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NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Head coach Dave Rose of the Brigham Young Cougars works from the bench against the Valparaiso Crusaders during their NIT Championship Semifinal game at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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BYU Can’t Keep Pace With Nevada In 86-70 Loss

NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 29: Head coach Dave Rose of the Brigham Young Cougars works from the bench against the Valparaiso Crusaders during their NIT Championship Semifinal game at Madison Square Garden on March 29, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

RENO, Nev. – It was a close game for three-fourths of the contest, but ultimately the BYU Cougars fell short against Nevada in a 86-70 season-opening loss.

The Cougars played the No. 7 ranked team in the country tough with the score at 59-57 with 10:31 remaining. Unfortunately BYU was outscored 27-13 the rest of the way and Nevada came away with the win.

Yoeli Childs picked up a double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds. Jahshire Hardnett led the Cougars in scoring with 17 points and four 3-pointers made.

Jordan Caroline led the game in scoring with 25 points on 8-of-16 shooting. Caleb Martin also hit the 20-point mark with 21 points. Martin knocked down 10-of-12 attempts from the foul line.

The Cougars were unable to keep pace with the Wolf Pack due to poor shooting, especially from beyond the arc. They fired up 3-point attempts at a miserable 19.4 percent clip. The Cougars also allowed Nevada to get to the line twice as much as they did and the Wolf Pack took advantage, knocking down 28-of-39 attempts from the charity stripe. BYU went to the line 19 times and made 12 tries.

Next up for the Cougars is a crosstown match against UVU Friday at 8. The game will be broadcast on BYUtv.