'Dogs Beat Nevada

January 23, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
Going up against the defending WAC runners-up without their best player it didn't look good for the bulldogs Saturday night at home against Nevada. But leave it to Steve Cleveland's crew to make a statement in front of 8,500 fans at Save Mart Center.

Up 3 points at the half, the Bulldogs went to work in the second frame. Buchanan alum Brandon Sperling feeding the big man inside.

Greg Smith with the layup, team-high 25 and 12 boards for the former Edison star.

Then it was Sperling and Smith reversing roles, Smith went out to Sperling for three.

Bulldogs maintained their lead in the second half and extended it gradually.

Off a turnover, Steven Shepp got it upcourt quickly to Mike Ladd. And Ladd buried the three-ball from the wing.

They took it 87-77 to get to a game over .500 both overall and in WAC play.

It was a big night for Juju, 25 and 11, stepping up big in place of the injured Paul George.

Bulldogs next hit the court at Idaho, Thursday night.