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Nevada Basketball: Wolf Pack plauged by poor defense and fouls in loss to Lobos

The Wolf Pack tried to overcome an ugly start but it was not enough as Nevada fell to New Mexico 88-76 in the conference opener for both teams.

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The Nevada Wolf Pack started conference play on a losing note as they fell on the road to the New Mexico Lobos 88-76 on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Wolf Pack to 8-5 for the season while the win improves the Lobos record to 8-6 and ends their four game losing streak.

Nevada had an excellent start to the game hitting four of their first five shots to take a 9-7 lead but the Wolf Pack went 11 minutes without making a field goal as they missed 14 straight shots. The Lobos took advantage of the Wolf Pack shooting woes as they went on a 25-4 scoring run to take a 29-13 lead and extended the lead to 42-24 with two minutes left in the half. But Nevada's offense came back to life as they went on a 9-0 scoring run to cut the Lobos lead to 42-33 at the half.

But the Wolf Pack could get no closer than six points of the Lobos as a combination of poor defense and foul trouble (Lindsey Drew, Cameron Oliver and Elijah Foster all fouled out) doomed Nevada and the Lobos pulled away with the double digit victory. Marqueze Coleman lead all Wolf Pack scorers with 26 points while DJ Fenner scored 16 points tonight and despite fouling out, Cameron Oliver scored eight points and had nine rebounds. For the Lobos, five players scored in double figures as Elijah Brown scored 24 points while Tim Williams scored 20 points. Also for New Mexico, both Obij Aget and Xavier Adams scored 14 points each and Cullen Neal scored 11 points tonight for the Lobos.

This is the first time this season that the Wolf Pack has suffered back to back losses and Nevada will look to avoid a third straight loss (and a 0-2 record to start conference play) as they head back to Reno to host the Wyoming Cowboys on Saturday.