Johnson, Babbitt lead Pack to rout of San Jose State
RENO – Armon Johnson had 23 points and Luke Babbitt 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead Nevada over San Jose State 96-67 on Saturday night.
Brandon Fields added 19 points and Joey Shaw 11 for the Wolf Pack (10-6, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference).
Adrian Oliver had 20 points, C.J. Webster 15 and Chris Oakes 13 for the Spartans (8-6, 1-1 WAC).
Nevada led by double digits for the entire second half. San Jose State was able to cut the lead to 10 points at 60-50 with 14:45 left in the game, but the Wolf Pack answered with a 15-6 run over the next six minutes to put the game away.
Johnson, who had 18 points of his 23 points in the second half, scored 6 during the decisive run. He also finished with 7 assists.
Nevada never trailed in the game, going ahead by double digits at 20-8 on a 3-pointer by Ray Kraemer with 13:08 left in the first half. The Spartans could get no closer than 10 points the rest of the game.
Nevada hit 34 of 66 shots from the field for 51.5 percent and was 21 of 26 from the foul line, including 16 of 17 in the second half.
The Spartans hit 28 of 59 shots from the field (47.5 percent).
The Wolf Pack outrebounded the Spartans 34-33. Babbitt’s 10 rebounds marked his 11th double-double of the season.