Fresno States Kevin Olekaibe is tied up by Nevadas Deonte Burton (24) and Jordan Burris

Fresno State's Kevin Olekaibe, center, is tied up by Nevada's Deonte Burton (24) and Jordan Burris, right, during an NCAA college basketball game in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament on Wednesday, March 9, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo / Mark Damon)

Malik Story had a career-high 34 points and hit all six of his 3-point attempts, helping Nevada beat Fresno State 90-80 in the first round of the WAC tournament on Wednesday.

Nevada (13-18), the No. 6 seed, built a 19-point lead in the first half before allowing the Bulldogs (14-17) to chip away in the closing minutes. The Wolfpack sealed it with six free throws in the closing minute, earning a spot in the quarterfinals against No. 3 seed New Mexico State on Thursday.

Deonte Burton added 20 points and Dario Hunt 12 for Nevada, which hit 12 3-pointers.

The seventh-seeded Bulldogs, who'll be joining Nevada in the Mountain West Conference in 2012, couldn't stop Story and didn't shoot well until the closing minutes to see their late-developing rally fall short.

Greg Smith had 14 points and 20 rebounds, and Tim Steed added 20 points for Fresno State.

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