RENO, Nev. (AP)—Nick Fazekas had 20 points and 12 rebounds and No. 24 Nevada beat San Jose State 83-60 Thursday night to clinch the Western Athletic Conference title.
Marcelus Kemp scored 14 points, DeMarshay Johnson 12 and Kyle Shiloh 11 for Nevada (23-5, 12-4), which also won the WAC regular-season title last year and shared it with Texas-El Paso the year before. The Wolf Pack have won 10 straight.
Demetrius Brown had 16 points and nine rebounds and Matt Misko 15 points for the Spartans (6-23, 2-13), who lost their seventh in a row.
It was the fifth consecutive double-double for Fazekas, who has 15 on the season. He entered the game ranked 16th in the nation in scoring at 21.6 points and 14th in rebounds at 10.3 per game.
Mo Charlo had eight rebounds and Ramon Sessions added eight assists and six rebounds for Nevada, which outscored the Spartans 15-4 over the last 7:36 of the first half and led 43-35 at halftime.
Nevada opened the second half with a 12-2 run, including two dunks and a 3-pointer by Fazekas for a 55-27 lead with 17:56 left.
The Spartans answered with a 9-0 run to pull to within 55-36 on Lance Holloway’s basket. But the Wolf Pack scored the next six, including Lyndale Burleson’s two free throws to go ahead 61-36 with 11:34 remaining.
Nevada shot 54 percent from the field, including 9-of-17 from 3-point range, compared to San Jose State’s 30 percent shooting.