Harris makes history as Nevada beats San Jose State easily
Nevada (15-10, 8-5 MW) improved to 15-10 and 8-5 in Mountain West play after defeating San José State (7-17, 3-9 MW) 95-77 at Lawlor Events Center.
Nevada plays at intrastate rival UNLV (12-13, 7-5 MW) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. The game will air on ESPN3.
Jalen Harris had his fourth consecutive game of 30 or points tonight finishing with 32 in the win over SJSU. Harris is the first Nevada player to score 30 or more points in four consecutive games in the NCAA I era that begin in 1969. It was his sixth 30-point game of the season and is the first player at Nevada since Ken Green had 11 in 1982-83. The six games is the most by a MW player since Josh Adams had nine and Elijah Brown six in the 2015-16 season. He joins Ken Green (1982-83), Romie Thomas (1970-71) and Edgar Jones (1976-77) as the only Wolf Pack players with six games of 30 or more points in a season. Green had 11, Thomas eight and Jones seven.
Harris has led the Pack in scoring in 16 games, scored in double figures in the last 21 games and scored in double figures a team-high 22 times on the season. He has 14 games of 20 or more points which also leads the team.
Senior Jazz Johnson returned after missing the last two games with a shoulder injury and scored 13 points. Johnson made 3-of-7 shots from behind the arc marking his 16th game of making three or more 3s in a game this season. It was his 20 game in double figures.
Senior Lindsey Drew tied for game honors with eight rebounds. It is the 14th time Drew led the team in rebounding this season, 26th time in his career and sixth time he posted a game-high this season. He had a game-high seven assists which was the ninth time he posted a game high in assists this season. Drew is seven assists from 500 at Nevada. In the win over Air Force on Tuesday he scored his 900th point and grabbed his 600th rebound.
The win was Nevada’s 19th consecutive home Mountain West victory and the Pack is 32-2 in the last 34 home conference games.
Senior Nisré Zouzoua scored 15 points for the second game in a row. Zouzoua scored in double figures for the 13th time this season, sixth time in the last eight games and fifth time in the last six.
Freshman Kane Milling scored in double for the first time in his career at Nevada finishing with 11 points in the victory.
Nevada won the rebounding battle by 15, 45-30.
The Pack has won nine of the last 10 games from the Spartans and holds a 61-49 series advantage.
First year head coach Steve Alford is 602-308 in 29 seasons as a college head coach.