 33 seconds that set up Idaho's final play for Brooks, who finished with 10 points.
San Jose State, which wiped out an 11-point first-half deficit, was led in scoring by forward Tim Pierce who had a season-high 20 points.
Though the Spartans outrebounded the Vandals, 37-31, Idaho pulled down 17 offensive rebounds in the win.
In a game in which the lead changed hands 17 times, Idaho helped themselves by committing a season-low eight turnovers. San Jose State turned the ball over 16 times which led to 21 Vandal points.