The Nevada Wolf Pack came back from a ten-point halftime deficit to defeat the Montana Grizzlies 79-75 in the first round of the 2016 CBI Tournament. The win improves Nevada's record to 20-13 giving the Wolf Pack their 14th 20th win season in the program's 102-year history.
In the first half, the Grizzlies shooting was fantastic as they hit six of their first nine three pointers and led by 11 points at the midway point of the first half. Montana shot 47 percent from the field while Nevada only shot 34 percent as the Grizzlies led by ten at the half. Montana pushed the lead to 13 to start the second half but Nevada found the shooting touch in the second half. The Wolf Pack started to hit their threes and cut into the Grizzlies lead as DJ Fenner hit a pair of back-to-back threes to start the Wolf Pack rally.
Nevada cut Montana's lead to 66-65 when Lindsey Drew made a jumper to give the Wolf Pack a 67-66 lead with 2:28 left in the game. Montana retook the lead after Walter Wright made a jumper to give Montana a 68-67 lead. But Lindsey Drew came thru in the clutch with a made three-pointer to give Nevada a 71-68 lead. Nevada would not give up the lead as they held on to defeat Montana and secure their first ever win in the CBI Tournament. (They were 0-2 before tonight's game). For Nevada, DJ Fenner led the team with 24 points while Cameron Oliver scored 17 points and Lindsey Drew scored 16 points and made some big shots for the team in the final minutes of the game. Martin Breunig and Jack Lopez both scored 20 points apiece for Montana.
The Wolf Pack will play Eastern Washington, which beat Pepperdine on Wednesday, in the second round of the CBI Tournament on Monday night at 7 pm in the Lawlor Events Center.