Nevada tops Vermont for CBI Championship berth
March 23, 2016
RENO, Nev. – Cameron Oliver posted 23 points and 11 rebounds to lead Nevada to an 86-72 win over Vermont to advance to the Championship Series of the CBI.
Nevada (22-13) will face Morehead State, a 77-72 winner over Ohio earlier this evening, on Monday in Kentucky.
The Wolf Pack never trailed and led by a 37-35 score at halftime. Nevada began the second half on an 11-2 run and Vermont never got within six points after that.
D.J. Fenner netted 21 points for the Wolf Pack, who also received 20 points from Marqueze Coleman and 11 points from Tyron Criswell.
Vermont (23-14), which was making its second consecutive trip to the CBI semifinals, was led by the 19-point efforts of Trae Bell-Haynes and Ernie Duncan. Drew Urquhart added 12 points.
The three CBI wins mark the most postseason wins ever for a Nevada squad. The Wolf Pack previously won two postseason games in 2004 (NCAA) and 2012 (NIT). With 22 wins, Nevada has 13 more victories than a year ago and is the eighth most-improved team in the country. The Wolf Pack have now won four of their last five games.
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