(24) Nevada 86

(6-0, 3-0 away)

LA-Lafayette 74

(1-5, 1-3 home)

    8:05 PM ET, November 29, 2006

    Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana

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    #24NEV 44 4286
    ULL 38 3674

    Top Performers

    Nevada: N. Fazekas 21 Pts, 6 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Louisiana-Lafayette: D. Dees 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk

    Kemp, Fazekas lead Nevada over La.-Lafayette

    LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) -- Experience and discipline proved to be the key as Nevada (No. 20 ESPN/USA Today; No. 24 AP) broke open a close game midway through the second half to beat Louisiana-Lafayette.

    Marcelus Kemp and Nick Fazekas combined for 40 points to help the Wolf Pack (6-0) remain undefeated with an 86-74 win Wednesday night.

    Kemp had 19 points, including two baskets in a 50-second period, to begin a 16-2 run for the Wolf Pack (6-0). Fazekas had two baskets during that stretch, including a three-point play with 8:08 left that gave Nevada a 69-56 lead.

    Fazekas finished with 21 points on 8-of-12 shooting.

    "We really felt we needed to play very disciplined offensively. We have some experienced guards, and they were able to follow things through after we got going," said Nevada coach Mark Fox.

    JaVale McGee's layup in transition gave the Wolf Pack a 71-56 lead with 7:40 left and Nevada led by double figures for all but 22 seconds the rest of the way.

    The Ragin' Cajuns (1-5) lost their fifth straight. They rallied from a six-point halftime deficit and tied the game at 46 with 16:56 left on Ross Mouton's second straight 3-pointer.

    Louisiana-Lafayette was still within 55-54 at the 12:45 mark on Valentino Hart's basket before Kemp's back-to-back jumpers.

    David Dees finished with 26 points and Mouton added 25 including four 3-pointers for the Cajuns, who had only one field goal in a five-minute stretch late in the second half.

    Hart added 10 points and a game-high nine rebounds.

    "They have a lot deeper team than we do. That may be the best team we'll play all year. They have all the parts. They can shoot it, they can handle it and they've got the All-American type guy (Fazekas) that plays that part," said Louisiana-Lafayette coach Robert Lee. "We played OK. If you take away a three or four minute stretch in the first half and a three minute stretch in the second half, it was probably our best game.

    "But those guys have been in the NCAA tournament and they've been through this. They're just better than we are right now. When you're dealing with experienced guards like they have, they've been through the wars. We only had 11 turnovers ourselves, and that's a season low. There's no shame in losing to these guys."

    Mouton's three-point basket with 2:44 left put Louisiana-Lafayette within 77-70, but Nevada made eight of 10 free throws down the stretch. The Wolf Pack, now 23-5 on the road over the last three seasons, finished with a 22-of-27 mark at the line.

    "We tried to play a lot of guys in the first half, so we had a little bit livelier legs in the second half," Fox said of the second-half run. "Kemp finally found some open shots, and those were hard to come by earlier in the game. They are better than their record. The schedule hasn't been conducive to them, but I knew we'd get a great effort. I'm glad we played them now and not two months from now."

    Nevada also had just six turnovers in the game, only one in the first 19 minutes when the Wolf Pack built a 10-point 44-34 lead with 1:06 left in the first half. The Cajuns scored four quick points in the final 38 seconds of the half to get within 44-38 at halftime.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 86 74
    FG Made-Attempted 29-58 (.500) 28-60 (.467)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-15 (.400) 5-15 (.333)
    FT Made-Attempted 22-27 (.815) 13-19 (.684)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (0/0) 19 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 13 2

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