Akron 61

(19-6, 12-2 MAC)

Nevada 88

(20-5, 9-3 WAC)

    9:00 PM ET, February 17, 2006

    Lawlor Events Center, Reno, Nevada

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    AKR 31 3061
    NEV 48 4088

    Top Performers

    Akron: R. Travis 13 Pts, 8 Reb, 1 Ast

    Nevada: N. Fazekas 24 Pts, 14 Reb, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Nevada 88, Akron 61

    RENO, Nev. (AP) -- With three straight 20-win seasons, Nevada has outgrown Bracket Buster weekend.

    Nick Fazekas had 24 points and 14 rebounds and Kyle Shiloh added a career-high 22 points to lead Nevada to an 88-61 win over Akron on Friday night.

    The Wolf Pack have won seven straight games and for the third straight year they won a made-for-television Bracket Buster matchup aimed at bolstering the profiles of mid-major teams.

    "I would like to think our program has established itself enough to not need an extra boost at this time of the year," said Fox, whose team has played in the last two NCAA tournaments.

    Mo Charlo scored 14 points and Ramon Sessions had eight points and a career-high 13 assists for the Wolf Pack (20-5), who are in first place in the Western Athletic Conference at 9-3.

    Romeo Travis had 13 points, the only player in double figures for the Mid-American Conference's Zips (19-6, 12-2), who had won 14 of 16 but suffered their most lopsided loss of the season.

    "We didn't rebound very well, but we defended well, we shot well and we shared the ball well," Fox said. "It's a quality win for us.

    "I would stack our non-league performance against anybody," added Fox, whose team has won on the road at Kansas, UNLV, Vermont and Pacific.

    Akron coach Keith Dambrot said ESPN should have passed on putting Nevada in this year's Bracket Buster lineup.

    "I don't think they should be in it," Dambrot said. "You don't see Gonzaga in it. Didn't they beat Gonzaga by 21 points in the (2004) NCAA Tournament? It's a waste of their time. It's a no-win situation for them.

    "They're every bit as good as any of the teams we've played if not better in a lot of respects," said Dambrot.

    It was Fazekas' 12th double-double of the season, the 35th of the junior's career. Shiloh was 6-for-8 on 3-pointers and Nevada shot 53 percent from the field -- a season-best 12-of-19 from 3-point range -- to Akron's 32 percent from the field.

    "It's a great feeling," Fazekas, a junior, said about his third 20-win season.

    "To be a part of something that has been a great tradition here and just for us to do it three straight years ... is really special and it's something I dreamed about when I was coming out of high school," he said.

    Nevada went on a 17-2 run midway through the first half and scored the first six points of the second half to go ahead 55-31 on a basket inside by Fazekas, who added a 3-pointer a minute later for a 61-37 lead with 17:09 left in the game.

    Nick Dials scored five straight points on a 7-0 run that pulled Akron to within 64-48 at 10:43. But Marcelus Kemp -- who finished with 11 points -- answered with a 3-pointer to spark a 10-2 run that put Nevada back on top 74-50 with 7:47 remaining.

    It marks only the eighth time in school history Nevada has won at least 20 games and the first time the same Wolf Pack coach has done it twice.

    "It's great for our program," said Fox, in his second year after replacing Trent Johnson, now at Stanford. "It's a compliment to our players. Twenty-win seasons are a result of their commitment."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 61 88
    FG Made-Attempted 21-65 (.323) 33-62 (.532)
    3P Made-Attempted 6-20 (.300) 12-19 (.632)
    FT Made-Attempted 13-18 (.722) 10-13 (.769)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 16 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 0 27

    2005-06 Season

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