The Nevada Wolf Pack (7-15, 3-7 Mountain West) defeated the San Jose State Spartans 60-57 despite the Wolf Pack committing 19 turnovers, going 0 for 9 from three point lands and only shooting 35 percent from the field for the game.
But it is still a victory for Nevada. A victory that ends their seven game losing streak. At first, it seemed like the Wolf Pack were going to cruise to an easy victory as the Wolf Pack were up by as many as 13 points in the first half and closed the half up by seven points.
But the Spartans would not go away. Despite being limited in size and depth they were able to come back and even take a one point lead against Nevada. Led by their freshman guard Darryl Gaynor II, the Spartans kept the game close right until the final seconds but could not overtake the Wolf Pack in the end.
Nevada took advantage of their size and length in the paint by out-rebounding San Jose State by a count of 51-33. AJ West grabbed 15 of those rebounds to go along with his 17 points, two assists and two blocks. Tyron Criswell scored ten points (all in the second half) despite being slowed down with a bone bruise in his right hand. Lucas Stivrins only scored four points but he did grab ten rebounds.
The Spartans leading scorer was Gaynor as he scored 25 points while Rashad Muhammed was the teams second leading scorer as he chipped in with ten points.
Nevada will travel to Logan, Utah on Tuesday night to face the Utah State Aggies in the second meeting of the season. These two teams met on January 20th and it was the Aggies who defeated the Wolf Pack by 16 points. The Wolf Pack look to even the season series on Tuesday night.