Knock the lesser tournaments all you like, but don't pretend Morehead State and Nevada don't have something big to play for Friday night.
The Nevada Wolf Pack were led by D.J. Fenner's 26 points in a 77-68 win that extended the CBI finals to a game three. Fenner went 7-12 from the floor and knocked down 10 of his 11 free throws.
Nevada had four double digit scorers with Cameron Oliver (and 11 boards for the frosh), Tyron Criswell and Marqueze Coleman, combining for 36 points.
The starting lineup didn't produce much for the Eagles. Brent Arrington put up 16 points (albeit on 20 shots) but the rest of the starters combined for just 30. Lyonell Gaines, who had been playing some of the best ball of the season as of late, posted a 6-point effort. DeJuan Marrero kicked in a healthy 13 points and 12 boards.
Though the game was relatively tight throughout the first, Morehead State spent the whole second half trying to come back but couldn't whittle away at the Pack lead.
Nevada shot 50% from the floor but benefitted from a number of statistical anomalies.
Morehead State's 1 of 16 effort from behind the arc was crippling. Nevada went 6-10 in that category and benefitted from an abundance of free throws. The Pack shot 42 total, making just 27 of them. Nevada turned the ball over 21. Bad right? While the Eagles turned it over 16 times.
Morehead's physical defensive nature, the thing that has gotten it there to this point, hurt the Eagles. If you're MSU coach Sean Woods, you take the good with the bad. Play to your strengths. Ya know. That rabble rabble. Don't expect much different from the Eagles in that respect come Friday.