Men's Basketball
Northern Iowa-Nevada Notes & Quotes





Nevada Game Notes: - With the 79-64 win over Northern Iowa in the O'Reilly ESPNU BracketBusters, Nevada improved to 24-2 on the year and now has the second-best winning percentage in the nation (.923) behind just Wisconsin (26-2 record, .929) - The Wolf Pack is now a perfect 4-0 in BracketBusters games. - The team won its seventh consecutive game overall and for the 17th time in 18 games. Nevada won its 11 consecutive home game and its 23rd in 24 tries at Lawlor Events Center. - Junior Marcelus Kemp led four Wolf Pack players in double figures for scoring with a game-high 18 points. He also tied for the game high in rebounds with a career high-tying nine boards and added six assists with just one turnover. - That marked the 13th time this year that Kemp has led the team in scoring and the third occasion that he has paced the squad in rebounding. - Senior Nick Fazekas added 17 points and eight rebounds, while senior Kyle Shiloh had 16 points and Ramon Sessions added 14 points and six assists with no turnovers. - Fazekas' eight rebounds moved him into fourth place on the WAC career rebounding charts with 1,175. He moved past Louisiana Tech's Paul Millsap, who had 1,172 in his career from 2003-06. He is also just five points away from fourth on the WAC's career scoring list with 2,306 career points. - Nevada was outrebounded by Northern Iowa 33-31, marking just the fourth time this year that the team has been outrebounded. - The Wolf Pack shot 51.1 percent from the field and 50.0 percent from three-point land (9-18). The team made 71.4 percent of its shots from beyond the arc in the second half (5-7). - Shiloh scored all 16 of his points in the second half. He made 5-of-8 attempts from the field in the second period, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc. Shiloh's four three-pointers made in the game tied his season high. - Nevada trailed at the half 33-32, marking the second consecutive contest that the team has overcome a second-half deficit. The Wolf Pack is now 5-1 this year when trailing at halftime. - The Wolf Pack returns to WAC action next week, traveling to Idaho on Thursday, Feb. 22 and to Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 24. The team holds a two-game lead in the WAC standings with an 11-1 record.   Nevada Quotes:

Nevada forward Nick Fazekas on the second half:

“We executed offensively, defended better and came out with more intensity.  We didn’t play bad in the first half, Northern Iowa just played with us.”

 

Fazekas on Nevada’s three-point shooting:

“It didn’t bring us back into the game but it put us ahead.  We had it going tonight from three-point range.”

 

Nevada forward Denis Ikovlev on playing a team from Iowa:

“It was nice to play well.  I played in front of my high school coach and it was nice to play well in front of him.”

 

Ikovlev on the game:

“It was a tough game.  The two big guys inside were a handful and I was just trying to battle.”

 

Nevada head coach Mark Fox on freshman JaVale McGee’s minutes:

“JaVale has been getting better each week and he really contributed to our win.”

 

Fox on the beginning of the second half:

“We adjusted to an unfamiliar opponent.  In the first half we were feeling each other out and in the second we got a great understanding of what kind of game it was.”

 

Fox on Nevada’s three-point shooting in the second half:

“I was very pleased with the unselfish play tonight.  We shared the ball and it helps that Nick (Fazekas) is drawing attention inside.”

 

Fox on Nevada guard Kyle Shiloh:

“Kyle was terrific tonight.  He continued that tonight at both ends.”

 

 

Northern Iowa Quotes:

 

Northern Iowa Coach Ben Jacobson

 

“The difference between the first and second half was that Nevada came out and made shots.  They scored inside and out at the three point line.   We also didn’t do a good enough job on defense.”

 

Nevada has too many offensive weapons.  Since we don’t see them everyday in league, you don’t realize just how good their offense really is.”

 

Nevada is ranked number ten in the nation for a reason.”

 

Nevada is the best we’ve played out here (on the west coast), so it was tough to prepare for them.”


 

 

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