Fazekas becomes Nevada's career scoring leader in win

RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Arkansas-Pine Bluff coach Van Holt figured when he scheduled Saturday night's game at Nevada (No. 23 ESPN/USA Today, No. 24 AP) a year ago that Wolf Pack forward Nick Fazekas would be long gone to the NBA.

The coach didn't expect to be around to see the 6-foot-11 senior with a soft touch from behind the 3-point line become Nevada's all-time leading scorer.

Fazekas scored 20 points and grabbed 17 rebounds in just 21 minutes of play Saturday night and Marcellus Kemp added 15 points to lift Nevada (3-0) to an 82-63 victory over the Golden Lions and its 11th straight win at home.

William Byrd scored 19 points and Terrance Calvin added 17 for Arkansas-Pine Bluff (0-2), which was outrebounded 44-25.

Fazekas, who has led Nevada to three consecutive NCAA berths, considered forgoing his senior year to enter the NBA draft but decided against it in June.

"It was the best decision I could make," Fazekas said after scoring 12 points and 14 rebounds in the first half and hitting 9-of-11 from the field on the game, including both his 3-point shots.

"We're looking to have a good year and I want to be a part of it. To be able to come back and be that much better, it feels great," he said.

Fazekas has 1,880 career points, breaking the 27-year-old mark of 1,877 points Edgar Jones scored from 1975-79.

He broke the record with 17:42 left when he put back a miss -- his 16th rebound of the game. Nevada coach Mark Fox called a time out and the crowd of 7,435 at the Lawlor Events Center gave him a 30-second standing ovation before breaking into a chant of "Nick Fazekas, Nick Fazekas."

Fazekas left the game with 12:45 remaining, but he returned to the floor afterward for Fox to award him the game ball as the fans roared.

"It's a good feeling. It's something special for me that maybe 20, 30 years down the road I can talk about," Fazekas said. He said his teammates kept reminding him before the game he needed 18 to set the record.

"I figured it out when I looked up at the scoreboard and it said 18. It's not every time I score a basket that the whole place stands up and goes nuts," he told reporters.

Holt said his team played better than in a season-opening loss
to Air Force.

But "when you are outclassed, you are outclassed," he said. "Nevada has a very good team. They score well and they are big."

"We defended them as well as we could, [but] we couldn't match up with Fazekas," Holt said.

Fox said the scoring record was a "tremendous accomplishment" for Fazekas, who scored Nevada's first eight points of the second half and the Wolf Pack opened a 49-30 lead at 16:46.

"Edgar Jones was a great player. Nick has been a phenomenal player for us," Fox said.

"He's been very patient even when he's got to sit on the sidelines because we're ahead. He probably could have broken it the first game of the year if I'd left him in the game," he said about the season-opening win over Alaska-Anchorage in which Fazekas also only played 21 minutes.

Fazekas averaged 21.8 points a game last season and was one of only 21 NCAA players to average a double-double. He has 68 points and 45 rebounds in three games this season, including 19 points and 18 rebounds in a 75-47 win at Oregon State Wednesday night.

Nevada led 41-22 at the half and went ahead 58-35 on David Ellis' hook shot at 13:07. Calvin scored the Golden Lions' next eight points to cut the advantage to 61-43 midway through the half, but Nevada equaled it's biggest lead when Brandon Fields made a 3-pointer with 7:24 left that made it 66-43.

Arkansas-Pine Bluff pulled to within 71-58 on Calvin's free throw at 3:56 but Kyle Shiloh answered with a 3-pointer for a 74-58 lead at 3:44 and the Golden Lions could get no closer.

Ramon Sessions scored all 13 of his points in the second half and Shiloh added 10 for Nevada, which shot 52 percent from the field.

Fazekas scored on a reverse layup and a pair of 3-pointers from the top of the key to put Nevada ahead 11-2 less than four minutes into the game.

Kemp's third 3-pointer made it 20-6 before Marcelle Goines scored five in a row to cut the lead to 22-11 at 9:40. But Denis Ikovlev followed Fields' baseline jumper with a 3-pointer and Fazekas scored inside to make it 29-13 en route to a 41-22 halftime lead.