Nov. 3, 2005
RENO, Nev. - Junior forward Nick Fazekas scored 22 points as the Nevada Wolf Pack opened the 2005-06 season with a 77-69 exhibition victory over Division II Rockhurst University Thursday night at Lawlor Events Center.
After playing to a 14-14 tie in the first eight minutes, Nevada used a 9-0 run to take a 23-14 lead with 7:18 to play in the first half. Junior forward Denis Ikovlev drained a three-pointer to start the run, while sophomore guard Ramon Sessions added a pair of fast-break layups. Rockhurst would get as close as six points, but Nevada rattled off eight of the game's next 10 points to take the team's largest lead of the first half, 31-19 with 2:52 to play.
The Wolf Pack went into the locker room with a 36-27 halftime lead. Fazekas had 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first half, while Ikovlev knocked down a pair of treys and had eight points in the first 20 minutes.
Rockhurst cut the lead to five, 38-33, four minutes into the second half, but Nevada answered with a 14-4 run to take a 52-37 lead with 11:41 to play. The Hawks would threaten again a few minutes later, getting within six points with an 11-2 run to make the score 54-48 with 9:06 to play.
Fazekas scored seven straight points, including a three-point play, to give the Wolf Pack a 65-50 lead with 6:16 to play. The Hawks would get as close as seven late in the half, but Nevada held on for the 77-69 win despite missing 10 of 16 free throws in the final 4:23 of action.
Fazekas finished with a game-high 22 points on 9-of-14 shooting, while Ikovlev finished with 12 points in his Wolf Pack debut, knocking down two three-pointers and all six of his attempts at the free throw line. Junior forward Demarshay Johnson had a team-best six rebounds in his first game at Nevada, while senior forward Mo Charlo had four assists.
Four players scored in double figures for the Hawks, led by junior guard Joey Deas who had 10 points. Rockhurst outrebounded Nevada 34-33 and knocked down seven three-pointers in the game, including five in the second half. Senior guard Corey Shulte had six rebounds, while Deas added four assists.
Nevada will have its final exhibition tune-up on Saturday, Nov. 12, playing host to Humboldt State at 7:05 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center. That game will be part of a doubleheader with the Wolf Pack women's basketball team, which hosts Sonoma State at 5:05 p.m. Tickets for the exhibition games cost $4. The Wolf Pack opens the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 19, playing host to Sacramento State at 7:05 p.m. at Lawlor Events Center.
For ticket information for the 2005-06 basketball season, call the Wolf Pack Ticket Office at (775) 348-PACK (7225).