Marqueze Coleman scored 21 points and senior Tyron Criswell registered his second-consecutive double-double to help lead the Nevada men’s basketball to a victory over in-state rival UNLV, 65-63, on Saturday night in front of 11,341 at Lawlor Events Center, the fifth-largest crowd in the history of the building.
Freshman Cameron Oliver added 12 points and nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack (12-7, 4-3 Mountain West), who missed all nine of their shots from beyond the arc, but made 25 of 34 free throws. The Pack also topped the Rebels on the glass, 41-34, and points off turnovers, 24-12.
The Pack has now won four of its last six meetings against UNLV.
After a layup by the Rebels’ Stephen Zimmerman that put his team up six, 53-47, with just over six minutes to play, the Pack hit five straight free throws, two from Coleman and three from junior D.J. Fenner, that cut the Wolf Pack deficit to one, 53-52. On UNLV’s next possession, Fenner got the steal and slammed it on the other end that gave the Pack a 54-53 advantage with 5:39 to play.
It went back-and-forth before Lindsey Drew put Nevada up 61-60 with 1:01 to play with a free throw and the Wolf Pack led 64-61 with 12 seconds left after Coleman hit a pair from the stripe.
Jalen Poyser grabbed an offensive rebound and made a layup to pull UNLV within one with a second left and Coleman capped the scoring with 1 of 2 free throws.
Coleman made 15-of-20 free throws for Nevada, which shot 33 percent from the field.
Ben Carter scored nine points for UNLV (12-8, 3-4) and Zimmerman grabbed 11 rebounds.
-Nevada improves to 12-7 overall and 4-3 in the Mountain West with the victory.
-The Wolf Pack returns to action on Tuesday when it faces San Diego State at 8 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.
-The win marked the Pack’s fourth victory in its last six meetings with its intra-state rival.
-Tonight’s attendance was 11,341, the fifth-largest crowd at Lawlor Events Center and the largest since 11,462 fans packed into the arena on March 3, 2007 against New Mexico State.
-Senior Marqueze Coleman finished with 21 points, five rebounds and five assists and shot 15-of-20 from the free throw line.
-Coleman set a new career-high with 20 free throws attempted and tied his career-best with 15 free throws made.
-Coleman now has six 20+ point games, 16 double-digit scoring games and has been Nevada’s leading scorer 11 times this season.
-Tonight marked the seventh time in 2105-16 that Coleman registered double-digit attempts at the charity stripe.
-Senior Tyron Criswell registered his second-consecutive double-double after posting 11 points and pulling down 10 rebounds.
-Criswell led the Wolf Pack in rebounding for the fourth time this season and now has three career double-doubles.
-Freshman Cameron Oliver was one rebound shy of a double-double as he pulled down nine rebounds to go along 12 points.
-Oliver did not record a block in a game for the first time this season.
- Nevada out-rebounded UNLV, 41-34, and beat its opponent on the glass for the second-straight game, both victories.
-The Wolf Pack failed to hit a 3-pointer in a game for the first time this season.
-24 points off turnovers keyed the Wolf Pack win.
Nevada Press Release