Tulsa 56

(7-17, 3-11 WAC)

(25) Nevada 70

(21-5, 13-2 WAC)

    10:05 PM ET, February 21, 2005

    Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada

    1 2 T
    TLSA 33 2356
    #25NEV 36 3470

    Top Performers

    Tulsa: C. Wallace 11 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl

    Nevada: N. Fazekas 15 Pts, 15 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 Blk

    Nevada notches first win as ranked team

    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Hours after debuting in the national rankings, Nevada did its best to try to stay there.

    Nick Fazekas had 15 points and 15 rebounds to help Nevada (No. 25 AP) beat Tulsa 70-56 Monday night for its seventh straight win.

    Kevinn Pinkney added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Wolf Pack (21-5, 13-2 Western Athletic Conference), who moved into The Associated Press poll for the first time ever earlier Monday.

    "Little by little, around the nation, everyone is starting to respect Nevada. And they have no choice but to," said Pinkney, who downplayed the importance of ranking to the team.

    "Twenty-five, 100, whatever. It doesn't matter. We just want to play ball and finish the season."

    Jermaine Washington had 13 points and Kyle Shiloh 11 for the Wolf Pack, who outrebounded Tulsa 48-35 and held the Golden Hurricane to 31 percent shooting from the field.

    Jarius Glenn led Tulsa (7-17, 3-11) with 16 points, Chris Wallace added 11 and Anthony Price had nine. Tulsa is 0-7 on the road in conference play.

    It was the 13th double-double for Fazekas and eighth for Pinkney this season. Freshman point guard Ramon Sessions added nine points and seven assists for the Wolf Pack, who made 16 of 19 free throws.

    Nevada now has its best record at this point in the season since the 1945-46 team started 21-4. Saturday's victory over Vermont 74-63 ensured Nevada's first back-to-back 20 win seasons ever on the heels of last year's 25-9 squad that advanced to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before losing to Georgia Tech.

    Last Nevada coach Trent Johnson, who attended Monday night's game and tribute to seniors, left for Stanford after the season. Mark Fox, his assistant for four years, was promoted to replace him.

    "The ranking is something," Fox said. "I want people to follow Nevada and be proud of us. That's what that is for."

    Nevada led by as many as 14 points in the first half, going ahead 31-17 when Washington scored inside and converted a free throw for a three-point play.

    But Wallace hit a pair of 3-pointers to key an 11-3 run over the last 4 minutes of the half to cut the Wolf Pack's lead to 36-33.

    Washington scored six points in the first 5 minutes of the second half, scoring on a jumper, a dunk off an alley-oop from Pinkney and a reverse layup to make it 44-38.

    Price hit a 12-footer and Glenn made a layup to cut it to 44-42 with 13:35 left, but Chad Bell, Pinkney and Shiloh combined for six straight free throws and Shiloh hit a 3-pointer to cap a 9-0 run that made it 53-42.

    After Glenn's basket inside cut it to 53-46, Mo Charlo's 3-pointer sparked a 12-0 run that made it 65-46 with 5:46 to go.

    "Nevada, especially in the second half, they were the aggressors," Tulsa coach Alvin "Pooh" Williamson said.

    "They're very good. They just know how to win. Tonight's game wasn't pretty -- they just grind it out."

    Nevada had five turnovers in the first five minutes, but outrebounded Tulsa 18-6 the first 10 minutes. Fazekas had seven and Pinkney six in that span.

    "Our defense was solid but they had nine offensive rebounds in the first half. If you don't finish it with a rebound, it negates the 30 seconds you just defended," Williamson said.

    Tied at 12, Pinkney's tip in sparked a 10-0 run capped by Fazekas basket on a goaltending call to put Nevada ahead 22-12 midway through the first half.

    Glenn hit from 19 feet and converted a 3-point play to pull to 24-17 at 8:25. But Nevada followed with a 9-0 run to make it 33-17 on Session's floater in the lane at 5:41.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 56 70
    FG Made-Attempted 20-65 (.308) 26-59 (.441)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-17 (.412) 2-9 (.222)
    FT Made-Attempted 9-13 (.692) 16-19 (.842)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 9 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 19

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