Mustangs Battle Foul Trouble in 73-59 Loss at Nevada
RENO, Nev. (AP) -- Nick Fazekas scored 23 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to help Nevada defeat SMU 73-59 Thursday night.
Kevinn Pinkney added 16 points and Kyle Shiloh had 11 for the Wolf Pack (15-5, 8-2 Western Athletic Conference).
Eric Castro had 22 points and 10 rebounds and Bryan Hopkins scored 20 points to lead the Mustangs (9-9, 4-6 WAC). It was the third straight double-double for Castro.
Nevada took a double-digit lead with 5:29 left in the first half as Fazekas hit four consecutive free throws after SMU's Devon Pearson committed a personal foul and was assessed a technical foul. They were Pearson's third and fourth fouls. That came after Hopkins had scored eight consecutive points for SMU to get the margin within six points at 25-19. Pearson was one of five Mustangs whistled for four or more fouls in the game.
SMU wasn't able to cut the lead to single digits until Patrick Simpson hit a 3-pointer with 3:20 left in the game to make it 61-52. Simpson, also in foul trouble, was called for his fifth personal on the next defensive possession.
The Mustangs pulled within eight on a pair of free throws by Derrick Roberts, but a basket by Fazekas, two free throws by Shiloh and a three-point play by Fazekas with 1:03 left sealed the victory for the Wolf Pack. Nevada finished the game 23-of-38 on free throws.
The Wolf Pack had a 41-31 advantage on the boards. Nevada also shot 51.1 percent for the game while holding SMU to 41.1 percent.
The Mustangs play at Fresno State on Saturday at 9 p.m. CT/7 p.m. PT. The game is available on KAAM 770 AM. Then SMU has three straight at home, starting with San Jose State on Thursday Feb. 10 at 7 p.m.