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Browne starting to come into his own

Jeremy Evans

RENO — Nevada’s Dean Browne didn’t rate his performance in Saturday night’s win over Boise State as the highest of the season. But it was pretty close.

“I would say it’s pretty much my best game,” said Browne, who finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds in the 71-61 win at Lawlor Events Center. “Nah, I say Tulsa was my best game.”

Browne scored a career high 12 points against the Golden Hurricane. It doesn’t really matter, though. What is important is that the 6-foot-7 forward has begun to come into his own during the Western Athletic Conference season.

Browne, a transfer from Lassen Community College, scored seven of his 11 points against the Broncos during a crucial two-minute stretch when the Wolf Pack turned a two-point lead into a seven-point lead.

“I looked at him a couple of times and he was possessed,” said Kirk Snyder. “It was a great lift.”

SNYDER CONTINUES STREAK

Sophomore forward Kirk Snyder scored in double figures for the 14th game this season. He scored 15 points against the Broncos on Saturday, the same amount he scored in Nevada’s 78-66 win over UTEP on Thursday. Snyder is the only Wolf Pack player to score in double figures in every game this season.

MORE STREAKS

Nevada guard Garry Hill-Thomas started his 53rd straight game for the Wolf Pack against Boise State, the longest current streak of any Wolf Pack player. The last time the 6-foot-3 junior from Oakland, Calif., didn’t start was midway through his freshman season.

NEVADA LOVES HALFTIME

With Saturday’s win, the Wolf Pack improved to 7-1 this season in games in which they led at halftime. Nevada led Boise State 38-36 at the break. The only game Nevada hasn’t won this season when leading at halftime was the season opener on Nov. 23 at San Diego. The Wolf Pack led that game at halftime 41-38 before losing 77-75.

A LOOK AHEAD

Nevada goes back on the road next week when it plays Southern Methodist and Louisiana Tech. The Wolf Pack are 1-6 on the road this season. Nevada lost all four regular season games against the Mustangs and the Bulldogs last season. The Wolf Pack, though, beat SMU in the first round of the WAC Tournament last season.

WOLF PACK DIGS THE CHARITY STRIPE

Nevada came into the game as the WAC’s best free throw shooting team and they didn’t do anything to drop them from the top spot. The Wolf Pack shot 80 percent from the charity stripe (25-of-29) against Boise State. That was a little below their conference average of 84 percent.