Martin twins on fire for Nevada basketball

Published 9:45 am Thursday, January 11, 2018

Caleb Martin basically has a permanent green light. Cody Martin has been everywhere doing everything. The twins have their fingerprints all over Nevada’s recent surge in the Mountain West Conference.

The Wolf Pack won the conference opener, 80-65, at Fresno State on Dec. 27. Caleb had 18 points, a career-high 10 rebounds and 3 steals in 39 minutes. He went 9 of 10 at the free-throw line. Cody collected 10 points, 4 assists and 4 rebounds in 32 minutes.

The twins got to play in front of their mother, Jenny Bennett, for two games. The first was a 77-74 home win over New Mexico on Dec. 30. Caleb scored 6 straight Nevada points to provide a 76-72 lead down the stretch. He finished with a game-high 24 points, 3 assists and 3 steals. Cody contributed 6 points, 7 boards, 5 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals.

Nevada outlasted visiting Wyoming 92-83 on Jan. 3. Cody went off for 22 points, 12 rebounds and 4 assists in 39 minutes. He converted 8 of 15 shots, including two late 3-pointers that staved off the Cowboys. Caleb had 19 points and 5 rebounds. The victory was Nevada’s 13th straight at home and the 12th straight against conference rivals.

Caleb was asked by reporters the difference between the Mountain West and the ACC. (The twins spent two years at N.C. State before transferring.) “It’s more up and down and more like a freelance kind of game,” he said. “A lot of people in this league have a lot of green lights, and there’s a lot more freelance within each team.”