Nevada 74, San Jose St. 45
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP)—Marcellus Kemp scored 13 points as Nevada defeated San Jose State 74-45 in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams Saturday.
Kirk Snyder and Kevinn Pinkney each added 11 points as the Wolfpack (7-3, 1-0) won their fifth straight by ending a three-game road losing streak. Jermaine Washington had 10 points.
Phil Calvert scored nine points to lead San Jose State (5-6, 0-1), which lost its third straight. The Spartans have lost four of their last five games against the Wolfpack.
Nevada won its second WAC opener in eight years in a game delayed 15 minutes when an official showed up late. It was Nevada’s largest margin of victory in a conference road game since beating Pacific 90-56 on Feb. 8, 1996.
The Wolfpack, who arrived in the Bay Area only after winter storms stretched their bus ride from Reno to nine hours, opened the second half with a 10-2 run over the first four minutes in taking a 46-19 lead. They took a 30-point lead into the final six minutes.
Nevada limited the Spartans to 26 percent shooting in the first half to pull away early. The Spartans shot a season-low 22 percent for the game.
The Wolfpack used a 9-2 run during a nine-minute span of the first half to take the lead for good, holding San Jose State to one basket and forcing four turnovers.
San Jose State also went without a field goal over the final four minutes of the half and was outscored 12-2 as Nevada took a 36-17 lead at halftime.