Nevada Basketball: Wolf Pack Fall To #5 San Diego State 83-76
On Senior Night in Reno, the Wolf Pack’s hot start faded away as Malachi Flynn and the Aztecs use a strong second half performance to defeat Nevada 83-76.
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Wolf Pack Fall To #5 San Diego State 83-76 In Regular Season Finale
Despite a hard fought effort, the Nevada Wolf Pack lost their regular season finale to the San Diego State Aztecs 83-76 on Saturday night. The loss to the Aztecs snaps Nevada’s six game winning streak and their 20 game home winning streak against Mountain West teams. With the loss to San Diego State, the Wolf Pack end their regular season with a 19-11 overall record and a 12-6 conference record.
The Wolf Pack did play well against the Aztecs for most of the game and led by double digits at one point. But in the second half, SDSU’s Malachi Flynn was dominant as his play propelled the Aztecs to the win in Reno. Flynn scored 36 points and tallied five rebounds and five assists in the win over the Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack started the game shooting the ball well against San Diego State’s stout defense. Nevada shot 57 percent from the field and went 5 for 10 from the three point line in the first half. Nevada’s good shooting was the reason why they had a 45-36 lead on San Diego State at the half. The Wolf Pack eventually stretched their lead on the Aztecs to 15 as Nevada was up 54-39 with 16 minutes left in the second half.
Led by Malachi Flynn, the Aztecs went on a 31-12 scoring run over a ten minute time period to take the lead away from the Wolf Pack. Flynn had some help in leading the Aztec comeback as guard KJ Feagin scored 14 points and made four threes despite an ankle injury during the game.
The Wolf Pack offense, which was fantastic in the first half, cooled down in the second half. Nevada went on a seven minute scoring drought late in the game as the Aztec defense put the clamps on the Wolf Pack offense. Nevada made one last push in the final minutes of the game to tie the game but that effort came up short as the Aztecs pulled away for the win.
For Nevada, Jalen Harris led the team in scoring as he dropped 24 points and five assists in the loss to the Aztecs. Along with Harris, Jazz Johnson and Lindsey Drew both scored 13 points apiece in the loss to San Diego State.
The Wolf Pack will head to Las Vegas for 2020 the Mountain West Tournament as the no.3 seed as they will face the winner of the #6 vs #11 contest between Colorado State and Wyoming.
That contest between Nevada and the Colorado State/Wyoming winner will be on Thursday.