Kemp, Nevada roll over Idaho
Las Cruces, NM (Sports Network) – Marcelus Kemp scored 14 points and dished
out three assists, and 10th-ranked Nevada rolled over Idaho, 88-56, in the
quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference Tournament at the Pan
David Ellis had 11 points, and senior Nick Fazekas chipped in with 10 points
and 10 rebounds for top-seeded Nevada (28-3), which has won the tourney two of
the last three years. Kyle Shiloh added 12 points for the Wolf Pack, who will
be back on the floor on Friday to face the winner of the Hawaii-Utah State
contest in the semifinals.
David Jackson scored a team-high 17 points for Idaho (4-27), which defeated
San Jose State 50-49 in Tuesday’s play-in game, snapping a 12-game losing
streak and giving the squad its first-ever WAC tourney win.
Keoni Watson, who hit the game-winner against San Jose State with just 1.3
seconds remaining, had 15 points and six rebounds for the Vandals.
Nevada coasted from the start, as the Vandals missed their first three shots,
had a pair of turnovers and didn’t score until Watson’s trey at 17:28. By that
time, Idaho trailed 9-3.
The Wolf Pack continued to pull away, opening a 14-5 cushion with just over 16
minutes to play in the half. It was 28-10 on Fazekas’ jumper at 11:58, and a
pair of free throws by Kemp with under five minutes remaining gave the Wolf
Pack a 41-21 lead.
Nevada closed the half on a 12-2 run, and led 49-24 at intermission. The
Vandals shot just 32 percent in the opening 20 minutes, while the Wolf Pack
made 59 percent of their shots.
The Vandals came out stronger in the second half, using a 6-2 mini spurt to
close the gap to 55-28 at the 18 minute mark.
The Wolf Pack, though, responded and built a 68-37 edge, as Kemp ran off seven
straight points on a three-point shot, a layup and a pair from the charity
stripe at 11:59.
Idaho never made it close down the stretch and trailed by 29 with 3 1/2
minutes to play.
The Wolf Pack have taken seven in a row from Idaho and lead the all-time
series, 29-22…Fazekas, who has a 59-game streak of double-figure scoring,
was named to a pair of All-America teams on Wednesday. He also earned his
third consecutive WAC Player of the Year honor this season.