Wolf Pack go on hunt in San Jose
San Jose, CA (Sports Network) – With the health of its star player in
question, 19th-ranked Nevada is set to take on San Jose State in Western
Athletic Conference action.
On Monday, Nevada moved to 14-1 overall and 2-0 in WAC play with a 90-86
triumph over Boise State. The Wolf Pack have now won seven straight
games since suffering their only loss to a solid UNLV squad. Nevada is a
perfect 6-0 away from home this season, an obvious reason for confidence
While Nevada has been one of the nation’s best teams, San Jose State has
clearly been one of the worst. Playing an extremely difficult schedule, the
Spartans have compiled a 1-13 record, and they have suffered seven
consecutive defeats since their lone win of the season over Cal Poly. The
most recent setback came on Saturday by a score of 74-68 to New Mexico State.
San Jose State owns a 46-38 advantage in the all-time series with Nevada,
but the Wolf Pack has won the last eight meetings.
In the first half of the game against Boise State on Monday, Nevada
star forward Nick Fazekas suffered an ankle injury. He didn’t return to the
game, but did emerge from the locker room on crutches to watch the remainder
of the contest. Fazekas, who is averaging 20.3 ppg and 12.1 rpg, is not
expected to play tonight, and while his absence is significant, there is
enough talent in place for Nevada to continue its winning ways. Marcelus
Kemp, who poured in 27 points against Boise State, averaged 18.8 ppg and
takes over as the top option at the offensive end. Ramon Sessions is scoring
13.3 ppg, and he has dished out 67 assists against 29 turnovers. Sessions
scored 21 points against BSU to go along with eight rebounds. Nevada
finished the game with 22 assists against nine turnovers, and a 23-10 edge
in points from the foul line certainly helped the cause.
San Jose State is only averaging 63.0 ppg this season on 38.0 percent
shooting from the floor, and the team is committing 17 turnovers per game.
Defensively, the Spartans are permitting 77.1 ppg to the opposition.
Carlton Spencer continues to lead SJSU in scoring with his 15.8 ppg, and he
is posting 20.0 ppg through two league games. Menelik Barbary is the only
other double-digit scorer on the roster, as he is netting 10.9 ppg to go
along with 6.2 rpg. In the six-point loss to New Mexico State last time
out, Spencer came through with 17 points to lead his team. The Spartans
finished 10-of-19 from the foul line and were outscored by nine points at
the charity stripe, an obvious contributing factor in the loss.