The Nevada Wolf Pack took an early lead and put a stranglehold on the victory over the Air Force Falcons Saturday afternoon in Reno by a score of 80-62. Nevada jumped out to a quick 15-5 lead, which would prove to be the closest the game would get the rest of the night. The Wolf Pack, behind the scoring trio of Marqueze Coleman (18 points), D.J. Fenner (17 points) and AJ West (16 points), never looked back as they just built the lead throughout the game, especially in a strong second half. The Wolf Pack raise their record to 5-8 overall and 1-0 in conference while Air Force drops to 7-6 and 0-2 in conference.
Air Force was missing senior forward Kamryn Williams for the game as the Falcons continue to put together a consistent line-up this season. Air Force forward Justin Hammonds would have a good game for the Falcons, scoring 14 points with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. It was Hammond's second game back after his three-game absence with an injury. Marek Olesinski would lead the Falcons with 19 points and Max Yon would contribute 13 in the loss.
Nevada also dominated on the boards, going a plus 13 for the night as they would completely dominate the boards. The Wolf Pack also capitalized at the free throw line, going 25 of 35 on the night, again being led by the trio of Coleman, Fenner and West going a combined 19 of 24 from the charity stripe.
Nevada will look for another conference victory when they head on the road to battle in-state rival UNLV on Wednesday while Air Force will play their first conference home game on Wednesday as well when they play San Jose State.