Wolf Pack on prowl in Hawaii
Honolulu, HI (Sports Network) – After surviving a minor scare on Thursday
night, the 19th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack take their 10-game road win streak
out to Honolulu tonight where they will face off against the Hawaii
Rainbow Warriors in Western Athletic Conference action from the Stan
Without two-time WAC Player of the Year Nick Fazekas, who is likely out
for this meeting with a severely sprained left ankle, on the bench the Pack had
to get past a geared up San Jose State program on Thursday night and managed
to post a 72-63 victory against the Spartans. The win was the eighth in a row
overall for Nevada, which is now 3-0 in league play.
As for the Warriors, they posted their first WAC win in three attempts on
Thursday when they dismissed the Fresno State Bulldogs in an 83-66 decision.
The victory snapped a brief two-game slide for Hawaii, which is 8-1 at home
in Honolulu this season.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the
hardwood, Nevada holds a 10-9 edge over the Warriors, winning the most
recent meeting by a score of 73-55 at home a year ago.
Picking up the slack for a missing Fazekas, Marcelus Kemp took 23 of Nevada’s
59 field goal attempts, converting 12, as he finished with 33 points on the
road. In 37 minutes of play Kemp added a team-high eight rebounds as well for
the Pack. The only other double-digit scorer for the group was Kyle Shiloh who
tossed in another 14 points on 6-of-10 from thee floor. Kemp, who was one point
off his career high which he produced against Montana in the NCAA Tournament
last season, has scored at least 20 points in each of the last four games and
in double figures in all but one outing this year. As a result Kemp plays a
close second-fiddle to Fazekas in the scoring department with his 19.7 ppg.
Ramon Sessions accounts for another 12.9 ppg while also handing out a team-high
72 assists along the way. In addition to being a team that shoots an impressive
43.3 percent from three-point range this season, the Pack is also limiting
opponents to just 31.2 percent out on the perimeter and 40.2 percent from the
Scoring the first points of the game, the Warriors never looked back as they
put Fresno State in its place on Thursday night with a 17-point win. For the
first time since 2002 Hawaii had as many as six players score in double
figures, paced by Dominic Waters with his 15 points off the bench on 3-of-4
shooting beyond the arc. Bobby Nash chipped in 14, Matt Lojeski 13 points and
six assists, followed by P.J. Owsley with 12 points and six boards. Riley
Luettgerodt hit the floor for 20 minutes, resulting in 11 points, while Ahmet
Gueye checked in with 10 and a team-high eight rebounds in just 14 minutes of
action. Lojeski, who leads the team with 79 assists over 16 games, is also the
top scorer with his 17.6 ppg thanks to 56.7 percent shooting from the field.
Gueye adds 11.6 ppg and a team-best 7.5 rpg, but he is making just 58 percent
of his chances at the free-throw line on a team that is converting 71.4 percent
at the stripe at the moment. Like the Pack, Hawaii is showing up strong
defensively by allowing opponents only 40.6 percent accuracy from the field.