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Nevada Basketball: Wolf Pack defeat Drake Bulldogs in MWC-MVC Challenge, 79-71

A strong second half from freshman standout Cameron Oliver helped propel the Wolf Pack past the Drake Bulldogs.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack (7-3) defeated the Drake Bulldogs (4-6) at Lawlor Events Center on Saturday afternoon.

The Wolf Pack unveiled their "Team Unity" alternate uniforms for the game. The black uniforms featured "Wolf Pack" written in place of the name on the back. Coach Eric Musselman described the uniforms on his blog:

"A Wolf Pack depends on endurance, strength and each other when they hunt their prey. This symbolism is represented in the design and color choice of the "Team Unity" uniform."

Senior guard Tryon Criswell likes how the new alternates represented the school.

"I love the Nevada on the front. It’s kind of a throw back to our tradition."

The first half was dominated by the officiating, with 17 free throws taken by both teams. Both teams had trouble getting a flow going, and Drake was able to hang with the Wolf Pack early on. Nevada's defense was stout as always, forcing ten turnovers in the first half. The bench was also a big part of the first half, scoring 18 of the team's 32 points.

In the second half, Nevada was able to pull away from the Bulldogs, and a big reason was the return of Cameron Oliver. Oliver struggled with foul troubled in the first half, and only played 4 minutes. However, Oliver dominated the second half, scoring all 17 of his points after the break.

Despite the Wolf Pack only hit 4-19 from deep, they were able to score the ball down low and on fast breaks to extend the lead.

Nevada always continued their dominance on the boards, led by Tryon Criwswell. Criswell showed off his versatility tonight, scoring 10 points and grabbing a team-high 12 rebounds. Last week, Chris Murray detailed how Criswell has been the team's "crunch-time power forward".

Nevada's next game is Friday against the Santa Clara Broncos at Lawlor Events Center. It will be the Wolf Pack's final tune-up before heading to Kansas for their big non-conference matchup against the Wichita State Shockers.