Shiloh expected to play

RENO - Senior guard Kyle Shiloh, who twisted his ankle in the latter stages of the second half in Thursday night's loss to Utah State, will play tonight against New Mexico State.

Shiloh was guarding Utah State's Jaycee Carroll, who was driving to the basket. On replays, Shiloh appeared to fall backwards under the basket as Carroll banked a shot in.

Shiloh was slow to get up. He needed help to leave the floor. Trainer Shelly Germann immediately iced the ankle.

"It's a little swollen; not too bad," Shiloh said Friday afternoon. "I'll be ready by tomorrow (actually today).

"I'm not sure (if I stepped on somebody's foot). I landed kind of awkwardly and it swelled up. There were a lot of people there. I'll be ready to go."

Nevada coach Mark Fox kept Shiloh out of Friday's practice, but expects him to see some action tonight.

"He'd tell you he could play even if he had a broken leg," Fox said.


Nevada officials are planning a whiteout for tonight's game, which is what New Mexico State did for its game earlier this season against the Wolf Pack.

When Nevada players entered Lawlor Arena on Friday, they were greeted to white T-shirts on every seat in the arena.

"It's a new thing (here)," All American forward Nick Fazekas said. "It's something people have done around the country. Hopefully everybody will follow through and wear them."

"It's fun for the community," Fox said. "It's a way to unite everybody."

Fox said he's appreciated the crowds this season, and no doubt he'd like the same electricity in Lawlor tonight that was prevalent during the BracketBuster game against Northern Iowa.


The Associated Press story indicated that Fox made contact with one of the officials after being whistled for a technical foul late in the second half after Fazekas was called for an offensive foul.

Fox said after the game that he deserved the technical, and that he was trying to get one.

The league office said Friday morning that no action would be taken against the Nevada coach.


New Mexico State is 6-6 away from the Pan American Center, and the Aggies' numbers are lower in several categories.

NMSU scores nine less points a game on the road (82.5 to 73.4), shoots .47 less (.500 to .453) from the floor, shoots .59 less from the line (.675 compared to .616) and outrebounds opponents by 2.9 on the road compared to 6.0 at home.


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