RENO, Nev. (AP) — Caleb Martin scored all 21 of his points in the second half and Jordan Caroline tied a career high with 16 rebounds to help No. 7 Nevada beat Brigham Young 86-70 in the season opener Tuesday night.
After Nevada’s offense sputtered in the first half, it accelerated in the second, especially in the game’s final 10 minutes. Nevada shot 27 percent from the field in the first half and 51 percent in the second.
Jordan Caroline helped Nevada go into the half tied at 34. He had a double-double with five minutes left in the first half, the 28th of his career, which moved him into sixth all time in school history. He led all players with 25 points.
Jahshire Hardnett led BYU with 17 points. Cougar forward Yoeli Childs had 16 points and 12 rebounds, but played limited minutes after he committed his fourth foul with 19:10 left in the second half.
BYU: The Cougars entered a raucous Lawlor Events Center (15th largest attendance in Nevada history, 11,094) and competed against a top ten team, showing why they are a contender to challenge Gonzaga in the West Coast Conference.
Nevada: With the first top 10 ranking to start the season in school history, there’s a lot of hype in Reno.
BYU: The Cougars return to Provo on Friday for its “Crosstown Clash” against Utah Valley.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack plays game two of its four-game home stand to start the season Friday as it hosts Pacific.
Toreros 83, Wildcats 66
Isaiah Pineiro scored 25 points and grabbed 12 rebounds and San Diego rallied in the second half to beat Weber State 83-66 in coach Sam Scholl’s debut in Tuesday night’s season opener in San Diego.
Trailing 32-25 at halftime, Olin Carter III’s 3-pointer sparked a 13-3 run capped by Alex Floresca’s jumper for a 44-39 Toreros lead with 14:12 left and San Diego led by as many as 18 the rest of the way after shooting 65 percent from the field in the half.
Isaiah Wright and Carter scored 13 points apiece with Wright dishing eight assists. Yauhen Massalski scored eight points and grabbed 10 rebounds for San Diego, which shot 49 percent overall to Weber State’s 44 percent.
Scholl was named San Diego’s acting head coach for the final four games of the 2017-18 season before getting the job on Easter Sunday.
Cody John scored 22 points in his first action after missing two seasons with a back injury, and Israel Barnes added 12 for the Wildcats
Wolverines 96, Griffins 71
Jake Toolson scored 22 points with four 3-pointers, four other Utah Valley players scored in double figures and the Wolverines beat Division II Westminster (Utah) 96-71 in their season opener for their 15th straight home win Tuesday night in Orem.
Conner Toolson scored 14 points, Benjamin Nakwaasah added 12 and Isaiah White had 10 with five assists for Utah Valley, which had 25 assists in shooting 34 of 65 from the field (52 percent) and 11 of 22 from long distance.
The Griffins led 11-5 on Jake Connor’s 3, but the Wolverines pulled ahead on a 17-0 run capped by Jake Toolson’s 3 for a 24-11 lead, and they were up 42-27 at halftime.
The Wolverines outscored the Griffins 40-26 in the paint and led by as many as 30 points in the second half.
T-birds 96, Eagles 53
Andre Adams scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and four other Southern Utah players scored in double digits as the Thunderbirds downed West Coast Baptist 96-53 in Tuesday night’s season opener in Cedar City.
Dwayne Morgan scored 17 points with eight boards, Cameron Oluyitan added 15 points, Josh Cornish had 12 and Harrison Butler 10 for Southern Utah, which had 23 assists in shooting 35 of 67 from the field (52 percent).
After two early lead changes, Oluyitan hit a 3 and the Thunderbirds pulled away, leading 37-17 after a 17-0 run capped by Maizen Fausett’s 3, and 45-27 at halftime. Southern Utah made 8 of 17 3s in the second half and shot 14 of 32 from long distance overall (44 percent).
Colin Cuniff scored 12 points with four 3s and Chez Lister added 10 points for the Eagles, members of the National Christian College Athletic Association.