Led by Caleb Martin, The Nevada Wolf Pack Gutted Out A Victory Over The Colorado State Rams
This was not easy, but Nevada managed to pull away from a surprisingly competitive Colorado State Rams team.
Wolf Pack defeat Colorado State to improve to 20-4 and 9-1 in conference play.
It wasn’t easy for the Nevada Wolf Pack tonight as the Colorado State Rams, playing without their head coach Larry Eustachy who was placed on administrative leave and without their top scorer J.D Paige who was sidelined with a broken hand, put up a fight and stayed competitive against Wolf Pack throughout much of the game
But it was the Wolf Pack’s defense in the second half, some very good free throw shooting and Caleb Martin’s big shots late in the game that propelled the Wolf Pack to the 76-67 victory over the Rams on Saturday night.
With the win, the Wolf Pack improve their overall record to 20-4 and 9-1 in Mountain West conference play. While the Rams overall record drops to 10-15 and 3-9 in conference play.
The Wolf Pack had a dreadful shooting night as they only shot 36 percent from the field and 29 percent from the three-point line. But it was Nevada’s free throw shooting and stellar performances from Caleb Martin, Lindsey Drew, and Kendall Stephens was enough to give the Wolf Pack the victory.
The Wolf Pack did hold a lead as large as eight points on the Rams in the second half, but the Rams came roaring back and cut the Wolf Pack lead to three at 65-62 with under three minutes left to go in the game. But Caleb Martin hit a pair of free throws and on the next Wolf Pack possession, Martin hit a three-pointer to extend the Wolf Pack’s lead to eight at 70-62 and from there the Wolf Pack were comfortably in the lead late in the game.
While the Wolf Pack’s offense had its struggles tonight, their defense stepped up especially in the second half as they limited the Rams to just under 27 percent shooting from the field in the second half. Nevada’s defensive performance tonight was one of the major keys to the Wolf Pack securing their 20th win of the season and staying a half a game up on Boise State in the conference standings.
The Wolf Pack have a big week ahead of them as they return to Reno on Wednesday to host their in-state rivals UNLV on Wednesday and next Saturday night, the Wolf Pack will host the San Diego State Aztecs.