It was another record-setting night for the Nevada men’s basketball team on Wednesday evening as the Wolf Pack cruised to a 119-70 victory over Fresno Pacific at Lawlor Events Center.
The Pack (6-3, 0-0 MW) set a new program record for points in a half with 73, breaking the previous program-best of 71 points in a half set in 1991 against Northwestern State. Nevada’s 119 points set a season-high and were the most in a victory since the Pack scored 120 in win over Loyola Marymount on Nov. 29, 1991.
Senior Tyron Criswell shot 9-of-10 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line for a career-high 26 points. Freshman Cameron Oliver and sophomore Eric Cooper Jr. had 16 points apiece, senior Marqueze Coleman added 15 and freshman Lindsey Drew had a career-best 12. The quintet joined senior AJ West and junior D.J. Fenner in double-figures.
Fenner opened the game with a 3-point trey and Nevada started the contest on a 9-0 run. With the Pack trailing 22-9, Fresno Pacific’s Spencer Krannitz dropped seven-straight points to cut the Sunbird deficit to six, 22-16, with 6:07 to go in the first half.
The Pack responded with two free throws from West and a 3-pointer from Oliver that put itself back up 11, 27-16. Fresno Pacific would not within eight for the remainder of the half as Nevada went to locker room with a 17 advantage, 46-29, thanks to made 3 from just inside midcourt from Fenner with time expiring.
Nevada opened it up after the break as it dropped 73 points in the second stanza. Criswell gave the Pack its largest lead of the game on a traditional 3-point play with 5:21 to play that made it 102-48.
Nevada will be back in action on Saturday, Dec. 12, for a 4 p.m. game against Drake in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.
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Postgame Game Notes:
-Nevada’s 119 points in the victory is the most for the Wolf Pack since scoring 120 in a win over Loyola Marymount on Nov. 29, 1991 at Lawlor Events Center.
-The Pack set a new program record with 73 points in the second half. It’s the most since scoring 71 in the second half against Northwestern State on Dec. 19, 1991.
-Nevada out-rebounded the Sunbirds, 60-24. The Pack has topped its opponent on the glass in every game this season.
-Senior Tyron Criswell set a new career-high with 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting from the field.
-Freshman Lindsey Drew set a new career-high with 12 points, the first double-figure scoring game of his career.
-Senior Marqueze Coleman three made 3-pointers ties his career-high.
-Coleman again had a big second half with 15 points on 3-of-5 shooting from 3-point land. Coleman has scored 121 of his 157 points after halftime this season.
-Seven players scored in double-figures for the Pack, the most this season.
-Nevada surrendered a season-high 20 turnovers.
-The Wolf Pack improved to 6-3 overall with win and 3-0 at Lawlor Events Center.
-Nevada will be back in action on Saturday at 4 p.m. when it takes on Drake in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge.