Fresno State 69, Nevada 66

A slow start on offense and a hot-hand from Fresno State’s Marvelle Harris led to a 69-66 loss for the Nevada Wolf Pack.

“Once he got going it was hard to stop him,” said Nevada Head Coach David Carter when asked about Harris. Harris set a new career high with 40 points on 14 of 23 shooting. The rest of the Bulldogs offense finished 8 of 34 from the field.

The Wolf Pack didn’t score their first field goal of the game until 14:07 remaining in the first half. Coming off of an emotional win against their in-state rival UNLV Rebels, Nevada struggled out of the gate.

“As the captain and the point guard of this team I can’t let my guys slip, myself included, we can’t come out with a slow start,” said Junior guard Marqueze Coleman.

The Pack trailed by as many as eleven in the first half and with 19 first half points from Marvelle Harris, Fresno State led 36-28 at the half.

After falling behind 53-40 with 11:27 left, Coach Carter called a timeout to try and regroup his Wolf Pack team. The team responded going on a 16-to-5 run and tied it up at 56 with 3:55 left. Coming out of a Fresno State timeout Emmanuel Owootoah knocked down an open three-pointer to put the Bulldogs up 59-56 and the Wolf Pack never saw a tie or lead after that.

“That was a big shot, I thought that was a turning point. We never really got the momentum back after that,” said Coach Carter. “We wanted someone else (other than Harris) to beat us and he stepped up. He made a good shot and made a good play.”

The Wolf Pack didn’t help them selves from behind the arc today going an abysmal 2 of 16 from the three-point line. The Bulldogs finished the game shooting 47.1% from three and outscored the Wolf Pack by 18 from there.

“We feel like we let that one slip away, it was a tough loss but we got to get ready for the next game.” A.J. West.

Injury Notes:

Robin Missa left the game in the first half with a left shoulder injury and never returned. There was no update on his status post-game.

Up Next:

The Wolf Pack (6-9, 2-1) travel to Fort Collins, Colorado to take on the Colorado State Rams (15-2, 2-2) at 6:00 pm Pacific time on Wednesday January 14.

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