Fazekas' Return Too Much for Fresno St.
Friday, January 19, 2007; 2:41 AM
RENO, Nev. -- Nevada coach Mark Fox wasn't sure how the 15th-ranked Wolf Pack would play with Nick Fazekas back in the lineup after missing the last two and a half games.
Very well, as it turned out.
Fazekas had 20 points and 10 rebounds, playing 25 minutes on his sore left ankle and Marcelus Kemp scored 15 of his 22 points in the second half to help Nevada win its 10th in a row Thursday night, 85-75 over Fresno State.
"I felt like it would be a little bit of an adjustment having Nick back because we hadn't had him for 10 days," Fox said. "He wasn't as healthy as we wanted him to be ... but I was really pleased that they played together."
Denis Ikovlev scored a career-high 18 points and Ramon Sessions had 14 points and nine rebounds for the Wolf Pack (17-1, 5-0 in the Western Athletic Conference), who have won 18 in a row over WAC opponents. They are 54-6 at home since the start of the 2003-04 season and off to their best start in school history.
It was the 53rd career double-double and 12th of the season for Fazekas, a 6-foot-11 senior who played with a brace on the left ankle he hurt against Boise State on Jan. 8.
"I had the injury on my mind a little bit but then as the game got in a flow, I was all right," said Fazekas, who called the ankle "a little bit sore."
"It's going to take some time, but I felt good," he said.
Dominic McGuire had 19 points to lead five players in double figures for Fresno State (13-5, 2-3), which has lost three in a row after winning its first seven.
Hector Hernandez had 13 points, Quinton Hosley and Ja'Vance Colman 12 each and Eddie Miller 10 for the Bulldogs, who were outshot from the field 38 percent to 48 percent and outrebounded 45-35.
"We had 19 assists with only five turnovers, but shot about 35 percent and that's not good enough to win on the road," Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland said.
"Hosely had his shots around the basket but they didn't go down. Nevada has got size and can redirect shots," he said.