Nevada Release


 The Nevada Wolf Pack (12-3, 1-1) suffered just its third loss of the season Saturday night, dropping a tight one to the Fresno State Bulldogs (9-5, 1-1) by one point, 77-76.

Sophomore Cameron Oliver and senior D.J. Fenner both made some moves in Wolf Pack history in the game. With his second block in the first half, Oliver passed Edgar Jones (1975-79) for third on the Nevada career blocks list with his 143rd career rejection. Oliver would pick up another block in the second half for No. 144. Fenner moved up two spots on the Nevada all-time list in career points, passing Faron Hand (1994-97) at 1,034 and Marvin Buckey (1972-74) at 1,039. Fenner now has 1,047 career points.

Senior Marcus Marshall had another monster night, putting up 26 points. Marshall had put up 25 points in each of the Pack’s two previous games. Sophomore Jordan Caroline tied his career-high in rebounds with 13, while sophomore Lindsey Drew led the Wolf Pack in assists with seven. Fenner (18) and Oliver (11) joined Marshall in double-figure scoring. As a team, the Pack drained 13 shots from three, tying its season high originally set against UC Irvine.

Nevada began the game with the lead, holding Fresno State a few points off. With 13:11 on the clock, a dunk from the Bulldogs’ Bryson Williams tied it up at 10 before the home team took the lead. Nevada held tight with Fresno State, but it would be a three-pointer from Fenner followed by a Caroline layup that would give Nevada the lead back, up 24-22 with 6:14 left in the half. Fresno State didn’t stay down, however, retaking the lead with 3:19 remaining. The two teams continued to exchange blows in a first half that saw five ties and five lead changes, but it was the Bulldogs that would go in up by one at the half, 33-32.

The second half opened up with Marshall and Oliver hitting back-to-back threes to take the lead, but Fresno State came right back to go up again. Marshall continued to heat up through the second half, helping Nevada to stake a 48-41 lead with 14:41 left in the game. Nevada held onto the lead until six minutes to go when Fresno State’s Jahmel Taylor hit a layup and the and-one, putting the Bulldogs up 69-66. Just like the end of the first half, the two teams exchanged ties and leads all the way until the end.

With just under a minute to play, the two teams were locked up at 71 with Fenner at the line. Draining both, he put the Pack up 73-71 before Fresno State answered back with back-to-back buckets to go up 75-73 with 13.4 on the clock. With two Bulldog free throws made, Nevada trailed 77-73. Marshall took the inbound and drove the ball down the court, pulling up several feet short of the arc to hit a deep three and bring the Pack within one with just 5.6 seconds on the clock. Fresno State’s Cullen Russo went to the line for two but missed both. The ball found Marshall again as time began to expire/ Dribbling down the court, he pulled up for another deep three, but this one wouldn’t go as the Pack fell to the Bulldogs in a thriller, 77-76. 

Nevada will head right back to Lawlor for a highly-anticipated matchup against San Diego State Wednesday at 8 p.m.