By Manny Nunez
As Mountain West favorites yet again, the Nevada Wolfpack closed out their non conference schedule with a date against San Francisco during the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic and dropped a 66-64 decision to the improving Dons.
“I thought we just dug too big a hole to really open up the game,” Nevada coach Eric Musselman said. “At halftime, I thought even if we played well it was going to be a tight game, and that’s what happened.”
San Francisco led for the entire first half, but in the end, a late three by Frankie Ferrari gave USF a not-so-surprising upset to Nevada, 66-64. The Ferrari three was in transition after Lindsey Drew tried to save the ball from going out of bounds and threw an errant pass to Kendall Stephens, who dove over the scorer’s table in trying to save the basketball.
“There will be bad games like the one we had tonight,” Wolfpack head coach Eric Musselman said. “The Dons are a great team, but we just had to make up for a lot of bad plays and sloppy defense to get ourselves back in the game.”
Nevada had to play catch up trailing early in the first half and needed a lot of help from their big front. USF fought off a few big runs and allowed themselves to beat themselves up physically inside. Nevada, this season, has already set a school record for pre-conference wins with 11
Nevada’s recognition in the preseason has been more than just a motivation as they set another school record, winning their first eight games as they are currently are in the top 10 in the RPI rankings, and the Wolf Pack has broken into the AP Top 25 poll for the first time in 10 years. Five times this season the Wolfpack have made 10 or more three pointers, nine of which came in their double digit wins.
“We have a few days to regroup,” Musselman said as the Wolf Pack open at Fresno State this week, “I am not really looking forward to Fresno State right now. We just need to re gather ourselves and mentally be ready because our next game is a short turnaround.”
Chase Foster led five Dons in double figures with 21 points while Caleb Martin led the Wolf Pack with 14.