Junior Joey Shaw scored 25 points in his Nevada debut to lead the Wolf Pack men’s basketball team to an 89-67 victory over San Francisco State in exhibition play on Saturday night at Lawlor Events Center.
Shaw, who originally started his career at Indiana and transferred to Nevada after one season at the College of Southern Idaho, made 5-of-10 attempts from the field and 13-of-14 from the free throw line to pace four Wolf Pack players in double figures.
True freshman Luke Babbitt added 16 points, sophomore Malik Cooke had 14 and junior Ray Kraemer added 12. Cooke led the Wolf Pack in rebounding with 10 boards for a double-double, while junior Richie Phillips and Shaw each added seven.
After San Francisco State took a 16-15 lead with 11:42 to play in the first half, Nevada scored the next seven points, including a pair of free throws and a three-pointer by Shaw, to go ahead 22-16 with 10:37 to play. The Wolf Pack took a 46-25 halftime lead when senior Lyndale Burleson hit a three-pointer with one second to go in the first half.
Cooke and Shaw each had 11 points in the first half to lead the Wolf Pack.
In the second half, San Francisco State cut Nevada’s advantage to nine points, 52-43, with 13:29 to play, but the Wolf Pack rebuilt a double-digit advantage and led by as many as 26 points in the second half.
SFSU senior Will Logan led two Gators in double figures with 17 points, while Ryan Wessels added 12.
Nevada opens the regular season next week, traveling to Montana State on Saturday, Nov. 15, and to San Diego on Tuesday, Nov. 18.