Nevada advances to CBI quarterfinals with 79-75 win over Montana

Written by Nevada Athletics Media Relations

RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (20-13) men's basketball team rallied from a 12-point deficit with 15:30 to play to defeat Montana (21-12) 79-75 in the first round game of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday at Lawlor Events Center.  With victory the Wolf Pack advances to the quarterfinals and will host Eastern Washington (18-15) on Monday at 7 p.m.  The Eagles defeated Pepperdine 79-72 tonight.

Trailing 54-48 junior guard D.J. Fenner scored eight consecutive points, with the last six coming on a pair of 3-pointers to tie the game at 56-56.  The Grizzlies took control once again leading 63-57 with 4:50 on the clock.

Freshman Lindsey Drew's layup, a pair of free throws by Cameron Oliver and a bucket from senior Tyron Criswell tied the game at 63.  Montana once again moved back in front by three points but Oliver's two free throws pulled the Pack within a point.  The two teams exchanged buckets and the Grizzlies held a one-point advantage 68-67.

Drew's 3-pointer with 1:35 to play put the Pack up to stay 70-68.  Nevada made all six free throw attempts in the final 1:14 and sophomore Eric Cooper, Jr. nailed a 3-pointer as the Pack prevailed 79-75.

Fenner tied his career-high and scored a game-high 24 points, 16 in the second half.  Drew scored a season-best 16 points and dished out a game-high six assists.  Oliver scored 17 points and tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds.

Nevada Men's Basketball Game Notes

  • Nevada is now 20-13 after defeating Montana (21-12) 79-75 in the first round of the College Basketball Invitational on Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.
  • The Wolf Pack will host Eastern Washington (18-15) on Monday at 7 p.m. in the CBI quarterfinals.
  • EWU defeated Pepperdine 79-72 tonight.
  • Nevada's 20 wins is the 13th, 20 win season 102 years of Wolf Pack basketball.  The last Pack team to win 20 games was the 2011-12 squad that went 28-7.
  • Head coach Eric Musselman is the third consecutive first-year head coach at Nevada to win 20 games.  Musselman joins Mark Fox (25-7, 2004-05) and David Carter (21-13, 2008-09)
  • The 20 wins is 11 more than last season when the team was 9-22.
  • Nevada improved to 12-3 at home.
  • The Pack improved to 10-4 in games decided by five points or less.
  • Junior D.J. Fenner tied his career-high with his game-high 24 points.  It was his fourth game of 24 points this season and fifth of his career.
  • Fenner made a career-high four 3-pointers.
  • Fenner scored 16 of his points in the second half.
  • Freshman Lindsey Drew scored a season-high 16 points with 14 coming in the second half.
  • It was Drew's third double figure scoring game of the season.
  • Drew dished out a team-high six assists and did not commit a turnover.
  • Freshman Cameron Oliver scored 17 points and tied for game high honors with eight rebounds.
  • Oliver led the Pack in rebounding for the 17th time and posted a game-high for the 12th time.
  • Oliver blocked two shots and now has two or more blocks in 24 games this season.
  • Oliver now has 80 blocks, one more than AJ West's 79 of last season and moves into fourth on the single season list at Nevada.
  • In the last eight games Oliver has scored in double figures.