For Nevada to have a chance against UNLV, the Wolf Pack had to protect the ball and not turn it over. The Wolf Pack were one of the worse teams in the Mountain West when it came to turnovers as they averaged 14.4 turnovers a game in conference play
Today against UNLV, the Wolf Pack turned the ball over 14 times in the first half. So much for that game plan.
The turnover issue reared its ugly head today for the Wolf Pack as they lost to UNLV 67-46 in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament.
How bad was the turnovers for Nevada? During a seven minute stretch of the first half, the Wolf Pack turned the ball over nine times. During that stretch, the Rebels went on a 16-4 scoring run to make it double digit deficit for Nevada going into halftime. The Wolf Pack, has they have done all season after being down by a large margin, fought their way back to cut the Rebels deficit to 40-37 in the second half but could not tie or take over the lead.
A pair of three point shots by UNLV extended their lead back to double digits at 55-42 and that was all for the Wolf Pack as the turnovers were too much for them to overcome. The Wolf Pack turned the ball over a total of 20 times and the were outscored 21-0 in points off turnovers.
Poor shooting also doomed Nevada as well. They only shot 28 percent from the field as AJ West scored nine points and 18 rebounds but missed some easy shots in the paint and finished only 3 of 11 from the field. Tyron Criswell and DJ Fenner both scored eight points each and Marqueze Coleman finishedwith nine points.
The Wolf Pack season is over as the Pack finished with a 9-22 record overall. It is the first time since 1999-2000 that the Wolf Pack have failed to reach double digit wins. This is a program that has a lot of work to do in order to right the ship.
UNLV vs Nevada Recap: Turnovers spelled doom for the Wolf Pack as their season ends.
The Wolf Pack could not protect the ball as they turned the ball over 20 times in a 67-46 loss to UNLV to end the season for Nevada.