Nevada dominates Colorado State at home
Colorado State men’s basketball trailed No. 7 Nevada by seven at halftime, but UNR’s dynamic lineup came through in front of its home fans in a 100-60 home victory.
Led by Jordan Caroline and the Martin twins, Caleb and Cody, Nevada’s size and athleticism wore down the Rams, and proved to be too much for a thin visiting squad to overcome, despite a decent offensive showing from CSU in the first half.
Unfortunately for Colorado State head coach Niko Medved, the Wolf Pack opened the second half with a 7-0 run and never slowed down from there as UNR outscored CSU, 58-25 in the final 20 minutes.
Caroline was the game’s leading scorer and paced the Wolf Pack with 26 points on 11-of-15 shooting. The veteran forward was dominant in the game and CSU struggled to slow him down from the start. As a result, Caroline was able to set a new season-high total for points in a single game.
Not to be outdone by Caroline, Caleb Martin had a memorable performance too. The North Carolina State transfer made a career-best six shots from 3-point range and totalled 18 points, while Cody Martin was nearly perfect from the field with 19 points on 9-of-10 shooting. When the final whistle sounded, all five Nevada starters had double-digit figures.
While CSU did not have the same offensive success as Nevada, the Rams also relied heavily on the veterans in the road loss. Senior guard J.D. Paige made his first three 3-pointers and had nine points in the first half, which helped CSU keep things close early. In total, Paige made 6-of-8 attempts from beyond the arch in what was one of his better shooting performances this season.
Alongside Paige was redshirt junior forward Nico Carvacho, who picked up the 25th double-double of his career (11 points, 14 rebounds). Carvacho continues to be a one-man wrecking crew in the paint for CSU this season, despite the team’s lack of success in the win column.
As a team, CSU made 45 percent of its 3-point attempts Wednesday night (9-of-20), which usually means good things for the Rams’ offense. However, CSU also uncharacteristically turned the basketball over 16 times. Medved will certainly look for his team to clean things up in Saturday’s home game against Fresno State.