Nevada Tops U.C. Irvine 76-69
Jordan Caroline recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds, tying his season high in boards.
Thanks to strong shooting from beyond the arch and a double-double performance from sophomore Jordan Caroline, the Nevada Wolf Pack (9-2) took down the UC Irvine Anteaters (5-7) in front of almost 7,000 Lawlor Faithful Wednesday night.
Caroline recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 15 points and 13 rebounds, tying his season high in boards. The Wolf Pack made a season-high 13 shots from beyond the arch with 10 of those coming in the first half. Sophomore Cameron Oliver’s 18 points led the Pack for the fourth time this season and the game for the second time. Oliver came just one rebound short of a double-double. Senior Marcus Marshall put up 17 points while tying his season high with five threes. Sophomore Lindsey Drew set a season high with 12 points, while senior D.J. Fenner rounded out the double-digit scoring with 10 points. Nevada had five players score more than 10 points for the third time this season.
The Wolf Pack, led by Oliver from beyond the arch, kept the Anteaters at bay with a 17-15 lead with 13:30 left in the half. Oliver and company kept up the long ball as the sophomore phenom drained his fourth shot from three, setting a career high. Overall, the Wolf Pack would sink 10 three-point field goals in the first half, a season high, before going into the locker room up 42-36.
The Wolf Pack continued to keep the Anteaters at arm’s length. Although UC Irvine would make a small run, coming within three at 43-40 with 16:50 play, Nevada pulled away and established a 10 point lead with 11:04 on the clock, up 55-45. The Wolf Pack would go on to win 76-69 behind a 15 point, 13 rebound performance from Caroline. Overall, Nevada led for 34:34 of the game.
The Pack will take a week off before traveling to Las Vegas for the South Point Holiday Hoops Classic.