Nevada 79 - Utah State 62
RENO, Nev. – Nick Fazekas scored 24 points and added 18 rebounds to lead 18th-ranked Nevada to a 79-62 home win against Utah State at Lawlor Events Center Saturday night.
Nevada improves to 19-2 overall and 7-1 in the Western Athletic Conference with the win, while Utah State falls to 15-6 overall and 4-3 in league play with the loss.
Jaycee Carroll led Utah State with 15 points, while Chaz Spicer added 12.
Utah State scored the first four points of the game on a free throw by Durrall Peterson and a three-pointer by Carroll before Nevada scored eight straight points. The Wolf Pack would never trail again in the game as it broke open a close game with a 7-0 run midway through the first-half and lead by as many as 15 before going into the locker room with a 43-30 advantage.
In the first half Nevada shot 59.3 percent from the field as compared to just 39.4 percent shooting by Utah State. Fazekas led the Wolf Pack with 14 points at the break, while Chaz Spicer had 10 points for the Aggies.
Utah State fought back in the second-half with an early 7-0 run to cut Nevada’s lead in half and trailed 51-44 with 14:48 remaining. During the next seven-plus minutes, USU played toe-to-toe with UNR as Carroll scored 11 straight points to keep USU in the game. Following a Nick Hammer three-pointer to cut the lead to eight at 64-56, Nevada scored 10 straight points to put the game away.
Nevada finished the game by shooting 50.0 percent from the field and 39.1 percent from three-point range as it made nine-of-23 attempts from behind the arc. Utah State shot just 41.0 percent overall, including 33.3 percent from three. The Wolf Pack also out-rebounded the Aggies 41-29.
Utah State did commit a season-low six turnovers in the game, as compared to 10 for Nevada, but the Wolf Pack had eight more assists (23-15) and five more blocks (7-2) in the game.