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Nevada’s defense and depth leads the way to a 73-59 victory over LMU

Nevada is one of two undefeated teams in the Mountain West.

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The Mountain West has been on fire so far in terms of men’s basketball. Although Colorado State is currently 8-0, Nevada continues to be right behind after taking down LMU on Saturday.

The Wolf Pack improved to 6-0 on the season with their 73-59 win. Their defense continued to be Nevada’s strong suit and the skillset from Nevada’s bench has only been getting better.

Scoring Summary

1st Half- LMU 26, Nevada 38

2nd Half- LMU 33, Nevada 35

Final: LMU 59, Nevada 73

Offense

Nevada’s offensive game plan is to attack the rim. The three-point shot may not be there, but it doesn’t matter when it comes to this offense.

The Wolf Pack dominated the Lions in the paint. Nevada outscored LMU 36-16 in the paint. Nick Davidson was a key factor in that scoring 12 points.

Jarod Lucas threw the game right on his shoulders. He finished 7-10 from the field, scoring 20 points, three rebounds, and two assists. He, unfortunately, missed his second free throw of the season, shooting 5-6 from the free throw line.

Nevada’s depth was on full display in this one. It was a rare night for Kenan Blackshear, who only scored five points in the whole game. Players such as Nick Davidson, Tré Coleman, and Daniel Foster. The trio combined for 30 points in this one, being a huge help for players such as Blackshear who had an off-game.

The amazing Matt Hanifan mentioned how this is Steve Alford’s deepest Nevada team yet. There’s no doubt that the depth of this team has been a major factor in the Wolf Pack’s 6-0 start.

Defense

Nevada’s defense was balling tonight. The Wolf Pack held the Lions to just 33 percent from the field. Half of LMU’s shots came from beyond the arc, shouting out Nevada’s interior defense.

Nevada forced 12 turnovers, six steals, and collected seven blocks. Davidson and Coleman led the team with two blocks each.

Holding LMU under 35 points in both halves was huge. This was the same team that was coming off a 90-63 win the week before. Nevada has been excellent at holding opponents' offenses to low-scoring efforts.

Nevada’s defense also forced LMU into a shot clock violation a few times. LMU was quick with its ball movement at times, but Nevada did great overall holding it down.

What’s Next

The 6-0 Wolf Pack will stay home to host UC Davis on Wednesday, Dec. 6. Tip-off is set for 6 p.m. PST at Lawlor Events Center as the Pack goes for a 7-0 record. The Aggies are currently 3-3 and are coming off a 71-59 loss to Oregon State.

A little PSA for all Wolf Pack fans: Pack Lawlor! Out-of-conference play is slowly coming to an end, and Nevada’s chances of winning that out continue to grow. Go Pack!