Sessions sits out of exhibition
Appeal Sports Writer
RENO – The Pack played without sophomore guard Ramon Sessions, who re-aggravated a hip injury during the afternoon shootaround prior to Saturday’s 78-72 win over Humboldt State.
Coach Mark Fox kept him out as a precautionary measure, starting Kyle Shiloh (6 points, 4 assist, block, 6 turnovers and steal) in his place.
“He could have played tonight,” Fox said. “I didn’t want to risk re-injuring it. He was not happy about it (not playing).”
Fox expects Sessions to return in time for Saturday’s opener at home against Sacramento State.
Lyndale Burleson played 26 minutes. He hit two crucial free throws down the stretch and dished out five assists.
MO IS MARVELOUS
Senior Mo Charlo enjoyed another solid floor game for the Pack.
Besides scoring 11 points, he had two assists and a steal. In the exhibition games, he’s been unselfish.
“It’s my senior year, my second year in the program, and I will do whatever it takes to help the team win,” he said. “I feel real comfortable out there.”
“I want all of them to be complete players,” Fox said. “I want them to defend, rebound, score and pass. He is starting to become a more complete player.”
The crowd of 5,205 was nearly double over last week’s game against Rockhurst, and that pleased Fazekas.
“It’s fun,” he said. “It’s a loud atmosphere when we go on a run. It’s tough when we’re on the road and people are cheering against you.”
Sacramento State returns four starters from last year’s team that went 12-16 and finished fourth in the Big Sky with an 8-6 record.
The Hornets’ top returner is Jason Harris. The Big Sky Newcomer of the Year led the team in scoring at 17 points, third-best in the conference.
The Hornets have made great strides under coach Jerome Jenkins, who has a 50-89 record.
FACTS & FIGURES
Nevada shot 58 percent from the floor, including 65.2 in the second half. That was mostly due to Kemp, who was 9 for 14, and Fazekas, who was 11 for 15 … Seth Taylor got a rare start, and hit a nice 3-pointer in the early going for his only points in his 14-minute stint … Nevada had a 40-30 rebound edge with Fazekas (11) and Kemp (8) leading Nevada. Kevin Johnson led Humboldt with 6 … Denis Ikovlev, who had a great debut against Rockhurst, struggled against Humboldt. he picked up two quick fouls in the first half and went to the bench. He finished with two points and three rebounds … Nevada is currently ranked 22nd in the AP poll and 25th in the ESPN/Coaches poll … Nevada outscored Humboldt State 20-6 in the paint and 6-3 in second-chance points. Humboldt State had a 10-8 edge in points after turnovers and a 4-3 edge in fast-break points … Fazekas is currently 13th on the all-time scoring list with 1,091. With a good season, he could move up as high as third behind Edgar Jones (1,877) and Alex Boyd (1,731). Barring any injuries or horrendous shooting slumps, he will pass Garry Hill-Thomas (1,340) and Kirk Snyder (1,404).