No sand in their sneakers but Wolf Pack gets win in Paradise

Jalen Harris
Jalen Harris led Nevada with 22 points, seven assists and six rebounds Friday in the U.S. Virgin Islands. Michael Smyth / Tahoe Onstage file

It’s not necessary to be outside in the sunshine to have a fun day in the Virgin Islands. The Nevada men’s basketball team proved it on Friday when it defeated previously undefeated Fordham (3-1) 74-60 on the first day of the Paradise Jam in played in Saint Thomas

The win snapped Nevada’s two-game losing skid.

The Wolf Pack (3-3 face Valparaiso (4-1) on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

All the games of the Paradise Jam will be streamed on FloHoops for a fee.  

Alex Margulies will call the games on 94.5 FM in northern Nevada and online the broadcast can be heard at

Nevada did not trail in the game.  The Pack led by 10 points at halftime and held its largest advantage of the night of 25 points with 8:23 to play in the game.

With the victory first-year head coach Steve Alford is now 10 wins from 600 in his college career.  Alford is 590-301 in 29 years as a college head coach.

Today’s 14-point victory is the largest of the season for the Pack.

Four Nevada players scored in double figures led by junior Jalen Harris’ game-high 22 points. Harris had a complete game as he dished out a game-high seven assists and tied for game honors with six rebounds.  He committed just one turnover in 34 minutes.

Senior Jazz Johnson scored 17 points and is the only Wolf Pack player to score in double figures in every game this season.

Another of the Pack’s seniors Nizré Zouzoua scored 11 points as did redshirt freshman K.J. Hymes. 

Zouzoua has scored in double figures in the last two games and three times on the season.

For Hymes it was his first career double figure scoring game.

Freshman Zane Meeks tied Harris for game honors with six rebounds.

All 11 players on the trip saw action in the game as walk-ons Zachary Williams and Gabe Bansuelo played for the first time this year. –

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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