Beavers hope to stop Wolf Pack
Corvallis, OR (Sports Network) – The 24th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack won its
season opener rather easily, and it now travels to Corvallis for a matchup
with the Oregon State Beavers. Nevada rolled to an 85-62 triumph over
Alaska-Anchorage on Friday. The Wolf Pack has now won its last four regular
season openers and 12 of the last 13 dating back to the 1994-95 campaign.
Nevada has won three straight Western Athletic Conference titles and has the
pieces in place to extend that streak.
As for Oregon State, it began the season with three home games as part of the
Oregon Rain Invitational, and two of those tilts resulted in victory. The
most recent clash ended in a 78-65 win over Cal Poly, and that effort
should provide some confidence heading into tonight’s clash.
Oregon State owns a 4-3 series advantage over Nevada, but the two teams
haven’t met since the 1978-79 campaign.
Nevada possesses one of the nation’s premier players in forward Nick Fazekas,
the two-time defending WAC Player of the Year. Fazekas has averaged more than
20 ppg the last two seasons, and he is a monster on the boards as well.
Fazekas is a terrific free throw shooter and shot blocker, as there is
seemingly no weakness in his game. In the season opener against Alaska-
Anchorage, Fazekas racked up 29 points and 10 rebounds. He shot 11-of-14 from
the floor and 6-of-6 from the foul line, and Fazekas could have put up even
bigger numbers if not for the wide margin of victory. He played only 21
minutes in the tilt. On a down note, none of the other starters reached double
figures in the win. Nevada shot 50.8 percent from the field and limited its
opponent to just 37.8 percent efficiency.
Oregon State shot a respectable 47.2 percent from the floor in the win over
Cal Poly last time out. The Beavers also earned a 22-11 advantage in points
from the foul line, an obvious key to the win. Marcel Jones led the way in the
triumph with 21 points, and Sasa Cuic was close behind with 20. The third and
final double-digit scorer for Oregon State was Josh Tarver with 13 points.
Through three outings, Jones is scoring 18.7 ppg on 56.1 percent shooting from
the floor. He is also pulling down 9.0 rpg. Cuic is netting 16.7 ppg for the
Beavers, who are limiting opponents to 59.3 ppg on 40.4 percent efficiency
from the field.