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Recap Nevada vs. Adams State final score: Wolf Pack fight off Pesky Adams St 69-64

The Wolf Pack despite poor free throw shooting and a second half surge from Adams State 69-64, pull out the win at home. As the Pack get ready for Clemson in the Paradise Jam Tourney on Friday.

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The Wolf Pack saw their double digit lead get trimmed to a one possession lead in the second half by the Adams State, who used an aggressive, trapping defense and timely three point shooting to cut away at the lead while Nevada was struggling on offense and at one point, turned the ball over three straight times. But the Wolf Pack overcame the surge by the Grizzlies and pulled out the 69-64  victory at home.  The Wolf Pack were helped by leading scorer DJ Fenner who scored 18 points and AJ West earned a double double with his  17 points and 18 rebounds while  two  other Wolf Pack players scored in double figures. Marqueze Coleman did have four fouls in the game but did chip in with 11 points.

The Grizzles in the first half were dominated on the glass and defensively but came out in the second half trapping the Wolf Pack and attacking the offensive glass.  Despite only shooting 33 percent from the field, Adams State did grab 24 offensive rebounds.  Guard Shakir Smith was the leading scorer for Adams State with 21 points and forward Michael Middlebrooks scored 14 points.

The Wolf Pack, while very solid defensively, struggled very much on the offensive end especially , running offensive plays in the half court causing  the Wolf Pack to rely on their defense to generate offense.
Also another issue of concern for the Wolf Pack is their free throw shooting as the Wolf Pack only shot 55% from the charity stripe and had those missed free throws been made that could have extended the lead for the Wolf Pack instead of sweating it out in the final minutes of the game. These are the issues that the Wolf Pack need to correct in order to compete against better competition throughout the non conference schedule and when Mountain West conference play begins.

Despite these issues, the Wolf Pack do play great team defense and rebound the ball very well and the play of Forawrd AJ West so far in this season is fantastic and DJ Fenner at least for tonight, has shown that he can string together baskets when the team needs it the most. Fenner did score 12 of his 18 points late in the second half to pull away from Adams State. Because of the defense, rebounding and contributions from West and Fenner this team can compete almost every night.

Next for the Wolf Pack is Seton Hall in the 2014 Paradise Jam in the US Virgin Island on Friday and will either face Clemson or Gardner Webb in the second round.