26 Th11 2021 | 03:35
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Desmond Cambridge Jr. and Grant Sherfield led Nevada back into the win column Tuesday, as the Pack rolled to an 88-69 win over George Mason on the second day of the Mammoth Sports Construction Crossover Classic.
The Pack (2-4) closes its trip to Sioux Falls, S.D., Wednesday, taking on Washington at 4 p.m. PT on ESPN+.
The pair combined to score 52 of Nevada’s 88 points, with Sherfield leading the team with a career-high 31 on 11-of-17 shooting. Cambridge Jr. finished with 21.
More importantly, Cambridge Jr. and Sherfield came up with big shots whenever George Mason threatened the Pack lead.
The Patriots (4-3) erased a seven-point Pack lead to tie it at 38-38 early in the second half, before triples from Sherfield and Cambridge Jr. sandwiched a D’Shawn Schwartz bucket to get the Nevada lead to 44-40. George Mason would again get within a possession, at 46-43 with 15 minutes to go, but Cambridge Jr. set up a key triple from Kenan Blackshear to give the Pack some cushion. Sherfield and Cambridge Jr. then added buckets to get Nevada back up eight at 53-45.
George Mason got close one final time before it was the Pack bench which blew the game open. After Davonte Gaines’ free throws again brought the Patriots within a possession, at 53-50 with 11:38 to play, the Pack got a jumper from Alem Huseinovic, who scored a career-high eight points off the bench, and a 3-pointer from Will Baker to push the lead back to eight at 58-50.
Sherfield followed with a three-point play, and a pair of free throws from Daniel Foster had the Pack in control, 63-50, with just over nine minutes to play. The lead would not dip under double digits the rest of the night.
Gaines led George Mason with 17 points, going 8-for-10 from the line. Josh Oduro (15 points) and DeVon Cooper (13) were also in double digits. The Pack defense held the Patriots to an opponent season-low 37.5 percent from the field Tuesday.
The Pack lead swelled to as many as 18 points at 72-54 with 7:40 to go, following Blackshear’s second triple of the night. Blackshear finished the night with 12 points, his highest in a Nevada uniform, while Foster added six off the bench.
On the night, the Pack bench contributed 26 points on 50.0-percent shooting, led by Blackshear’s 12.
Cambridge Jr. and Sherfield scored 18 of Nevada’s first 20 points in the contest, with Cambridge Jr. scoring eight in a 10-4 game-opening run, and Sherfield adding the Pack’s next 10. The outburst, capped by Sherfield’s 3-point play, put the Pack ahead, 20-11, at the half’s midway point.