Nevada Wolf Pack 72, CSU San Marcos 62
Nevada trailed at halftime 36-29 and shot under 35 percent during the first 30 minutes. It had the look and feel of a division II game. The game had zero flow and Nevada seemed to be asleep.
Even in the second half, the Wolf Pack struggled to get into their offense but they were fortunate Marqueze Coleman staged a coming out party and exploded with 25 points in the second half (28 points for the game).
“Last year and the year before, I was in and out, now I get to get more of a rhythm and able to take more of those shots,” Coleman said. “It’s always a good feeling to be in the rotation and things like that.”
He really seemed to be in a zone and showcased he is ready to take on a leadership role this season.
San Marcos had zero business leading for most of the game. The Cougars start a 6-foot-4 center, Julian Camper, and he was matched up against a Nevada front court both standing 6-foot-9. It's a fact that had to make fans cringe because once conference play begins, most of the big men the Wolf Pack face will be a lot more physically imposing.
A.J. West had his best game of his career thus far as a member of the Pack scoring 12 points and grabbing 15 rebounds alongside five blocks. Great statistical game for West but as was mentioned earlier, he did it against a player five inches shorter than him.
Mike Perez continued to struggle with his jump shot as he shot 1-8 from the field and 0-4 from beyond the arch. Perez has obviously worked on his jump shot in the off-season, he has more elevation on his shot but appears to hold on to it too long when releasing it, making it easy to block for his defender.
“We just wanted to do whatever it takes to not disappoint the fans, that was our biggest priority,” West said.
If the Wolf Pack come out slow against a conference opponent, the result may have been quite a bit different.
None of the newcomers stood out in their debut tonight, a worrisome sign for fans. The Wolf Pack enter the season with low expectations, picked by the media to finish eighth out of 11 in the MWC pre-season poll. If tonight was any indication of the season to come, there is every sign this team will struggle immensely.
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