Saturday , Nov , 18 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Wolf Pack seek third straight win to open campaign

Reno, NV (Sports Network) – The 24th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack try to stretch
their win streak to open the 2006-07 campaign to three games, as they host
the Golden Lions of Arkansas-Pine Bluff. The first two games for the Wolf
Pack were rather easy, with the team defeating Alaska-Anchorage at home
last Friday by a score of 85-62 to open the season. Five days later, Nevada
streaked past Oregon State in Corvallis by a final of 75-47. The Pack gets UC
Irvine in this same building in three days and then heads to California for a
date with Santa Clara a week from now.

As for the Golden Lions, who represent the Southwestern Athletic
Conference, they began their season with a meeting against the Air Force
Falcons at Clune Arena last Friday night and were dealt an 81-45 setback by the
team that has had the top scoring defense in the nation now for a number of
years. UAPB will continue its road trip on Tuesday with a stop at Fresno State
and then begin to make its way home while stopping at Nebraska and Creighton.

With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood,
this is the first-ever meeting.

Picked to finish near the top of the SWAC standings this season, the Golden
Lions have chosen a very difficult path to success in the early going, facing
off against a pair of nationally-ranked teams and playing five straight on the
road before the beginning of December. In the team’s opener versus Air Force,
UAPB shot a miserable 32.7 percent from the field and just 2-of-17 beyond the
arc (.118), not to mention only 58.3 percent at the free-throw line. Williams
Byrd, who was picked to be on the All-SWAC First Team in the preseason, showed
just why he is so valuable to this program as he tallied 17 points as the only
double-digit scorer for the group. He knocked down 8-of-11 from the field and
added a team-high five rebounds. Larry Williams finished with nine points, but
he reached that total only after shooting 4-of-12 from the field and 1-of-6
beyond the arc. Last year, while leading the team to a 13-16 mark, Byrd
averaged 11.3 ppg and 6.3 rpg, both of which are the best among the returning

Taking the spotlight for what will probably not be the last time this season,
Marcelus Kemp connected on 11-of-19 from the floor and all but one of his six
three-point tries in dropping in a game-high 29 points for the Wolf Pack in
their win over Oregon State on Wednesday night. Nick Fazekas, the two-time WAC
Player of the Year, failed to make one of his three three-point attempts, but
that didn’t stop him from posting 19 points and a game-high 18 rebounds. Ramon
Sessions added 10 points as well for a team that shot 50 percent from the
field. Fazekas, who was unstoppable again last year for the Pack with averages
of 21.8 points and 10.4 rebounds per game, has decided to take his game inside
more through the first two games of this season, opting to take easy shots in
the paint and make 63.3 percent of them, while also picking up 14 rpg at the
same time. Last year, Nevada went 27-6 behind Fazekas, which means the school
went 77-22 in his first three years on campus. For his career Fazekas is
averaging better than 18 points and nine rebounds per game.