Senior Tyron Criswell scored 19 points and senior Marqueze Coleman dropped 12 points and pulled down a career-high eight rebounds as the Nevada men’s basketball cruised to an 86-63 victory over Air Force on Saturday.
Junior D.J. Fenner and sophomore Eric Cooper Jr. had 16 points apiece for Nevada (10-6, 2-2 Mountain West). Freshman Cameron Oliver chipped in 12 points and 12 rebounds, his second career double-double. The Wolf Pack surpassed its win total of nine last season with the victory.
Trevor Lyons scored 10 points to lead Air Force (10-6, 1-2), which has lost back-to-back games since snapping its four-game win streak.
Nevada had a double-digit lead midway through the first half, and closed on a 16-10 spurt to build a 44-27 halftime lead. Coleman scored seven points while Air Force shot 2 of 8 from the floor and missed four free throws during the stretch.
Lyons scored five points as part of a 9-3 surge to pull the Falcons within 14-points midway through the second half but Nevada used an 8-0, including five-straight points from Cooper, that gave the Pack a 22-point lead, 69-47, with 7:00 left in the game.
The Falcons would not get any closer as a layup from Criswell with 6:16 left gave Nevada its largest lead, 74-50.
The Wolf Pack will next return to Reno, where its 6-0 this season, as Nevada takes on Boise State on Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
-Nevada improves to 10-6 overall and 2-2 in Mountain West play.
-Nevada has now surpassed last season’s win total of nine.
-The Wolf Pack returns home on Wednesday, Jan. 13 for a 7 p.m. matchup against Boise State.
-Nevada now leads 5-2 in the season series against the Falcons.
-Five players had double-digit scoring totals for the Wolf Pack, the ninth time this season Nevada has had four or more players with double-figure scoring totals.
-Senior Tyron Criswell led the team and tied for the game-high with 19 points, matching his career-best in a MW contest, on 8-of-16 shooting from the floor.
-Criswell’s 19 points was his eighth double-digit scoring game and the second time leading the Pack in scoring in 2015-16.
- Freshman Cameron Oliver recorded his second career double-double after posting 12 points and 12 rebounds
-Oliver was one board shy of tying his career-high in rebounds but set a new personal-best in conference play, topping his previous high of nine rebounds set against New Mexico (Dec. 30).
-Oliver finished in double-figures in rebounds for the fourth time, led the team for the seventh time and had the game-high in boards for the fifth time this season.
-Senior Marqueze Coleman set a new career-high with eight rebounds in the win.
-Coleman filled the stat sheet with seven assists, four steals and finished in double-figures for the ninth game in a row and 14th time this season with 12 points.
-Sophomore Eric Cooper tallied his 10th double-digit scoring game this season after posting 16 points on three 3-pointers.
Nevada Press Release