Bowles Ties Career-High With 22 Points In Loss

Bowles Ties Career-High With 22 Points In Loss

Pacific Courtside postgame report, Nevada

RENO, Nev. - Nevada shot 50 percent from 3 in the second half to overcome a four-point deficit and defeat Pacific, 77-67, Tuesday evening at the Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack Nevada defeat the Tigers in back-to-back seasons for the first time since 2005 and 2006.

Pacific (2-3), which entered Tuesday tops in the West Coast Conference (WCC) in offensive rebounding, outrebounded Nevada (6-2) 41-37 overall, including 16-9 on the offensive glass, and outscored the Wolf Pack in the paint 32-16.

Marcus Marshall and Cameron Oliver each scored 17 points in the win. Fifteen of Marshall's 17 came in the second half, while Oliver scored 12 in the final 20 minutes. Marshall was 9-of-11 from the free throw line, as the Wolf Pack finished 22-of-30 from the charity stripe, including 16-of-22 after halftime.

D.J. Fenner scored 11 points for Nevada, while Jordan Caroline pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds. 

Ray Bowles led four double-figure Pacific scorers while matching a career-high in points with 22, with 18 coming after the break. He shot 7-of-13 from the floor in the second half and 3-of-6 from deep. Bowles previously scored 22 against Cal State Fullerton on Nov. 17, 2015.

Pacific's Jack Williams finished with 15 points, while T.J. Wallace and Tonko Vuko added 12 and 10, respectively.

Wallace has now scored 965 career points, 35 shy of becoming the 27th member of the program's 1,000-point club.

Williams pulled down eight rebounds. Bowles and Vuko each grabbed seven.

Nevada opened the game 3-of-10 shooting, while Pacific was just 1-of-11. Despite trailing by five early, the Tigers defense began to kick in, drawing two offensive fouls and allowing only one point in a four-minute span.

Playing its first contest outside the Golden State in 279 days, Pacific answered with an 8-1 run and took its first lead, 10-8, following a Bowles jumper.

Each team (Nevada 13, Pacific 12) scored nearly as many points in a five-minute span late in the first half as the first 13 minutes (Nevada 14, Pacific 12).

In a first half that featured two ties and five lead changes, neither team found rhythm offensively in the first 20 minutes, as Pacific shot just 31.4 percent (11-of-35), while Nevada was 37 percent (10-of-27) from the floor. 

Pacific tied the game at 39 five minutes into the second half after Bowles converted a fastbreak layup which turned into a 3-point play. Williams' second trey of the night gave the Tigers a 42-39 edge 30 seconds later. 

A Bowles bucket from deep made the score 45-42 in favor of the Tigers at the 13 minute mark. The Tigers' lead was as much as four midway through the period after Bowles' seventh bucket and second 3-pointer of the contest, but Nevada countered with a 9-0 spurt that turned into a 23-5 run to pull away in the final 10 minutes.

Nevada shot 42.3 percent (22-of-52) from the floor and 44 percent (11-of-25) from 3-point land.

Pacific was 38 percent (27-of-71) from the field and 34.8 percent (8-of-23) from beyond the arc, extending its streak of consecutive games with at least one 3-pointer made to 890.

The Tigers, which entered Tuesday second in the WCC in free throws attempted and made, shot a season-low five attempts but were perfect from the line.

Pacific returns to the Spanos Center on Thursday to host Big Sky Conference member Sacramento State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. PT.