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Recap: Nevada 80 Air Force 62, Wolf Pack earn a victory over the Falcons in MWC opener.

The Wolf Pack start conference play with an impressive win over the Falcons on Saturday.

Wolf Pack guard Marqueze Coleman score 18 points in Saturday's win over Air Force.
Wolf Pack guard Marqueze Coleman score 18 points in Saturday's win over Air Force.
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The Nevada offense, seen as an issue of concern for most of the non-conference portion of the schedule, was a bright spot yet again as the Wolf Pack defeated  the Air Force Academy by a score of 80-62 as the Wolf Pack start conference play 1-0 and win their third straight game in a row.

After failing to score 70 points in their first ten games of the season, Nevada has now scored 70 or more points in their previous three games as the Wolf Pack are finding their offensive groove just in time for conference play to begin. Three of the Wolf Pack starters scored in double figures as junior guard Marqueze Coleman led all Nevada scorers with 18 points, sophomore guard DJ Fenner scored 17 points and was perfect from the free throw line making all eight of his free throws and  junior forward AJ West earned his fourth double-double of the season as he chipped in 16 points and 13 rebounds.

The Wolf Pack never trailed in the game and maintained a double digit lead throughout the second half until Nevada's defensive lapses caused the Falcons to climb back into the game. Falcons forward Marek Olesinki scored five points on back to back Air Force possessions to cut the lead down to single digits at 57-48. But the Wolf Pack responded with a 10-3 scoring run that saw Coleman hit back to back field goals and AJ West making six free throws and Nevada never looked back.

Nevada dominated the Falcons on the glass as they out-rebounded Air Force by a count of 38-25 and free throw attempts favored the Wolf Pack as they attempted seventeen more free throws that Air Force.

For the Wolf Pack, they improve to 5-8 and now travel to Las Vegas on Wednesday as the play their in-state rivals the UNLV Runnin' Rebels at 8pm.