Pack opens road trip at Santa Clara

26 Th11 2021 | 03:25

Nevada (1-1) at Santa Clara (2-0)
Tuesday, Nov. 16 – 6 p.m.
Santa Clara, Calif. – Leavey Center
RENO, Nev. – Nevada (1-1) opens its first road trip of 2021-22 Tuesday night, visiting the Leavey Center to take on the Santa Clara Broncos (2-0).
Tuesday’s contest tips at 6 p.m., and will be live-streamed on the WCC Network and on The game will also be carried over the airwaves in Reno on ESPN Radio 94.5 FM and online through the Varsity Network app, with John Ramey and calling the action.
The Wolf Pack wraps the current road trip, and plays its second of five-straight on the road, Thursday night at San Francisco. The contest against the Dons will be televised on Stadium, and tip at 7:30 p.m.
Santa Clara (2-0) enters Tuesday night’s game off of an impressive 88-72 victory over Stanford last Friday. The win capped a 2-0 week for the Broncos, who opened the year with an 84-77 win over Cal State Fullerton.
Josip Vrankic scored 16 points in Friday’s win over the Cardinal, and is averaging 22.5 points and 6.0 rebounds while shooting 66.7 percent from the field over the first two games.
A big difference maker for the Broncos early on has been graduate transfer point guard PJ Pipes, formerly of Green Bay. Friday against Stanford, Pipes went for 24 points on 9-of-11 shooting, including 4-for-5 from deep. Through two games, he’s averaging 17.0 points and 5.0 assists while shooting 60.0 percent from the field.
Tuesday’s meeting will be the 64th all-time between the Wolf Pack and Broncos, with Santa Clara holding a 34-29 edge in the series. The teams last met Dec. 4, 2019, with Nevada rolling to a 98-67 victory at Lawlor Events Center.
The Pack suffered its first defeat of the young campaign last Friday, falling 75-68 at home to San Diego.
Playing without AJ Bramah and K.J. Hymes, Nevada was short-handed inside, which San Diego took advantage of with 40 points in the paint Friday.
Warren Washington fought gamely, posting the fourth double-double of his career, finishing with 18 points and 10 rebounds, including scoring eight over the Pack’s 19-3 start to the second half.
That 19-3 run over the first seven minutes, 48 seconds of the half brought the Pack even at 51-51 after trailing, 48-32, at the break. But it was short-lived, as Vladimir Pinchuk immediately responded with a layup to put San Diego back in front, 53-51, a lead which the Toreros made hold the rest of the way.
This week’s road trip features Nevada’s second and third games of the season against West Coast Conference programs in Santa Clara and San Francisco, respectively.
The Wolf Pack’s 2021-22 non-conference slate will include five matchups with the WCC, which began with Nov. 12’s 75-68 loss to San Diego. Following this week’s road trip, the Pack will round out its WCC slate at home against Pepperdine (Nov. 30) and LMU (Dec. 18).
Despite the 1-1 opening week, one bright spot for the Pack over both games was the performance of forward Warren Washington.
Washington averaged 16.5 points on 66.7-percent shooting (16-for-24), and grabbed 9.0 rebounds with 3.00 blocks a game. The Escondido, Calif., native followed up a 15-point, eight-rebounds effort in last Tuesday’s opener against Eastern Washington with his fourth-career double-double (18 points, 10 rebounds) Friday against San Diego.
Washington set career highs in field goals made (nine) and attempted (14) against San Diego, and with four blocks against Eastern Washington.
Just two games into the season and the Wolf Pack has demonstrated its depth on the scoring end, as six different players have already posted a double-digit scoring effort.
Tré Coleman became the latest member of the Pack to hit double digits, scoring 10 points with a couple of triples in the loss to San Diego. That followed an opening-night win in which five Nevada players reached double figures, led by Desmond Cambridge Jr.’s 22 points.
Last season, the Pack had just seven different players reach double digits all season.