RENO, Nevada (AP) — Nevada trainer Eric Musselman sought after to ship a message about his group’s Three-point capturing, particularly in opposition to the zone protection.

“I feel everyone is enjoying zone (once they play us),” Musselman mentioned Friday evening. “That is wonderful. I feel our college file is 17 3s. I did not comprehend it till I grabbed the stat sheet. I might have informed them to release a couple of extra with 5 mins to move as a result of we are two brief from the file.”

Caleb Martin scored all 22 of his issues in the second one 1/2 and No. 7 Nevada shot 48 % from Three-point vary in an 83-61 victory over Pacific.

Jordan Caroline scored 16 issues, Tre’Shawn Thurman added 14, Jazz Johnson 12 and Cody Martin 11 for Nevada (2-Zero).

Anthony Townes completed with 13 issues and Lafayette Dorsey had 10 for the Tigers (1-1).

Nevada had a lopsided measurement merit with all of its starters status 6-foot-7 or taller. Pacific’s tallest starter used to be 6-foot-7 Jahbril Worth-Noel. However as an alternative of exploiting that merit, Nevada went to paintings from past the arc — and it labored.

The Wolf Pack shot 60 % of its first 38 pictures from Three-point vary and transformed 15 of 31 from lengthy vary.

“I am not shocked that they’re making the ones pictures,” mentioned Cody Martin, who additionally had 11 assists. “It simply feels just right as a result of for them the most important factor used to be no longer simply getting the nerves or the jitters, or no matter you need to name it, out of the best way, however as soon as one fell for them, it used to be over.”

That good fortune helped the Wolf Pack handle a lead lots of the sport, even with closing yr’s most sensible scorer, Caleb Martin, held scoreless within the first 1/2. He used to be additionally scoreless within the first 1/2 of the group’s opener on Tuesday and wound up with 21 issues.

“Scouting stories are so focused on him,” Musselman mentioned. “I feel he is making an attempt to get different guys concerned early within the sport. Remaining yr, we went to him so much early within the sport. Now we are going to him in the second one 1/2.”

Nevada did finally end up exploiting its top merit, however no longer ahead of Pacific ahead Zach Cameron left the sport with an damage and Worth-Noel fouled out with 11:41 left.

“The primary 1/2 we have been wonderful, however in the second one 1/2, we did not have solutions,” Pacific trainer Damon Stoudamire mentioned. “They made a large number of pictures and we were given into some foul bother … at their position, you’ll be able to’t do this.”

Pacific (1-1) performed the vast majority of the second one 1/2 in foul bother. The Tigers had 28 non-public fouls whilst Nevada had 18.

Nevada constructed a nine-point lead by means of the top of the primary 1/2 and outscored Pacific 49-34 in the second one 1/2.

BIG PICTURE

Pacific: The Tigers stayed in putting distance of a most sensible 10 group, however could not continue to exist foul bother and Nevada’s scorching capturing down the stretch.

Nevada: The Wolf Pack appear to be a second-half group during the first two video games. Nevada outscored its first two combatants 68-59 within the first 1/2 and 101-70 in the second one 1/2.

MARTIN’S SECOND HALF SUCCESS

In back-to-back video games to start out the season, Caleb Martin, Nevada’s main scorer in 2017-18, entered halftime scoreless. Martin scored 21 issues in the second one 1/2 of the season opener in opposition to BYU. He scored 22 in the second one 1/2 Friday.

UP NEXT

Pacific: The Tigers go back to Stockton to host Stanislaus State on Tuesday

Nevada: The Wolf Pack performs sport 3 of its four-game house stand in opposition to Little Rock on Friday.

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