RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nevada junior Nick Fazekas said the Wolf Pack
played better defense last season and scored more two years ago.
The current team may be the best overall as it bids for a third
straight NCAA tournament berth.
Fazekas had 30 points and 11 rebounds for his sixth
double-double in a row as No. 24 Nevada beat Fresno State 74-60
Saturday night, the Western Athletic Conference champion's 11th
victory in a row.
"We've got a lot of momentum right now. We're playing great,"
said Fazekas, who had four assists, two steals and a blocked shot
to go with 12-of-23 shooting from the field, 2-of-6 on 3-pointers.
Marcelus Kemp had 12 points and eight rebounds and Ramon
Sessions added six points, eight rebounds and five assists for the
Wolf Pack (24-5, 13-3), who are on their longest winning streak in
Quinton Hosley had 23 points and seven rebounds and Dwight
O'Neil 14 for the Bulldogs (15-13, 8-8), who were outrebounded
"When you get outrebounded by 18, and you are still only down
eight or nine points that is pretty amazing. But on the boards,
they just overwhelmed us," Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland
"They are very similar to the teams in the past. The thing I
like is when you have Kemp and (Kyle) Shiloh on the wings at times.
It causes problems because it stretches you out defensively. It's
harder to guard them up close."
Nevada, which opens WAC tournament play Thursday night against
Idaho in Reno, has now won the WAC's regular-season title three
years in a row, the last two outright.
Two years ago, the Wolf Pack beat Michigan State and Gonzaga
before losing to eventual NCAA runner-up Georgia Tech in the
regional semifinals. They beat Texas in last year's opening round,
then lost to national runner-up Illinois.
"Each team writes its own legacy. This team is different than
other teams," said Fazekas, who has 1,725 career points and needs
seven more to move ahead of Alex Boyd into second place on Nevada's
"We rebound and we defend, but we don't do that as well as last
year and we definitely don't score as well as the Sweet 16 team.
But overall we're pretty good. We can do a lot of different
With Nevada leading 36-30 at the half, Kemp hit consecutive
3-pointers and Fazekas added a third to put the Wolf Pack ahead
45-32 with 16:57 to play. Kyle Shiloh's 3-pointer gave Nevada its
biggest lead, 58-43 with 10:52 left.
O'Neil converted a three-point play after he was fouled on a
basket inside, then made two free throws to pull the Bulldogs
within 64-54 with 7:34 remaining. But Lyndale Burleson answered
with a 3-pointer to make it 67-54 and Fresno State could get no
closer in front of the sellout crowd of 10,457.
"I think we can still get better," Nevada coach Mark Fox said.
"But we have found ways to win. We are playing with some
confidence and we are becoming more versatile offensively."
The game was close early, as Hosley hit a 3-pointer to give
Fresno State a 16-15 lead midway through the first half. Fazekas
answered with a 3 to start a 7-0 run that was capped by Kemp's
15-footer for a 22-16 Nevada lead.
Hosley's third 3-pointer of the first half cut the lead to 34-30
with 2½ minutes to go, but Fazekas made a hook shot to put Nevada
ahead 36-30 at the half.
The Wolf Pack are 14-1 at home this season, 42-5 dating to the
2003-04 season. The longest winning streak in school history was 17