By Javier Hernandez
It was a wire-to-wire victory last night for the Nevada Basketball team after routing the Bradley Braves (4-4, 0-0 MVC) 91-69. The Wolf Pack (7-2, 0-0 MWC) never trailed in the game and held the Braves to 26 points, tied for the lowest an opponent has scored in the first half. In addition, the Wolf Pack’s 91 points ties its season-high in scoring.
The Wolf Pack started the game firing on all cylinders en route to an early 12-2 run to force the Braves to shed an early timeout. Jordan Caroline, the Champaign Illinois native who had 36 of his family and friends in attendance for the game, sparked the early run by scoring five of Nevada’s first 12 points and also had an assist and a steal in the early goings. Caroline eventually finished the game with a career-high 23 points (on 6-of-9 shooting) and added five rebounds and four assists.
For the game, the Wolf Pack shot 55.6 percent from the field while also shooting 47.8 percent from beyond the arc.
Nevada saw five players score in double figures for the second time this season. Like Caroline, Leland King set a career-high in points scoring 12 points (on 5-of-11 shooting) and he also had four rebounds. D.J. Fenner had an efficient game, scoring 21 points (on 7-of-9 shooting). His five 3-pointers are a career high in 3-point field goals for him. Lindsey Drew once again flirted with a triple-double, falling two assists short. He finished with 11 points, 14 rebounds, and 8 assists. Marcus Marshall rounded out the double-digit scorers with his 12 points (on 4-of-7 shooting).
The Wolf Pack will head home and have a week off to prepare for its next matchup on December 11 against PAC-12 opponent, Washington. Drew, Nevada’s designated defensive stopper, will have his hands full as he will be matched up against the Huskies’ PG Markelle Fultz who is a projected top-five NBA draft pick.
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