RENO, Nevada (AP) — Caleb Martin scored all of his 22 points in the second half and No. 7 Nevada shot 48 percent from 3-point range in an 83-61 victory over Pacific on Friday night.
Jordan Caroline scored 16 points, Tre’Shawn Thurman added 14, Jazz Johnson 12 and Cody Martin 11 for Nevada (2-0).
Anthony Townes finished with 13 points and Lafayette Dorsey added 10 for the Tigers (1-1).
Nevada had a lopsided size advantage with all of its starters standing 6-foot-7 or taller. Pacific’s tallest starter was 6-foot-7 Jahbril Price-Noel. But instead of exploiting that advantage, Nevada went to work from beyond the arc — and it worked.
The Wolf Pack shot 60 percent of its first 38 shots from 3-point range and converted 15 of 31 from long range.
That success helped the Wolf Pack maintain a lead most of the game, even with last year’s top scorer, Martin, held scoreless in the first half. Martin was also scoreless in the first half of the team’s opener on Tuesday and wound up with 21 points.
Nevada did end up exploiting its height advantage, but not before Pacific forward Zach Cameron left the game with an injury and Price-Noel fouled out with 11:41 left.
Pacific (1-1) played the majority of the second half in foul trouble. The Tigers had 28 personal fouls while Nevada had 18.
Nevada built a nine-point lead by the end of the first half and outscored Pacific 49-34 in the second half.
Pacific: The Tigers stayed in striking distance of a top 10 team, but couldn’t survive foul trouble and Nevada’s hot shooting down the stretch.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack look like a second-half team through the first two games. Nevada outscored its first two opponents 68-59 in the first half and 101-70 in the second half.
Pacific: The Tigers return to Stockton to host Stanislaus State on Tuesday
Nevada: The Wolf Pack plays game three of its four-game home stand against Little Rock on Friday.
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