Late in the second half, it looked like the Wolf Pack were going to get out of another hole and comeback from a large deficit but the rally came up short in Reno today.
The Wolf Pack just did not have enough stops on defense as they fell to the Fresno State Bulldogs 81-76. The loss drops Nevada’s record to 16-4 overall and 5-2 in conference play while the Bulldogs improve to 13-7 and 5-3 in conference play. The loss today also puts an end to the Wolf Pack’s 13 game home winning streak and puts them in a first-place tie with Boise State in the conference standings.
The Wolf Pack’s defense was shredded today by the good shooting of the Bulldogs as they shot 55 percent from the field and 46 percent from the three-point line. The Wolf Pack also got outworked on the boards as the Bulldogs outrebounded Nevada by a count of 35-22. So to put this in perspective, the Wolf Pack simply got outplayed by Fresno State.
For Nevada, four players scored in double figures as Marcus Marshall led the way with 25 points. DJ Fenner had 18 points and Lindsey Drew scored 13 points and had six assists before fouling out. Cameron Oliver had a rough night as he only scored eight points and had three blocks.
The Bulldogs had five players score in double figures today as Jaron Hopkins led the team with 19 points. Deshon Taylor chipped in with 18 points, forward Bryson Williams had 14 points and Jahmel Taylor and Paul Watson both scored ten points in the winning effort.
The Wolf Pack must pick up the pieces after this loss and head back on the road as they face the Boise State Broncos in a pivotal matchup as Nevada looks to stay atop of the conference standings in the Mountain West.