No. 7 Nevada beats BYU 86-70
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Caleb Martin scored 21 points, all in the second half, and Jordan Caroline grabbed a career high 16 rebounds as No. 7 Nevada beat Brigham Young 86-70 in the season opener at Lawlor Events Center.
By EMERSON MARCUS
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Caleb Martin scored all 21 of his points in the second half and Jordan Caroline tied a career high with 16 rebounds to help No. 7 Nevada beat Brigham Young 86-70 in the season opener Tuesday night.
After Nevada's offense sputtered in the first half, it accelerated in the second, especially in the game's final 10 minutes. Nevada shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and 51 percent in the second.
Jordan Caroline helped Nevada go into the half tied at 34. He had a double-double with five minutes left in the first half, the 28th of his career, which moved him into sixth all time in school history. He led all players with 25 points.
Jahshire Hardnett led BYU with 17 points. Cougar forward Yoeli Childs had 16 points and 12 rebounds, but played limited minutes after he committed his fourth foul with 19:10 left in the second half.
BYU: The Cougars entered a raucous Lawlor Events Center (15th largest attendance in Nevada history, 11,094) and competed against a top ten team, showing why they are a contender to challenge Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference.
Nevada: With the first top 10 ranking to start the season in school history, there's a lot of hype in Reno.
BYU: The Cougars return to Provo on Friday for its "Crosstown Clash" against Utah Valley.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack plays game two of its four-game home stand to start the season Friday as it hosts Pacific.