CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP)—Marcelus Kemp got his shot going and helped Nevada pull away from Oregon State in the second half.
Kemp scored 24 of his game-high 29 points in the second half to lead No. 24 Nevada to a 75-47 win against Oregon State on Wednesday night.
Nick Fazekas added 19 points and 18 rebounds for the Wolf Pack (2-0), who were only up by seven at the half.
Angelo Tsagarakis had 11 points and Kyle Jeffers 10 for Oregon State (2-2).
“My shot was falling and I got it going,” said Kemp, whose 24 second-half points included four 3-pointers. “My confidence got higher, so that helped me.”
Kemp scored 13 points in the first 9:35 of the second half, including a pair of layins that put Nevada ahead 36-26 with 16:33 left. Kemp’s 3-pointer with 10:25 remaining made it 49-35, and Oregon State got no closer than 14 points the rest of the way.
Kemp said he felt the need to be more aggressive offensively because of the defensive pressure put on Fazekas, the reigning two-time Western Athletic Conference player of the year.
“Lots of teams double Nick, so like all the other players we have to step up and make plays,” Kemp said.
Fazekas said he appreciates the offense Kemp brings to the team, allowing Fazekas and others to get better looks.
“Marcelus is definitely a big addition. We had him last year, but he’s playing that much better this year. He can open it up for us with his 3-point shooting and his ability to make plays.”
Nevada dominated the rebounding, 54-24. The Wolf Pack had four players with five or more rebounds.
“It was key for us to win a game defending and rebounding, because we’re not where we need to be yet offensively,” said Nevada coach Mark Fox. “Rebounding was definitely the key to the game.”
The teams traded the lead throughout the first 12 minutes of the game. Fazekas was held scoreless until 11:26 in the first half. His conventional 3-point play tied the game at 14-14.
Fazekas scored six points in a 10-2 Nevada run that put the Wolf Pack ahead 28-20 with 1:35 remaining in the half. Fazekas had 13 points and eight rebounds at halftime.
Oregon State kept it close in the first half, scoring nine points off Nevada’s 12 first-half turnovers. Josh Tarver led the Beavers in the first half with seven points.
Tarver didn’t score in the second half. Oregon State junior forwards Sasa Cuic and Marcel Jones, who combined to average more than 35 points in the Beavers’ first three games, had just three points together at halftime.
They combined for four points for the game on 1 of 19 shooting.
“This one’s on the older guys, outside of Kyle (Jeffers),” said Oregon State coach Jay John. “And, Angelo (Tsagarakis) came in and gave us some spark. Our experienced guys have to play well for us to do well.”
For the game, Nevada shot 30 of 60 from the floor while Oregon State was 18 of 62.