Criswell and Oliver Lead Surging Wolf Pack into CBI Semifinals
RENO, Nev. - Tyron Criswell scored a career-high 32 points and Cameron Oliver added a career-best 28 as the Nevada basketball team raced to an 85-70 quarterfinal win over Eastern Washington. An electric crowd of 6,053 saw the Wolf Pack advance to the College Basketball Invitational semifinals, a matchup against Vermont on Wednesday night at Lawlor.
Oliver ripped down 14 rebounds to notch the ninth double-double his stellar freshman season. Oliver had four blocks to extend his freshman record to 84 blocks on the year, which is third most on Nevada's single-season charts. Ju
nior D.J. Fenner had a strong all-around night, finishing with nine points, nine assists and six rebounds for Nevada, which improved to 21-13 overall. Eastern Washington saw it's season come to a close at 18-16 overall. Felix Von Hofe led EWU with 20 points while Austin McBroom added
After a high-scoring and fast-paced first half, which saw EWU take a 45-43 lead, Nevada clamped down defensively in the second half. The Wolf Pack outscored the Eagles 42-25 in the second half to get the win.
McBroom is fourth nationally with 3.5 made three-point field goals per game, but the Pack locked him down, especially in the second half. McBroom hit just one three-pointer in the game and was held scoreless in the final 20 minutes.
Senior guard Marqueze Coleman, who suffered a severe ankle sprain nearly a month ago and missed the final three regular season games, played 15 minutes in the victory, his first action in nearly two weeks.
Criswell's previous career best was 26 points, set earlier this season against Fresno Pacific. He hit a career-high four three-pointers en route to 32 points while pulling down four rebounds and handing out three assists.
Oliver had 16 at halftime to lead the Pack and finished with fantastic stat line: 12-of-15 shooting, including 2-of-4 from three-point range, 2-of-2 from the line, 14 rebounds and four blocks.