(20) Nevada 77

(5-0, 4-0 away)

Pacific 70

(4-3, 2-1 home)

    10:00 PM ET, December 3, 2005

    Alex G. Spanos Center, Stockton, California

    1 2 T
    #20NEV 30 4777
    PAC 39 3170

    Top Performers

    Nevada: N. Fazekas 23 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Blk

    Pacific: C. Maraker 21 Pts, 10 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Charlo, Fazekas help Nevada end losing skid against Pacific 

    STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) -- Mark Fox certainly could understand his team's energy level being a little low considering Nevada's exhausting cross-country schedule so far.

    Still, the coach demanded more effort -- the Wolfpack could rest on the bus ride home.

    Mo Charlo scored 16 of his career-high 22 points in the second half and grabbed eight rebounds and Nick Fazekas added 23 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks, helping Nevada (unranked ESPN/USA Today; No. 20 AP) snap a 20-game losing streak in Stockton with a 77-70 victory over Pacific on Saturday night.

    "I needed to get to the hole and get some easy buckets and get myself going again," Charlo said. "Coach came in at halftime and chewed us pretty good. I'm a senior and I felt I had to lift the team up, so that's what I did."

    The Wolfpack preserved their 14-game road winning streak dating to last season with a strong second half that featured a 25-for-28 performance at the free throw line.

    Nevada (5-0), playing its third game against a team that won its conference last season, won at Pacific for the first time since taking two in a row here during the 1949-50 season, though no dates were available.

    "That was eating away at me," Fazekas said. "I had never beaten Pacific since I came to Nevada, so that bothered me a lot."

    Christian Maraker had 21 points and 10 rebounds for the Tigers, who had been 9-0 against Nevada in the Spanos Center since the arena opened in 1981 and had their 12-game home winning streak snapped.

    The Wolfpack won in their final game of an exhausting four-game road trip that will have covered 10,028 miles in 11 days by the time Nevada's bus returns to Reno on Sunday -- including a 72-70 win at Kansas on Thursday night.

    At 5-0, this is believed to be Nevada's best start since the team began the 1951-52 season with 14 straight victories, but some of the school's records prior to that year are incomplete. The Wolfpack won 10 of their first 11 games in 1978-79.

    "We thought we could be 5-0," Fox said. "We came here to win, and we were fortunate to have squeaked both of them out. I'm extremely proud of our kids."

    Nevada pounded the ball inside early in the second half and Charlo made three quick trips to the line in less than 2 minutes, making all six of his shots to start a 14-4 run that put the Wolfpack ahead 47-45 and on their way to overcoming a nine-point halftime deficit.

    They were already in the bonus on Pacific's seventh foul of the half when Charlo sunk two free throws at 16:12. Fazekas followed with eight straight points to end the spurt for a 47-45 lead with 12:05 to play.

    After Demarshay Johnson blocked a putback attempt by Pacific's Michael White with just more than 6 minutes left, Marcelus Kemp scored Nevada's next five points and then Fazekas scored the following five to give the Wolfpack a 66-59 lead with 3:52 remaining.

    Kemp finished with 14 points in 18 minutes.

    Pacific got a big lift from speedy freshman guard Steffan Johnson, who had five of his 11 points, a steal and an assist during Pacific's 21-5 run to end the first half. The Tigers couldn't carry that momentum into the second half.

    "They just took it away from us," Steffan Johnson said. "We played 20 good minutes, went into halftime up and then just didn't finish. They were knocking down shots and playing how they're supposed to play."

    The Tigers (4-3), who had won the past two meetings against Nevada, ended the Wolfpack's 18-game home winning streak with a 72-69 win on Dec. 11, 2004, in Reno. Pacific went 27-4 last season, won the Big West Conference and reached the second round of the NCAA tournament for the second straight year.

    Pacific lost four starters and seven seniors in all -- five earned all-conference honors -- from that team that set a school record for victories. Maraker is the team's top returning scorer.

    Nevada struggled moving the ball around the perimeter in the first half against Pacific's high-pressuring, rotating zone defense. The Wolfpack committed four straight turnovers during a 12-0 spurt by Pacific that helped the Tigers to a 39-30 lead at the break despite being outrebounded 20-12.

    The Tigers started the game 6-for-21 and had a tough time on the boards against the aggressive and taller Wolfpack before Pacific took advantage of Nevada's mistakes to come back, but couldn't keep up in the second half.

    "They just have better players than we do," Pacific coach Bob Thomason said. "They're bigger and quicker. They went to their good guys, and their best guys did it. We got in serious foul trouble. That's just something you can't do."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 77 70
    FG Made-Attempted 22-52 (.423) 25-57 (.439)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-12 (.500) 5-19 (.263)
    FT Made-Attempted 27-30 (.900) 15-21 (.714)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 23 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 7 9

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