Nevada needed a hot start to get over their recent losing streak. Starting the game on an 8-0 run was just the confidence boost the Wolf Pack needed. Deonte Burton, who along with the team has been in a bit of a cold streak lately, started off the game with an early three and layup to get his game on track. In the first half alone Burton had 11 points on 4-5 shooting with 3 assists. He was a playmaker for both himself and his teammates.
Early in the game Air Force started in a zone, but Nevada shot them out of it, making them play more man-to-man and matchup zone, something the Falcons are not quite as comfortable with. Unlike the first matchup of the year, Air Force on offense was effective in the paint, especially on the offensive glass getting six offensive rebounds, and often getting easy layups at the rim. But like the first game against the Wolf Pack the Falcons struggled from three only shooting only 2-8 in the first half, and guard Tre Coggins made both threes with no one else hitting any.
This all led to a 35-29 Nevada halftime lead.
The second half was much of the same for the Air Force Falcons. Without a spark from beyond the arc other than Coggins, the Falcons were never really able to make the game close. Nevada had a 10+ point lead for a majority of the second half.
The big difference in the game was efficiency. At times Nevada made their baskets look easy, getting steals and pushing the ball on the fast break, as well as knocking down open jump shots. Air Force on the other hand had to work hard for the buckets and could not hit open jump shots. It was apparent Nevada was the more talented team.
So while the Wolf Pack needed overtime to beat the Falcons in their first matchup, only regulation was needed for Nevada to earn the 75-56 win to end a five game losing streak.
Key Team Stats:
Nevada outrebounded Air Force 39-29
Air Force shot 5-23 (21%) from three
Nevada shot 51% from the field, Air Force 37%.
Key Player's Box Scores:
Nevada guard Deonte Burton: 21 points on 6-7 shooting with 5 assists, 3 rebounds
Nevada guard Jerry Evans Jr.: 11 points (3-6 from three) and 13 rebounds
Air Force guard Tre Coggins: 14 points on 5-9 shooting, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists