With the Nevada Wolf Pack up 4-1 early in the first half, the Air Force Falcons center Zach Moer hit a three pointer to tie the game at 4-4. That would be as close as the Falcons got to the Wolf Pack. From that point on, Nevada clobbered Air Force on their way to a convincing 86-63 victory on Saturday afternoon. The win improves Nevada's record to 10-6 (2-2 in the MW) which exceeds the total number of wins Nevada had in the 2014-2015 season while Air Force drops to 10-6 (1-2 in the MW).
Nevada kept their foot on the gas and pushed the pace against the Falcons in the first half as they led 44-27 after the first half. In the second half, it was more of the same as Nevada continued their stellar play as they led at one point 72-50 and cruised on their way to their largest margin of victory over a Division I team this year. Five Wolf Pack players scored in double figures and Tyron Criswell led the team with 19 points. Eric Cooper Jr., and DJ Fenner both scored 16 points while Cam Oliver chipped in with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Marqueze Coleman had the best stat line of the day as he scored 12 points, eight rebounds, seven assists and four steals.
This was a great bounce back performance for Nevada after a terrible performance on the road against Fresno State on Tuesday. Nevada dominated the game for 40 minutes and did it by playing the type of basketball that Coach Eric Musselman wants to play: An up-tempo style of play that is aggressive on offense and defense. The task for the Wolf Pack is to maintain this performance throughout conference play. Nevada returns their home court on Wednesday as they host the Boise State Broncos.