By Manny Vieites
In a classic trap game, Nevada was able to finally snuff out UC Davis in overtime on the Aggies’ home court.
Even though he is known for his late-game heroics, leading scorer Deonte Burton was not the main culprit to gun down UC Davis, as senior swingman Jerry Evans Jr. poured it on with 25 points, including the final two free throws in the sudden-death period.
Burton contributed 19 points of his own, while forwards Ronnie Stevens and Cole Huff each chipped in 13 points.
However, the Wolf Pack had to hold off the Aggies’ Corey Hawkins, who went ballistic with a game-high 34 points. With 15 lead changes in the game, this was exactly what Nevada needed to regain some much-needed confidence while moving forward in the non-conference schedule.
Cal game will be fourth road game for Nevada
On Dec. 10th, the Wolf Pack travels to Berkeley to face the California Golden Bears in an attempt to improve their record to 5-5 on the season.
The Bears are among the elite in the Pac-12 conference and will be hard to contain at their house.
Thus far, Cal has jumped ahead to a record of 6-3, with two losses coming back-to-back after a five game win-streak to start off the season. Last week the Bears put up a good fight against #8 ranked Syracuse and ended up falling down the stretch.
This squad is lead by senior Justin Cobbs, who has been a consistent scorer for Cal, averaging 15.6 points a game. He also has a great knack for passing, adding six assists a game. In the Golden Bear’s last game, they took a loss on the road to Santa Barbara. Nevada needs to run in transition to get it going early on the offensive end. Scorers Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans Jr. have been the most consistent players for Nevada, averaging a combined 35 points per game.
Another notable wrinkle in this match-up is that this will be Nevada’s fourth consecutive game away from Lawlor and what might be their toughest yet. The Golden Bears are currently undefeated at home and have beaten teams by an average of nearly 19 points. However, the closest Cal has come to dropping a game in Berkeley this season was early in the year against the University of Oakland. While the Golden Bears did sneak away with the victory, this does give some hope to the Wolf Pack, in that a 2-7 squad could push Cal to its limit.
The starting lineup for the Bears has put up efficient numbers the whole season, which outweighs what the Pack has done thus far. Nevada will have to play an up-tempo game against the Bears and will have to attack early to make its mark in Berkeley.
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