Since joining the Mountain West, Nevada had never beaten San Diego State; that was until last night. Nevada out shot, out-rebounded, and out-hustled the Aztecs and wound up pulling out a 72-69 win at the Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack moved to 13-3 (2-1 in Mountain West play) on the season while the Aztecs dropped to 8-6 (0-2).
Both teams started off slow and through the game’s first 12 minutes they were shooting a combined 13-44 (29.5%). The Wolf Packstarted to gains some momentum and ended the half on a 12-4 run to take a 35-31.
In the second half Nevada came out with intensity and started out on a 7-3 run to extend their lead to eight. The Wolf Pack would not trail the rest of the game and held off a furious Aztecs barrage of three-pointers en route to the victory.
Jordan Caroline (19 points and 11 rebounds) and Cameron Oliver (17 points and 11 rebounds) both recorded a double-double to go along with an assault on the rim. Nothing symbolized Nevada’s domination on the glass more than numerous put back dunks that got the Nevada crowd on their feet. D.J. Fenner (17 points) and Marcus Marshall (12 points) also scored in double figures as the Wolf Pack played only seven players against the Aztecs.
Jeremy Hemsley scored a career-high 30 points while shooting 6-12 from beyond the three-point line. Unfortunately for the Aztecs he did not get much help from his teammates. Max Hoetzel scored 15 points, all on three points shots, and no one else on the team had more than six points. Trey Kell had what was probably his worst game as an Aztec going 1-12 and finishing with three points.
Next for Nevada they will head down to New Mexico for a matchup against the Lobos this Saturday. San Diego State, desperate for a win, will continue its road trip and will head to Boise to face the first place Broncos.