Postgame Notes & Quotes





Nevada Postgame Notes: - With the 74-68 loss to California on Wednesday night, Nevada saw its 13-game home winning streak, which was the 12th-longest active streak in the nation, come to an end. The loss was the Wolf Pack's first since falling to UNLV 58-49 on Dec. 9, 2006. Prior to tonight, the team had won 25 of its last 26 contests at Lawlor Events Center. - The Wolf Pack falls to 2-3 on the year and is 2-3 to start the season for the first time since the 2003-04 season. - Senior Marcelus Kemp led the team with a season-high 26 points, including 21 in the first half. Sophomore JaVale added 19, one point off his career best, while sophomore Brandon Fields ended up with 15 points, including a career-best three three-pointers. - McGee, the WAC's leader for blocked shots at 3.4 per game, tied his career best with six blocks tonight. He also led the team in rebounding for the fourth time this year with nine rebounds. - JFreshman Armon ohnson had a team- and career-best six assists and Fields tied his career high with five assists and pulled down a career-best six rebounds. - As a team, Nevada shot a season-low 37.3 percent from the field and made just 58.8 percent of its free throw attempts (10-17). In the last two games, Nevada has shot just 58.1 percent from the free throw line (25-43). - The Wolf Pack was outrebounded for the third time this season, getting outboarded 48-34 by the Golden Bears.- With his nine made field goals, Kemp moved into eighth place on the Nevada career list for field goals made with 493. - Nevada returns to action on Saturday, wrapping up a stretch of four of six on the road to start the season with a trip to Pacific. Saturday's game will tip off at 7 p.m. It will be televised locally by KAME-TV and can be heard on ESPN 630 AM.   Nevada Postgame Quotes:

Senior guard Marcelus Kemp on the overall performance of the team:

 “It was a tough game, we made a lot of mistakes and their post player had a good game.”

 

Kemp on the team’s attitude to erase a 14-point Cal lead in the 2nd half:

 “(We just wanted to) keep fightin, keep that heart. It’s frustrating. We fought so hard and couldn’t get it done.”

 

Kemp on the difference in his production in the second half:

“They didn’t make any adjustments. I just wasn’t hitting in the second half.”

 

Nevada head coach Mark Fox on the game:

“Give Cal credit, they’re a good team and tonight we made too many mistakes to win a game. We didn’t rebound or shoot free throws well. We made some defensive errors, but give Cal credit.”

 

Fox on the big second half deficit that the Wolf Pack overcame:

“We dug ourselves a 14-point hole, to get even was a positive, but we spent so much energy to dig out. We didn’t have enough juice maybe. It was a dogfight for a long time, but we just made too many mistakes.”

 

Fox on the performance of Cal sophomore Ryan Anderson (36 points):

“Give him a lot of credit. He’s a very good player, very versatile.  He’s a much improved player from last year.”

 

Fox on Cal’s fast start:

“They got us early on the boards, they’re big and strong.”

 

Fox on Marcelus Kemp’s 26 field goal attempts:

“Marcelus is the one guy who has proven he can score. He always has the green light, so a quick shot by him doesn’t bother me.”

 

Fox on his young team:

“We need to be more consistent offensively and defensively. We’re a young team, it’s not where we are after five games but are we getting better every week, getting to conference play with a chance to be a good team. We have a lot of growing up to do and we’re going to have some painful bumps in the road.”

  Cal Postgame Quotes:

Cal head coach Ben Braun on holding Nevada to 30 percent from the field in the second half:

“It was huge for us because Nevada executes so well and our players stayed with it.”

 

Braun on containing Nevada’s Marcelus Kemp in the second half:

“We thought about changing our defense but we didn’t.  We had tremendous help in the second half.”

 

Braun on forward Ryan Anderson’s career night:

“Ryan had some mismatches tonight JaVale McGee is a tough matchup.  We ran our offense through Ryan in the post.  Our team was patient and we got a much better post presence in the second half.’

 

Forward Ryan Anderson on setting his career high with 36 points:

“My teammates did a good job of getting me the ball.”

 

Anderson on the game:

“Our game plan was to get the ball to the rim and my teammates were able to get me the ball.  Nevada has a lot of talent in the big man position.”

 

Center DeVon Hardin on the game:

“The crowd was crazy.  It was loud and the fans were really into it which made us get into it.”

 

Hardin on Nevada:

“JaVale McGee is the longest kid in America, going against him was a challenge.  Nevada has a lot of different weapons.”

 

On containing Marcelus Kemp in the second half:

“We did a great job of containing him.  He is a hard player to guard.”

 


 

 

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