Brandon Fields missed his career scoring
mark by one point against New Mexico State, but the young guard
delivered what Nevada needed to secure the win.
Fields scored 21 points Thursday to lead the Wolf Pack (11-7,
3-2 Western Athletic Conference) to an 87-78 win over NMSU (10-11,
4-2 WAC) in the Pan American Center.
Fields had two 3-pointers and was 7-of-12 overall and 5-of-6
from the foul line. But the sophomore wasn't striving for personal
"I wasn't aware of the career high in points," Fields said
after the game. "We ran our offense well. We handled New Mexico
State's pressure well and we got great effort from everyone."
In the first game of the season between the WAC teams, Nevada
maintained its 11-point halftime lead to secure a road win that
could be valuable in post season standings, but Nevada coach Mark
Fox preferred to stay focused on the present.
"I wasn't thinking about any postseason," Fox said. "We're
trying to get better and we are resilient. We are a young team, but
our players stepped up and improved."
Nevada led by its largest margin - 18 points - with 4:39
remaining in the game. Despite a 19-point performance by NMSU
freshman Jahmar Young, the Aggies couldn't cut the deficit.
The Wolf Pack was anchored by four players with double digit
scoring, including Fields and freshman Armon Johnson, who finished
with 20 points. Nevada's leading scorer, Marcelus Kemp, had 17
points and teammate JaVale McGee added 12 points.
NMSU's offensive effort was led by Young and senior Justin
Hawkins, who ended the night with 18 points and seven rebounds.
"We had a challenging test, where we failed based on our
inability to rattle them offensively," Aggie coach Marvin Menzies
said. "They really played within themselves and really played
their roles. We, on the other hand, didn't match their intensity."