Fresh off winning the Paradise Jam tournament in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Nevada, 5-2, hosts Santa Clara, 8-1, at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at Lawlor Events Center in Reno. The Broncos of the West Coast Conference have won five straight games. Nevada’s won three in a row, each by double figures.
Wolf Pack junior Jalen Harris was named the Paradise Jam MVP. Harris was also selected as the game MVP in all three of the Pack’s wins. He averaged 22.3 points, six rebounds and 6.3 assists in the tournament. Senior Jazz Johnson was named the all-tournament team after averaging 19.3 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Johnson made 15-of-25 3-pointers which is 60 percent.
Santa Clara has won five in a row and won the Cable Car Classic at home last weekend with three double figure victories. Four SCU players are averaging doubles figures led by Trey Wertz’ 11.6 points per game. Guglielmo Caruso (11.3 ppg), DJ Mitchell (10.7 ppg) and Tahj Eaddy (10.3 ppg) are also averaging double figures for the Broncos. Mitchell’s 5.4 rebounds per outing tops the team.
Nevada is led by four players scoring in double figures with senior Jazz Johnson’s 18.6 points per game topping the team and it also ranks second in the Mountain West. Jalen Harris is scoring 16.1 points and grabbing a team-high 6.1 rebounds per outing. Senior Lindsey Drew is tied with Harris dishing out a team-high 4.3 assists per game and his also contributing 13.9 points per game. Senior Nisré Zouzoua is the fourth Pack player averaging double figures at 10.4 points per game.
Santa Clara leads the series 34-28. Nevada has won the last four games in the series. The Pack won the last meeting 93-63 at Santa Clara on Nov. 15, 2017.
ON THE AIR
Nevada SportsNet will carry the game with Alex Margulies providing the play-by-play and Keith Fuetsch providing the color commentary. The game will be streamed live at NevadaWolfPack.tv
The game can be heard on 94.5 FM in northern Nevada with John Ramey calling all the action and Len Stevens working as the analyst. Online the game is available at TuneIn.com