It was a huge blow to Nevada last week when it lost its first-season game to Drake. The Wolf Pack’s offense was flat, and their defense had no answer to Drake’s shooting. Back home in Lawlor, Nevada rebounded with a 72-55 win over Weber State.
The offense for Nevada woke up, and players such as Kenan Blackshear broke out of the slump from the Drake game. The offense and defense looked how it has for the entire season, and boosted this team's confidence.
1st Half- Weber State 22 - Nevada 29
2nd Half- Weber State 33 - Nevada 43
Final: Weber State 55, Nevada 72
Nevada’s offense was wide awake in this one, as five players scored double digits (Blackshear, Jarod Lucas, Nick Davidson, Tré Coleman, and K.J. Hymes.) Blackshear, coming off an eight-point game against Drake, scored a team-leading 15 points with five rebounds, five assists, two blocks, and a steal.
Nevada shot 57 percent from the field, and it was a bit of a switch in how it scored points. The Pack’s three-point shooting has been a struggle for them all year. In this one, shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc. Lucas shot 3-5, Blackshear landed his first three of the season, and five total players for Nevada made a three-point shot.
The free throw shooting has taken a slight step back. Lucas, who was once perfect from the free throw line, missed both his opportunities in this one. Only Blackshear and Tyler Rolison (2-2, 1-1) shot perfectly from the line. As a team, Nevada shot 7-17 from the free-throw line.
Nevada’s defense badly needed a rebound after the beatdown against Drake. The Pack held the Wildcats to 22 points in the first half and held them to 40 percent shooting from the field.
Out of Nevada’s 29 rebounds, 27 of them came defensively. The Pack also picked up eight steals, and five blocks, and forced 15 turnovers against the Wildcats. Nevada also collected 16 points via the turnover, once again boosting its defense's ability to shut an opposing offense down.
Nevada also held Weber State to a 33 percent three-point shooting, and only three Wildcats scored in the double digits.
Nevada will travel to Paradise to take on Hawaii in Honolulu on Dec. 17. It will be the first of four games in the state of Hawaii, as the Wolf Pack will begin the Diamond Head Classic after playing the Rainbow Warriors.
Hawaii is currently first in the Big West with a 7-1 record. It’s coming off a 78-53 win over Hawaii Pacific and is looking to extend its two-game winning streak.