Nevada 74, San Jose St. 45
RENO, Nev. (AP)—Kirk Snyder had 19 points to lead Nevada over San Jose State 74-45 Saturday night and give the Wolf Pack the No. 1 seed in next week’s Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Garry Hill-Thomas added 18 points for Nevada (20-8, 13-5 WAC), which finished the season 14-0 at home.
The Wolf Pack finished the regular season tied with UTEP atop the WAC standings, but won the tiebreaker over the Miners for the top seed in the tournament.
Eric Walton had 19 points and 14 rebounds for San Jose State (6-22, 1-17).
The Spartans scored the first basket of the game, but that was their only lead. With the score tied at four, Nevada went on a 19-3 run to open a 23-7 lead with 9:19 left in the first half.
The Spartans answered with a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 25-17, but could get no closer the rest of the game.
The Wolf Pack led 39-24 at halftime and stretched the lead to 28 points, at 65-37, on a pair of free throws by Nick Fazekas, who finished with 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Nevada won 20 games in the regular season for the first time since the 1978-79 campaign.