The Nevada Wolf Pack were taken to the cleaners on Tuesday night as they were demolished by the Wichita State Shockers by a score 98-69. It was the most points Nevada gave up since January 14th 2015 when they were defeated by Colorado State 98-42 and it was the worst loss Nevada suffered since losing to Boise State on February 15th by a score of 78-46.
Nevada was plagued by poor shooting as the Wolf Pack only shot 39 percent from the field tonight and foul trouble as three Wolf Pack players (Elijah Foster, Cameron Oliver and Lindsey Drew) fouled out of the game. The Shockers took advantage of the Wolf Pack's foul trouble as they went to the free throw line 62 times and made a school record 44 free throws while the Wolf Pack only went to the line 31 times and made 21 free throws.
The Shockers had four players score in double figures as Ron Baker led the team with 17 points while Fred VanVleet and Zach Brown both scored 13 points and Shaquille Morris chipped in with 12 points. For Nevada, Eric Cooper Jr., and Marqueze Coleman were the only Wolf Pack players to score in double figures as Cooper scored 16 points and Coleman had 10 points. Cameron Oliver scored nine points, grabbed six rebounds and had three blocks while Tyron Criswell who injured his knee against Santa Clara on Friday, scored seven points tonight.
Despite the ugly performance tonight, the Wolf Pack concludes the non conference part of their schedule with an 8-4 record with a chance to exceed last year's nine win total as they head into conference play. The team does have its issues but they do have enough positive attributes to make some noise in the Mountain West where other than Boise State, is a wide open race. The Wolf Pack have eight days to shake off this terrible performance and prepare for conference play against the New Mexico Lobos and we will see if this team can be a factor in the Mountain West.