Wolf Pack advances to Paradise Jam championship with 85-59 win over Valparaiso
Nevada (4-3) defeated Valparaiso (4-2) 85-59 on Sunday to advance to the championship game of the Paradise Jam being played in Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands.
The Wolf Pack faces Bowling Green (4-1) on Monday at 5 p.m. PT for the title. Bowling Green defeated Cincinnati in overtime 91-84 in Sunday’s other semifinal game.
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 TuneIn.com.
The 84 points scored is a season high.
The Pack has won its last two games by double figures. The two-game win streak equals the longest of the season.
For the second game in a row the Pack did not trail and led by 30 points with 1:36 to play.
For the first time this season Nevada had five players score in double figures led by junior Jalen Harris’ game and season-high 25 points. Harris also had games highs with six rebounds and five assists.
Harris was named the game MVP as chosen by the tournament. He was also the game MVP in Friday’s win over Fordham.
Seniors Jazz Johnson and Nizré Zouzoua finished with 16 and 15 points respectively.
Johnson tied for game honors with a career-high six rebounds in the game.
Freshman Zane Meeks scored in double figures for the first time this season netting 11 points in 21 minutes.
Another of the freshmen Zane Meeks scored a season-high six points.
Senior Lindsey Drew was the fifth player in double figures with 10 points. Drew made his 100th start for the Pack in the game.
With the victory first-year head coach Steve Alford is now nine wins from 600 in his college career. Alford is 591-301 in 29 years as a college head coach.
Today’s 25-point victory is the largest of the season for the Pack.
In the last three games at least four Pack players has scored in double figures.
All 11 players on the trip saw action in the game for the second consecutive game.