FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Kirk Snyder had 22 points and nine
rebounds Thursday to lead Nevada to a 75-60 victory Thursday over
SMU in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference
Todd Okeson added 18 points and Nick Fazekas scored 14 for
top-seeded Nevada (21-8), which tied Texas-El Paso for the WAC
regular-season title. The Wolf Pack will play Rice -- a 70-68 winner
over Hawaii -- in Friday's semifinals.
Nevada pulled away midway through the second half thanks to a
16-3 scoring run keyed by Snyder and Fazekas. Okeson's fourth
3-pointer of the game put the Wolf Pack ahead 63-48 with 4:54
Bryan Hopkins scored 22 points to lead eighth-seeded SMU
(12-18). Hopkins kept the Mustangs close with 16 points in the
first half, but he made only one field goal as the Mustangs shot
only 26 percent in the second half.
Snyder, the WAC player of the year, scored the game's first four
points as Nevada led almost from start to finish. The Mustangs tied
the game briefly at 42early in the second half.