No. 6 Nevada Avenges Only Loss, Defeats New Mexico 91-62
Coach Eric Musselman posted the score of Nevada's 27-point loss to New Mexico on the homecourt scoreboard at the team's next practice.
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RENO, Nev. (AP) Coach Eric Musselman posted the score of Nevada's 27-point loss to New Mexico on the homecourt scoreboard at the team's next practice.
Forward Trey Porter said Musselman's goal was simple.
''(So we knew) that we got smacked,'' Porter said. ''That's one of the worst losses that I've had in my career.''
On Saturday, Porter had 20 points and nine rebounds as No. 6 Nevada avenged its only loss of the season in a dominating 91-62 win over New Mexico.
''We did not want to be the nonaggressive team tonight,'' Musselman said. ''I didn't care if we had 10 charges to start the game. We did not want to settle. Whoever was on the floor, we wanted them to be the five most aggressive people in the building.''
Caleb Martin scored 20 points on 7-of-13 shooting, and Jordan Caroline had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Jazz Johnson added 13 points to surpass 1,000 for his career, and Tre'Shawn Thurman finished with 10 in the win.
In a reversal of its loss last month, Nevada (23-1, 10-1 Mountain West) jumped to a 25-4 lead and led 51-26 at halftime.
Nevada shot 50 percent, while New Mexico shot 33.3 percent.
Nevada converted 20 turnovers by New Mexico into 22 points.
The Wolf Pack outrebounded the Lobos 49-35. Nevada won points in the paint, 42-20, and converted 17 of 24 free throws.
After a timeout with under four minutes, Musselman still noticed the fire in his players.
''Cody and Caleb and Jordan Caroline got in the faces of the other guys and said, `If you're not going to defend like we are, we want back in the game,''' Musselman said ''And that's the type of group we have.''
Makuach Maluach led New Mexico (10-13, 4-7) with 19 points. Carlton Bragg scored 13.
After scoring a career-high 27 points against Nevada last month, guard Anthony Mathis was held to six points on 2-of-8 shooting.
New Mexico: After picking up its 85-58 blowout win Jan. 5 against Nevada - its largest victory against a top-10 team in program history - the Lobos lost the rematch and seventh in the last nine.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack, one of four teams in the nation with one loss, dominated the rematch Saturday, extended its nine-game win streak and maintained sole possession of first place in the conference.
No. 6 Nevada (23-1, 10-1 MW) improved to 23-1 and 10-1 in Mountain West play after defeating New Mexico State (10-13, 4-7 MW) 91-62 at Lawlor Events Center tonight before the 15th largest crowd in school history of 11,197 fans.
Nevada plays at Wyoming (6-17, 2-8 MW) on Saturday at 7 p.m. PT on ESPNU. This will be the only meeting between the two teams this season.
The Wolf Pack avenged its only loss of the season in the win over the Lobos tonight. Nevada lost 85-58 in the first meeting on Jan. 5.
The Wolf Pack has won its last eight games by an average of 20.8 points per game. The Pack has won its last 15 home games dating back to last season and is 12-0 at LEC this year.
The Pack had its sixth crowd over 11,000 this season and 11th over 10,000 in 12 home games.
The Wolf Pack leads the MW with a 10-1 record. The 10-1 MW start is the best after 11 games for a Wolf Pack team.
The 23-1 start is the best in school history after 24 games.
The 23-1 record is tied with 2010-11 San Diego State team for the best record for MW team after 24 games. The Aztecs improved to 27-1 before suffering a second loss.
Nevada did not trail in today's game. In four of the last five games the Pack has not trailed and in the other game vs. Boise State led for 37:17.
The Pack has score 90 or more points in the last three games and in four of the last five.
Head coach Eric Musselman improved to 104-30 at Nevada and 5-3 vs. UNM.
The Pack is just one of four one loss teams in Division I and has won 23 or more games in each of the last four seasons under Musselman.
Musselman improved to 49-16 in MW play, 28-5 at home in MW play and 55-5 at LEC.
Jazz Johnson scored 13 points and became the seventh Pack player to score 1,000 points in a college career that includes his time at Portland. Johnson joins Cody Matin, Caleb Martin, Jordan Caroline, Tre'Shawn Thurman, Nis're Zouzoua and Corey Henson.
Caleb Martin moved into 21st on Nevada's career scoring list passing Mike Gray (1977-79) and now has 1,143 points at Nevada.
Trey Porter scored a Pack season and game-high 20 points. Porter scored his 900th point tonight in his college career and now has 914 in 117 college games.
Jordan Caroline posted his 15th double-double of the season and 42nd of his career finishing with 13 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. The Pack is 40-2 when Caroline has a double-double. The 42 career double-doubles at Nevada is a MW record.
Caroline has scored in double figures in all 24 games this season.
Nevada had six players score in double figures for the second time this season with the first being the home win over California Baptist. Porter (20), Caleb Martin (20), Johnson (13), Cody Martin (13), Caroline (13) and Tre'Shawn Thurman (10) all scored in double figures.
All 10 players on the roster saw action in the game.
NCAA TOURNAMENT REVEAL
When asked about the NCAA Tournament selection committee's early bracket reveal Saturday, which had the Wolf Pack as a fourth seed in the South Region, Nevada's Caleb Martin said: ''As long as I've been here, we've always had to be a team that has to prove itself, it doesn't matter how we're doing. It doesn't matter how far (we) go last year or what you're ranked. All people see is you're not in the ACC or you're not in the Big Ten or whatever. So, guys will always try to figure out a way to not put respect with your name.''
The Wolf Pack announced attendance Saturday of 11,197, the 15th-most attended game in Lawlor Events Center history.
New Mexico: Home against San Jose State on Wednesday.
Nevada: At Wyoming on Saturday.
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