Fazekas leads No. 18 Nevada past Utah State
Reno, NV (Sports Network) – Senior Nick Fazekas scored a game-high 24 points
and pulled down 18 rebounds as the 18th-ranked Nevada Wolf Pack held off Utah
State, 79-62, at Lawlor Events Center.
Marcelus Kemp, the other half of Nevada’s (19-2, 7-1 WAC) top scoring tandem,
chipped in with 15 points. The Wolf Pack have now won two in a row and 12 of
13, rebounding nicely after having their ten-game winning streak snapped last
Saturday in an 80-73 loss at New Mexico State.
Junior guard Ramon Sessions donated 13 points and seven assists in the effort,
while Kyle Shiloh rounded out the Wolf Pack players in double figures with 10
Jaycee Carroll had 15 points and Chaz Spicer 12 for the Aggies (15-6, 4-3) who
had a five-game winning streak snapped.
After a slow start in the first half, Utah State came out firing after the
break, as Stephen DuCharme answered with a jumper after Fazekas opened the
scoring with one of his own.
The Aggies got within seven, 59-52, on Chris Sessions’ layup at 9:34. Nevada
started to pull away, however, and Utah State couldn’t get any closer down the
Denis Ikovlev converted both shots from the charity stripe to give the Wolf
Pack a significant lead, 74-56, at 5:19.
DuCharme then capped the scoring for Utah State, draining a jumper in the
paint with 1:15 remaining in the game.
What was a tightly played contest early on moved into a 17-10 Nevada lead on
Fazekas’ layup. Brandon Fields’ jumper then pushed the margin to 21-14 at
10:30, while the Aggies couldn’t get anything going at the other end.
David Ellis’ bucket put the Wolf Pack up by 33-23 with 2:37 remaining before
intermission, and Nevada eventually carried a 43-30 lead into the break on a
scorching 59 percent effort from the floor.
Nevada also had nine points off turnovers and 12 points from its bench in the
front 20 minutes.
Nevada shot 50 percent in the contest, while Utah State ended at 41 percent
shooting…The Aggies lead the series 22-11, but Nevada has won the last three
meetings…Nevada won the battle of the boards, 41-29.