It wasn’t close in Nevada’s final out-of-conference game of the season as it beat Fresno Pacific 92-59. Just about everything was clicking for the Pack, and despite a small light delay at Lawlor, Nevada could burst out of the gates.
You can’t bash the Sunbirds too much since they’re a Division II school. They came into a hostile environment and competed, including some impressive three-point shots at the beginning of the game. The Wolf Pack was simply more experienced and talented and had no problem getting past the Subirds.
Fresno Pacific 20 - Nevada 45
Fresno Pacific 39 - Nevada 47
Final: Fresno Pacific 59, Nevada 92
It was a dominant showing by Nevada’s offense. Jarod Lucas led the way with 22 points by shooting 8-16 from the floor. Hunter McIntosh took over the three-point shooting for Nevada, going 4-6 and collecting 18 points in total.
As a team, Nevada shot 7-20 from the three-point line and 11-17 from the free-throw line. The Wolf Pack shot 55 percent from the floor, so they didn’t need to rely on points off of fouls in this one.
58 of the 92 points came from inside the paint, and Nevada’s bench put up 36 points.
K.J. Hymes made his appearance known in this one, scoring 14 points and collecting four rebounds.
Nevada was able to silence Fresno Pacific’s scoring, for the most part. Only one Sunbird reached double-digit points, and torched the Pack with the three-point shot. Kyle Munk scored 32 points for the Sunbirds, shooting 10-13 from the three.
A lot of those three-pointers came from NBA range, and Munk was the only reason Fresno Pacific was able to somewhat stay competitive.
Outside of that, Nevada held Fresno Pacific to 41.7 percent shooting from the floor. The Wolf Pack forced 20 turnovers against the Sunbirds, and they scored 29 points off of those turnovers.
Nevada outrebounded Fresno Pacific 35-27, picked up 12 steals, and kept everyone except Munk under double digits. It was the result you expect when facing a D-II school, but still, a nice win for the Pack to boost their record.
Nevada will take its 13-1 record into Mountain West play. It’ll begin against the Fresno State Bulldogs in Fresno on Saturday, January 6. The 7-6 Bulldogs are second to last in the conference, but everything changes when it comes to conference play. Tip-off is set for 4 p.m. PST.
Nevada’s next home game will be on January 9 against Air Force.