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Nevada vs. Pacific recap: Wolf Pack falter down the stretch

The Wolf Pack were down by double digits at one point but climbed back to take a two point lead in the final minutes but fell apart in the end as they dropped their eighth straight game.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack could have given up on the rest of the game after a poor first half performance, which saw the Wolf Pack down by double digits against the Pacific Tigers on the road. The Tigers went on a 21-4 scoring run midway through the first half as the Wolf Pack were down 35-17 at the half. But in the second half, the Wolf Pack got it together on defense and found some offensive consistency and outscored the Tigers 35-17 to take a 53-52 lead at the five minute mark in the second half.

Nevada could not sustain the lead as Pacific reclaimed the lead on a long three point shot by Dulani Robinson that gave the Tigers the lead 55-53 as the Tigers never gave up the lead again. The Wolf Pack have now dropped eight straight games which equals the longest losing streak the Wolf Pack have endured since 2012-13 season.

The Pack changed their starting lineup again by adding forwards Lucas Stirvins and Robyn Missa to the lineup as forward AJ West missed the game with an sore heel. Stirvins played a very solid game despite fouling out as he scored nine points and grabbed nine rebounds. Wolf Pack guard DJ Fenner had a career high 24 points in the losing effort and Marqueze Coleman scored 10 points and Tyron Criswell came off the bench for the Wolf Pack and scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds.

The Wolf Pack have now lost three straight meetings to the Tigers and seven of the last eight meetings. For the Tigers, TJ Wallace scored 16 points and grabbed six rebounds  and Robinson scored 12 points off the bench. The Tigers were helped in the rebounding department as Pacific out-rebounded the Wolf Pack 47-34 and also the Tigers doubled up the Wolf Pack on the offensive glass by a count of 24-12.

The Wolf Pack will play the Marshal Thundering Herd on Monday at 7 pm PT and if the Wolf Pack played with patience and consistency on offense for a full forty minutes, then the Wolf Pack have a very good chance to end this losing streak.