It was another record-setting night for the Nevada men’s basketball team on Wednesday evening as the Wolf Pack cruised to a 119-70 victory over Fresno Pacific at Lawlor Events Center.
The Pack (6-3, 0-0 MW) set a new program record for points in a half with 73, breaking the previous program-best of 71 points in a half set in 1991 against Northwestern State. Nevada’s 119 points set a season-high and were the most in a victory since the Pack scored 120 in win over Loyola Marymount on Nov. 29, 1991.
Senior Tyron Criswell shot 9-of-10 from the field and 8-of-8 from the line for a career-high 26 points. Freshman Cameron Oliver and sophomore Eric Cooper Jr. had 16 points apiece, senior Marqueze Coleman added 15 and freshman Lindsey Drew had a career-best 12. The quintet joined senior AJ West and junior D.J. Fenner in double-figures.
Fenner opened the game with a 3-pointer and Nevada started the contest on a 9-0 run. With the Pack leading 22-9, Fresno Pacific’s Spencer Krannitz dropped seven-straight points to cut the Sunbird deficit to six, 22-16, with 6:07 to go in the first half.
The Pack responded with two free throws from West and a 3-pointer from Oliver to go back up 11, 27-16. Fresno Pacific would not within eight for the remainder of the half as Nevada went to locker room with a 17-point advantage, 46-29, thanks to made 3 from just inside midcourt from Fenner with time expiring.
Nevada opened it up after the break as it dropped 73 points in the second stanza. Criswell gave the Pack its largest lead of the game on a traditional 3-point play with 5:21 to play that made it 102-48.
Nevada will be back in action on Saturday against Drake in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. Tip at Lawlor is at 4 p.m.