RENO — Southern California passed its most challenging test so far this season with a 76-66 win over Nevada on Saturday night.
Nick Rakocevic scored 24 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. Daniel Utomi added 12 points and Elijah Weaver scored 11 for USC.
After Nevada took a 21-18 lead with 8:33 left in the first half, USC went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes and never trailed again.
USC’s size advantage proved too much for the Wolf Pack and its senior-laden backcourt. The Trojans (4-0) outrebounded Nevada 42-37 and outscored the Wolf Pack 42-10 in the paint.
Nevada guard Jazz Johnson scored 26 points, one shy of his career high, on 8-of-18 shooting, including 6 of 14 from beyond the arc. Lindsey Drew added 12 points.
Nevada 80, Texas-Arlington 73
RENO — Jalen Harris had 24 points and nine rebounds as Nevada held off Texas-Arlington for an 80-73 win on Tuesday night in the first meeting between the schools.
Jazz Johnson had 16 points and Nisre Zousoua came off the bench to score a career-high 16. Harris was 11 of 14 at the free throw line.
The Wolf Pack (2-1) took a 38-35 lead into the break but quickly surrendered that when Jabari Narcis drained consecutive 3-pointers to go out front 41-40. Lindsey Drew answered with a driving layup to give Nevada a 44-43 lead at the 15:37 mark. K.J. Hymes followed with a dunk for a 46-43 advantage. The Wolf Pack led the rest of the way