Despite a very good debut from Wolf Pack guard Marcus Marshall (25 points, four assists) it was not enough as Nevada dropped their season opener on the road to the 17th ranked Saint Mary's Gaels 81-63.
The Gaels offense was on fire tonight as they shot 60 percent from the field (compared to just 47 percent from Nevada) and 39 percent from the three-point line. Saint Mary's never trailed in the game and attacked Nevada's defense with excellent ball movement and precise passing.
Saint Mary's outscored Nevada by a score of 56-30 in the paint and a big reason for that paint dominance by the Gaels was the play of junior center Jock Landale. Landale scored 33 points on 15 of 20 shooting while grabbing nine rebounds in the winning effort. Joe Rahon was the Gaels second leading scorer with 11 points while Calvin Hermanson chipped in with ten points.
For the Wolf Pack, Marshall was the team's leading scorer despite a 1 for 9 shooting performance from the field in the first half. Cameron Oliver was the team's second leading scorer with 13 points while DJ Fenner and Jordan Caroline contributed with 12 points and nine points respectively.
With the loss, Nevada has now lost 11 straight games to teams that are ranked in the top 25. The Wolf Pack will return to Reno for their home opener as they face another West Coast Conference team, the Loyola Marymount Lions on Monday night