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Nevada basketball wants Open Mountain West Tournament against Boise State

Nevada's path to a potential West Mountain Tournament title will start with Boise State.

Nevada on Thursday at noon. The game wants air on CBS Sports Network.

The Wolf Pack sweeps the season series with Boise State, although it is a Cody Martin 3-pointer with 5 seconds remaining in their first game to score a 72-71 victory. Nevada then beat Boise State, 93-73, in the second game between the teams, that's coming up at Lawlor Events Center.

In Boise State's win over Colorado State, Derrick Alston tallied a team-high 17 points while Zach Haney added 16 and Marcus Dickinson added 10. The Broncos shot 51.2 percent, including 5-of-16 from three. J.D. Paige had a game-high 25 points for Colorado State, which finished its season at 12-20.

Wolf Pack coach Eric Musselman said he likes his team has been playing in the conference tournament.

"I thought we ended the season on the right note," said Musselman, whose team scored at 81-53 win over San Diego State in its regular-season final to clinch a conference title. "I thought we played pretty good at Air Force (a 90-79 win the game prior). I think we're in the right mental frame. If you're in a bad mental spot, you did not bounce back like we did after Utah State (at 81-76 loss on March 2). That could have been the defining game. We could have clinched and all that other stuff. We've just come back from the Air Force and I'm thinking of doing something for San Diego State. I do not think they're tired and I do not think anything but we're moving in the right direction. "

Prior to the Boise State-Colorado State, Musselman was asked to make a better match against one of those opponents.

"I do not think so," he said. "They're different. Boise has two big guys. Colorado State has a big guy in Nico (Carvacho). Colorado State can really score the ball. Boise's balanced offensively and defensively. I think both present problems. "



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