Sophomore JaVale McGee turned in 29 points and 11 rebounds and true freshman Armon Johnson added 22 points as Nevada turned in an 80-73 exhibition victory over Seattle Pacific on Saturday afternoon at Lawlor Events Center.
After Seattle Pacific pulled within one point to 13-12 with 12:30 to play in the first half, Johnson scored four consecutive points and McGee knocked down a three-pointer and slammed down a dunk to give Nevada a 22-12 lead with 8:33 left. The Wolf Pack led by as many as 12 points in the first half, but the Falcons ended the half on a 10-4 run to cut the Nevada lead to 36-30 at the half.
Seattle Pacific scored 15 of the first 21 points of the second half to take its only lead of the contest, 45-42, with 13:34 left. Johnson and McGee combined to score Nevada’s next nine points and give the Wolf Pack the lead for good.
The Falcons got within one point, 55-54, with 8:55 to play, but the Wolf Pack answered with a 6-0 run to rebuild its lead and secure the victory.
McGee led all players with 29 points and 11 rebounds and made 13 of 16 field goal attempts. In addition to his 22 points, Johnson led the team with eight assists and had just two turnovers. Seniors Demarshay Johnson and David Ellis each added nine points, while Johnson was second on the team with seven boards.
True freshmen Armon Johnson and Malik Cooke and sophomore Ray Kraemer made their collegiate debuts today, while senior Demarshay Johnson returned to the court for the first time since 2005-06 after redshirting last season.
The Wolf Pack opens the regular season next week, traveling to Orlando, Fla., to take on the University of Central Florida on Sunday, Nov. 11 and Anaheim, Calif., to take on UC Irvine on Tuesday, Nov. 13 at the Anaheim Convention Center.