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Wolf Pack clinches second seed for WAC men’s basketball tournament

AP and Tribune reports

BOISE, Idaho ” Brandon Fields scored 19 points and Luke Babbitt had 14 to lead Nevada to a 69-60 win over Boise State on Saturday night.

The Wolf Pack (19-11, 11-5 Western Athletic Conference) led the entire game en route to a victory that secured them the second seed heading into next week’s conference tournament in Reno. The Pack will play seventh-seeded San Jose State at 6 p.m. Thursday in Lawlor Events Center. If the Pack wins its quarterfinal game, it will play the winner of the Idaho-Louisiana Tech game at 9 p.m. Friday in the semifinals.

Boise State (19-11, 9-7) pulled within 62-58 when Mark Sanchez sank a pair of free throws with 1 minute, 49 seconds left. But the Broncos, who will be the fourth seed in the tournament, failed to get any closer down the stretch.

Fields was 4 of 8 from the field and hit 8-of-10 free throws. The Wolf Pack shot 39.1 percent from the floor and 73.7 percent from the free-throw line.

Anthony Thomas led the Broncos with 12 points, and Kurt Cunningham and Sanchez each chipped in 11 points. The Broncos shot 37 percent and struggled controlling the ball with 16 turnovers.