RENO, Nev. (AP) -- With star Nick Fazekas having an off night and
playmaker Ramon Sessions out with an injury, three Nevada guards
took up the slack to keep the Wolf Pack (No. 22 ESPN/USA Today, No. 17 AP) unbeaten with a
78-51 victory over UC Davis on Wednesday night.
Reserve Marcelus Kemp scored 19 points, including 10 straight
for Nevada late in the game, and Kyle Shiloh and freshman Lyndale
Burleson each had five assists while holding Aggies' leading scorer
Vince Oliver to five points -- 10 below his average.
Mo Charlo added 12 points and Fazekas and Demarshay Johnson each
had 10 for Nevada, (6-0), which shot 58 percent from the field and
is off to its best start since the 1951-52 team opened the season
"Our point guard play was solid," Nevada coach Mark Fox said.
"Lyndale has been growing and getting better each week and
tonight he was solid again with five assists. Kyle is a terrific
defender. ... He's been a lockdown defender for us and it usually
goes unnoticed. Tonight was another example of how well he can play
at that end."
Sessions, the Western Athletic Conference's freshman of the year
last season, missed the game with a nagging hip injury. Fox said
there's a 50-50 chance he'll return Saturday against No. 16 UCLA in
the Wooden Classic at Anaheim, Calif.
Kyle Brucculeri scored 16 points and Phil Rasmussen had 10
points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Aggies (1-5), who upset
Stanford last week but shot only 33 percent from the field against
Nevada. Oliver didn't take a shot in the first half and didn't make
his first field goal until there were about 8 minutes left in the
"From the opening tip, it was complete domination on both sides
of the ball," UC Davis coach Gary Stewart said. "They're a darn
good basketball team. They did anything they wanted to do."
Fazekas, a junior who led Nevada to the NCAA tournament the past
two years, entered the game averaging 22.4 points. He was 5-of-9
from the field and missed his only 3-point attempt.
Nevada's bench scored 51 points to equal the Aggies' total.
"I was really pleased we were able to share the minutes and
that everybody could come in and make the plays we were able to
make," Fox said.
"That was one thing we really tried to address in the offseason
-- get some more scoring around Nick so he wouldn't have to carry
the load. Physically that's hard to do and mentally it's hard to
do. Our depth has helped him this year."
The Wolf Pack led 10-0 then went on another 10-0 run early in
the second half to open a 51-31 lead on Denis Ikolev's basket off
an inbounds pass with 13:22 remaining. Fueled by Kemp, they added
another 18-0 run down the stretch to seal the victory.
"I hit a couple of shots and after that I got in a comfort
zone," said Kemp, who was 6-of-8 from the field, including 3-of-5
from 3-point range.
Trailing 40-24 at halftime, UC Davis' Jesse Lopez Low made a
3-pointer and Rasmussen scored on an inbounds pass to cut Nevada's
lead to 41-31 with 16:40 left.
After Ikolev capped the 10-0 run, Brucculeri and Rommel Marentez
made 3-pointers for UC Davis, then Oliver made his first field goal
of the game and Rasmussen scored to cut it to 59-41 at 7:30.
But UC Davis went scoreless the next 5 minutes, Kemp got hot and
Nevada capped an 18-0 run with Seth Taylor's 3-pointer for a 77-41
lead with 2:12 left.
Charlo scored six points in the first 5 minutes to put Nevada up
10-0 then Kemp followed consecutive 3-pointers with a three-point
play to extend the lead to 19-5 at 11:54.
Brucculeri and Marentez, who finished with 10 points, hit
3-pointers and Rasmussen scored inside to cut the lead to 28-17.
But Fazekas scored and Ikovlev made two 3-pointers to put Nevada
ahead 37-21 with 4:33 left in the half.