Nevada defeats Colorado State 79-71 to win Mountain West Championship

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Eight years. That's how long it has been since Nevada played basketball the Saturday before Selection Sunday.

You'd have to go back eleven years to 2006 to find the last time they won a championship the day before the brackets were released.

With that information, it's safe to say that their first ever Mountain West Championship is historic for the program, but their 79-71 win over Colorado State did not come easily.

Nevada lead by 16 over the Rams with 2:18 in the 1st, but CSU would storm back to tie the game up at 51 with 11:33 in the 1st.

The majority of the Pack's points in the second half came from the free throw line, where they shot 26-of-35. In fact, the Pack's final 11 points came from the charity stripe.

Colorado State's Gian Clavell was fouled at the three point line with 10 seconds to go and down by six, but could not convert any of the free throws. On the other end D.J. Fenner hit both free throws to seal a Pack victory.

Jordan Caroline led all Pack scorers with 28 while Marcus Marshall added 21. D.J. Fenner and freshman Josh Hall also poured in 12 points each. Cameron Oliver only had four points but proved pivotal on the boards with 14 rebounds. One of the major keys for Nevada was to win the rebound battle and they did 46 to 34.

With the win, Nevada automatically advances to the NCAA Tournament. Selection Sunday begins at 2:30 PM and from there Nevada will find out their seeding and who and where they will play in the tournament.

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