Reno, Nevada — BYU hung tough for most of the game, but 7th-ranked Nevada was too much at the end as BYU fell to the Wolfpack 86-70.
After BYU fell behind 9-0 early, Nevada preseason All-American Caleb Martin went to the bench early with two fouls allowing BYU to go into the half tied 34-34. BYU kept it within 4 points for most of the second half until Nevada pulled away in the final 5 minutes for the final margin.
Jahshire Hardnett led BYU with 17 points and Yoeli Childs was plagued with second half foul trouble to finish with 16 points and 12 rebounds.
Both teams shot 37% from the field, but Nevada’s +20 free throw margin allowed them to get easy points on a night where BYU held Nevada in check from the 3-point line most of the night.
A tough loss for BYU, but the Cougars may not see a team as long and athletic as Nevada again for the rest of the season. Moral victories don’t count in the win column, but BYU hung for 35 minutes on the road versus a top 10 team with Yoeli Childs in foul trouble for most of the second half.
BYU’s next game is Friday at home versus UVU.