For the last six minutes in the Nevada's game with Seton Hall, the offense was actually playing well and the Wolf Pack had cut the lead down to 63-57, after Marqueze Coleman made two free throws to add to his 11 points he scored in the game but after DJ Fenner committed a foul, Seton Hall's Jaren Sina iced the game with his two free throws to bring the Pirate lead back to eight points. Two more free throws by Sterling Gibbs and Isaiah Whitehead made one out of two free throws to closed out the game as the Wolf Pack fell to Seton Hall 68-60 in the first round of the Paradise Jam Tournament.
The Wolf Pack never led in the game and despite the final score, the game was not even close as they were hampered by a poor performance shooting the ball on offense. Nevada only shot a paltry 37.5 percent from the field and in the first half only shot 33 percent from the field. The Wolf Pack did however shoot 83 percent from the free throw line but it was offset by the poor shooting performance on offense. This is a team that has to rely on its defense to create any semblance of offense as this continues to be a problem for the Wolf Pack early into the season.
Foul trouble was another concern for Nevada as forward AJ West picked up a pair of quick fouls and could not get settled into the game scoring only ten points and five rebounds. Kaileb Rodriguez and DJ Fenner scored six points and ten points respectively but both had four fouls while guard Micheal Perez lead all Wolf Pack scorers with 12 points. The Pirates,while only shooting 40% from the field, did get a boost from its bench as Seton Hall's bench outscored the Wolf Pack, 22-11, while Wolf Pack guard Tyron Criswell was the leading scorer off the bench with nine points.
Sterling Gibbs lead the Pirates with 15 points while forward Brandon Mobley scored 12 points for Seton Hall while Angel Delgado lead the team with nine rebounds. The Wolf Pack, who had rebounded very well in the two games against Cal Poly and Adams State, were out rebounded 39-29 by Seton Hall thus giving the Pirates second chances on offense.
The Wolf Pack will have a quick turnaround as they face the Clemson Tigers tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. PST in the second round of the Paradise Jam Tournament.