LOS ANGELES, CA- No. 5 Nevada utilized a dominant 24-point, 11-rebound performance from 6-foot-7, 230-pound senior forward Jordan Caroline to dominate USC in Los Angeles, 73-61. Nevada outscored USC 39-26 throughout the second period to stay unbeaten and seal their eighth win of the season.
Wolf Pack Senior forward Tre’Shawn Thurman shot 60 percent from the field and scored 14 points. Senior twins Caleb (12 points) and Cody Martin (8 points) limited the Nevada offense to 11 turnovers. Junior guard Jazz Johnson shot 50 percent from 3 and scored 9 points off the Wolf Pack bench.
Nick Rakocevic, the nation’s sixth leading rebounder (11.7 rebounds per game), poured in 20 points and finished with 12 rebounds. USC redshirt senior guard Shaqquan Aaron contributed 9 points. The Trojans starting backcourt of Jonah Mathews (7 points) and Derryck Thornton (10 points) combined for five assists.
“It was a tough game for us in the second half tonight,” USC head coach Andy Enfield said. He added, “But, give Nevada credit. They came out in the second half and played exceptional basketball.”
Nevada’s Trey Porter scored his first 2 points of the afternoon to open up second half scoring. Caroline scored in the paint and Caleb Martin splashed a 3-pointer to swing momentum and give Nevada a 41-35 lead two minutes into the second half.
Rakocevic said, “Defensively we just had too many breakdowns. [Nevada] got open shots and we weren’t boxing out. It’s the little things.”
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