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Nevada 84, Utah St. 71



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RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Armon Johnson scored 28 points and Luke Babbitt 21 as Nevada opened a 23-point lead in the first half Saturday night, then hung on to beat Utah State 84-71.

Johnson made 11-of-18 shots from the field and Babbitt hit 10-of-11 free throws while pulling down nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack, who are 17-11, 9-5 in the Western Athletic Conference.

Gary Wilkinson had a team-high 16 points and Tai Wesley 10 points and 10 rebounds for Utah State (26-4, 13-2), which has already clinched the WAC regular season title.

Nevada led 47-32 at the half and was ahead by as much as 41-18 thanks mostly to making six of it's first shots from 3-point range -- two by Johnson and one each by Babbitt, Lyndale Burleson and Brandon Fields, who finished with 16 points.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Scott Sonner Sports Writer

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