It was not as bad as the 56 point beatdown Nevada suffered back in January but Colorado State (25-5, 12-5 MW) had their way with the Wolf Pack on Senior Night as the Rams completed the season sweep of the Wolf Pack with a 78-62 victory.
The Wolf Pack (9-20, 5-12 MW) started the game on the wrong foot as they were down 13-4 to start the game, and had turned the ball over too many times in the first five minutes of the game. The Wolf Pack were plagued early on by turnovers and had no answer for Rams forward JJ Avila. Avila missed the first meeting between these two teams due to being suspended for fighting Falcons player Matt Mooney, but he made up for lost time as he scored 16 points in the first half and finished the game with 27 total points. Avila was aided by his teammate, guard Daniel Bejarano, as he earned a double double by scoring 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Nevada's defense struggled tonight against the Rams as Colorado State shot 50 percent from the field and 42 percent from three-point land. The combination of bad defense and turning the ball over a total of 16 times spelled a doomed night for Nevada.
The Wolf Pack's leading scorer was Tyron Criswell as he chipped in with 15 points and Marqueze Coleman was the other Wolf Pack player in double figures as he scored 12 points off the bench. AJ West had a tough night as he only scored eight points and grabbed nine rebounds and turned the ball over five times. Senior Mike Perez scored seven points and grabbed six rebounds in his final home game as a Wolf Pack player.
With the loss, the Wolf Pack finishes with a 7-8 home record this season. It is the first time the Wolf Pack have had back-to-back losing records at home since 1998-99 and 1999-2000 seasons. Among the other issues the Wolf Pack have had the past few seasons, in order for the Wolf Pack to get back on track, they have to defend the home court.
The Wolf Pack close out the regular season on the road as they face the San Diego State Aztecs on Saturday at 7pm PST.