Nevada beats Valparaiso, advances to Paradise Jam finals

Nisre Zouzoua
Nevada advanced to the Paradise Jam Finals with a win over Valparaiso on Sunday. Mike Smyth/ Tahoe Onstage file photo

Nevada basketball advanced to the Paradise Jam Finals on Sunday with an 84-59 victory over Valparaiso at St. Thomas in the Virgin Islands.

The Wolf Pack will face the winner of the Bowling Green vs. Cincinnati game on Monday at 5 p.m.

Nevada shot 51 percent from the field and 43 percent from 3-point range. Jalen Harris, Nisré Zouzoua, Jazz Johnson and Lindsey Drew combined to score 66 points on 25-of-44 shooting.

Harris scored a game-high 25 points on 9-of-15 shooting. Zouzoua added 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from 3-point range. Johnson scored 16 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range. Drew chipped in with 10 points and five rebounds.

Valparaiso shot just 38 percent from the field with 17 turnovers. Nevada held the Crusaders to 28 points in the second half.

Nevada jumped out to a commanding 49-31 first half lead. The Pack nailed eight 3-pointers to build a double-digit lead for most of the contest.

The Pack outscored Valparaiso 35-28 in the second half to cruise on to the championship round.

Nevada (4-3) returns to Lawlor Events Center in Reno on Dec. 4 against Santa Clara University.

— Isaiah Burrows

About Isaiah Burrows

Tahoe Onstage sportswriter Isaiah Burrows also is a general assignment reporter for, an online news source in Carson City. He is a journalism major at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he writes sports for the Sagebrush student newspaper. He is the Reno Aces beat writer for Tahoe Onstage.

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