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Nevada wins statement game against TCU 88-75

Nevada heads to the Diamond Head Classic Championship.

Kenan Blackshear
Trevor Marbut, Nevada Athletics

Nevada used the mind game to push past TCU in the semifinal matchup of the Diamond Head Classic. It was a huge 88-75 win against an older, bigger team from a power conference.

Nevada got into the heads of TCU pretty quickly. With about four minutes left in the first half, TCU head coach Jamie Dixon was ejected after picking up two technical fouls. The Wolf Pack took advantage of the foul game, including 47 total fouls.

Scoring Summary

1st Half

Nevada 48 - TCU 36

2nd Half

Nevada 40 - TCU 39

Final: Nevada 88, TCU 75

Offense

It was Jarod Lucas leading the way once again. He scored a team-high 25 points, powered by shooting 13-13 from the free-throw line. The rest of the starters collected double-digits (Kenan Blackshear and Nick Davidson with 14, Daniel Foster with 13, and Tre Colman with 10.)

Nevada’s three-point shooting got better, shooting 8-17, and was much better than TCU’s 3-14 from the three. The Pack’s free-throw shooting remained dominant as they shot 28-35.

Nevada’s 48 first-half points never slowed down and led to such a big victory. As a team, Nevada shot 52 percent from the floor.

Nevada also kept its turnover levels low against a TCU squad that was top 10 in the nation in that category. The Horned Frogs only collected eight takeaways from the Wolf Pack’s offense.

Defense

Nevada’s defense has TCU frazzled all game. The Horned Frogs were limited to 24-53 shooting from the floor. They only shot 21.4 percent from the three and missed 10 of their first 11 3-point attempts to start the game.

Nevada also collected a lot of turnovers and was able to turn them into points. The Pack forced 11 turnovers against TCU which led to 21 points.

TCU made some surges throughout the game, but Nevada’s offense was able to keep up all game, which allowed the defense to do its thing. It was enough to get Dixon thrown out of the game, and I think Nevada can get used to getting under its opponent's skin.

What’s Next

Nevada will play on Christmas Eve in the Diamond Head Classic Championship. The Pack will play Georgia Tech at 6 p.m. PST. Nevada improved to 11-1 and collected a huge win against a Big 12 team, as TCU dropped to 9-2.