Ten things to ponder after the Nevada Wolf Pack’s 61-55 victory over the San Jose State Spartans on Wednesday night in San Jose . . .
1. It took the Wolf Pack half of a game for its offense to wake up. The Pack missed all eight of its 3-pointers and shot just 9-of-30 while scoring just 22 points in the first half. The Pack was lucky it was only down nine (31-22) at the break.
2. Shots from beyond the 3-point arc remain the Pack’s Achilles’ heal. At one point in the first half the Pack went six minutes without scoring a point. They missed all eight of their shots during that stretch with six of those shots coming from 3-point range. This team sometimes falls in love with the 3-point shot despite the fact they have shown little consistency from that range all season. They were 2-of-12 on Wednesday and are just 10-of-49 (20 percent) over the last three games.
3. The Pack beat the Spartans with defense. The Wolf Pack had 11 steals and forced the Spartans to turn the ball over 21 times. San Jose State went over six minutes at one point in the second half without scoring as the Pack went on a 13-0 run to wipe out an 11-point deficit. The Spartans also didn’t convert a shot from the field for the last 5:47 of the game and scored just three points during that stretch.
4. The Wolf Pack did shoot 52 percent (14-of-27) in the second half but that percentage was inflated because of their defense. The Pack had 17 points in the second half off San Jose State turnovers. The Wolf Pack had just four assists the entire game, their lowest output of the season.
5. Foul trouble continues to plague Pack. Lindsey Drew and Tyron Criswell, the Pack’s two most aggressive defenders, each fouled out. Criswell played 36 minutes and had 12 points and six boards but Drew was limited to just 16 minutes because of foul trouble and had just four points, no assists and one steal. The freshman has fouled out a team-high eight times this year.
6. Cameron Oliver backed up his 24-rebound, 20-point performance in the win over Fresno State last Saturday with just nine points and six rebounds (with three turnovers) in 30 minutes at San Jose State. When he starts to pile up the double-doubles in consecutive games, that’s when this Wolf Pack team will take off.
7. Marqueze Coleman recovered from two sub-par outings (for him) against Air Force and Fresno to score 15 points with eight rebounds and three steals against San Jose State. Coleman, who went over 1,000 career points on Wednesday, had just 15 points and five boards combined against Air Force and Fresno.
8. D.J. Fenner scored 16 points against San Jose State and now has 58 points in the last three games combined. It is his best three-game scoring stretch of the year. These last three games for Fenner are coming off a 5-point effort at Colorado State.
9. The Pack was just 13-of-23 from the free throw line. Their .565 percentage from the line is their lowest of the year. Last year they had just three games lower than .565.
10. The Pack is suffocating teams on defense. The Wolf Pack has held its last four opponents (Colorado State, Air Force, Fresno State and San Jose State) to a shooting percentage of just 34 percent The last three opponents have made exactly 20 field goals each. It is the first time the Wolf Pack has held three consecutive opponents to 20 or fewer field goals in a game this season.