Wolf Pack take on Cajuns in Lafayette
Lafayette, LA (Sports Network) – The 24th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack put their
undefeated record on the line tonight, when they invade the Cajundome to
do battle with the UL-Lafayette Ragin’ Cajuns in non-conference play.
The Wolf Pack opened a three-game road swing on a high note, as they posted a
78-70 triumph at Santa Clara on Saturday. The victory improved Nevada to
5-0 on the season and in the process extended its regular-season road
winning streak to seven games dating back a year ago. Over the last three
seasons, the Wolf Pack have posted a 23-5 record in road games, including an
10-3 mark last year.
As for ULL, it hasn’t fared well early on this season, winning once in five
tries. The team was last in action on Monday when it dropped a 77-67 decision
to Tennessee. It was the fourth straight loss by the Cajuns, who dipped to
1-2 at home.
The all-time series between the two schools is knotted at 2-2, with Nevada
posting a 65-58 victory over ULL last season.
The Wolf Pack’s success revolves around preseason All-American candidate Nick
Fazekas, who is the main reason why the team is averaging 80.6 ppg and
outrebounding its opponents by 14.4 rpg. Fazekas has been nearly unstoppable
early on and he is averaging an impressive double-double with 25.0 ppg and
14.8 rpg, in addition to shooting 64.9 percent from the floor. Marcelus Kemp
has provided the team with a solid second option and he is turning in 19.0
ppg, while Ramon Sessions adds 12.2 ppg and a club-high 4.6 apg. In the
squad’s last outing, Fazekas notched his fifth double-double in as many games,
posting 28 points and 15 rebounds in an eight-point win over Santa Clara.
Sessions contributed 16 points and six boards for Nevada, which shot 48.3
percent from the floor in the win. The team also won the battle on the boards,
39-27, including a 13-10 edge on the offensive glass.
The Cajuns are paced by the duo of David Dees and Ross Mouton, and they are
currently accounting for more than half of the team’s scoring average of 67.4
ppg. Dees leads the club in both scoring (21.8 ppg) and rebounding (7.0 rpg),
while Mouton follows closely with 20.8 ppg and 5.4 rpg. In the team’s last
game, Dees and Mouton combined for 40 points and seven boards, but that still
wasn’t enough for ULL in a 10-point setback to Tennessee. The Cajuns shot a
solid 50.0 percent from the field in the game, but simply couldn’t overcome
their 20 costly turnovers.