Like Friday's loss to Seton Hall, the Nevada Wolf Pack were down by double digits after Clemson went on a 16-0 scoring run in the first half and went in to the locker room up 39-24. Nevada was able to cut the lead to 11 points but Clemson's Donte Grantham, who was out for much of the first half when he got hit in the face, started a nine to zero scoring run which made the score 50-30 at the 13 minute mark of the game but Nevada was able to cut the Clemson lead down to eight points with 5:12 left to play after a Michael Perez layup. But that would be as close as the Wolf Pack could get as they fall to 0-2 in the Paradise Jam tournament and will face Weber State in the losers bracket of the tournament.
The Wolf Pack showed slight improvement in their offensive game but this team is still a work in progress as the players are still adjusting to their new roles on offense. DJ Fenner lead all Wolf Pack scorers with 11 points while Marqueze Coleman scored ten points in the game. The defense, the calling card of the team so far this year, struggled to stop Clemson in the first half as the Tigers shot 56 percent in the first half but the Wolf Pack defense did improved in the second half and Clemson ended up shooting only 45 percent from the field overall. Jaron Blossomgane was the Tigers leading scorer with 13 points and six rebounds while center Landry Nnoko was the second leading scorer with ten points in the game.
With the Wolf Pack, if opposing teams are able to sustain long scoring against them, Nevada still lacks the offensive firepower or consistency to come back from large deficits and if this is not corrected, it could be a long season for the Wolf Pack.
The Wolf Pack look to try to salvage one win in the Paradise Jam Tournament as they face Weber State on Monday at 10:30 PST.
Nevada vs. Clemson final score: Wolf Pack's late rally falls short, loses 59-50 to Tigers
Nevada was down by 16 points and were able to cut the lead down to eight points but it was not enough as the Wolf Pack fell to Clemson in the second day of the Paradise Jam Tournament.