Feb. 9, 2013
RENO, Nev. – Trailing 61-51 with 5:32 to play the University of Nevada closed on a 23-8 run to snap a three-game losing skid defeating Air Force 74-69 tonight at Lawlor Events Center. With the victory the Wolf Pack improved to 12-11 on the season and 3-6 in Mountain West play. The Falcons dropped to 14-8 and 6-3 in conference action.
A dunk by junior forward Kevin Panzer started a 5-0 run that cut the Falcons advantage to five with 4:24 to play. Air Force pushed it back to seven points with 2:23 remaining in the game before junior point guard Deonte Burton took control scoring the next seven Pack points to just one free throw by AF to close the gap to a single point 67-66 at the 1:05 mark. Freshman Marqueze Coleman’s steal on the next Falcon possession led to a breakaway layup and free throw after being fouled to put the Pack in front 69-67 with 31 seconds to play.
Air Force turned it over again and Nevada made five-of-six free throws in the final 19 seconds to seal the victory. After trailing by seven points the Pack outscored the Falcons 15-3 in the final 2:32 of the game.
Burton scored a game-high 22 points, 18 in the second half. His backcourt running mate Malik Story was held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season but scored 16 points in the second half. Story made a pair of three points to set the school record for career three-pointers made with 228. Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) was the holder of the record with 227. Panzer scored 10 points and grabbed a game and career-high 14 rebounds to record his first career double-double.
Mike Fitzgerald led AF with 17 points, Taylor Broekhuis added 13 and Michael Lyons was the third Falcon in double figures with 10. DeLovell Earls led AF with nine rebounds.
Nevada shot 42 percent in the game and AF 49. The Pack dominated the glass outrebounding the Falcons 40-27, 14-4 on the offensive glass.
The Pack next plays at Wyoming (16-7, 2-7 MW) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT. The Cowboys lost at Boise State 68-61 tonight.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
Nevada is 12-11, 3-6 in the Mountain West after defeating Air Force (14-8, 5-4 MW) 74-69 tonight. The Wolf Pack is 10-4 at home, 2-3 in MW home games.
Trailing by 10 points with 5:32 to play the Pack closed the game on a 23-8 run.
The win snapped a three-game losing skid. Twice this season Nevada had lost a season-high three in a row.
Malik Story scored all 16 of his points in the second half. Story made two 3-pointers to set the school record with 228 career made three-pointers. Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) had the record of 227.
Story has scored in double figures 17 times this season and 69 times in his career.
Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double with 10 points and a career-high 14 rebounds. The 14 rebounds was a game high and is the fourth time Panzer led the Pack in rebounding this season. The 10 points is his second double figure scoring game of the year and the first since game two of the season versus Cal State Fullerton when he scored a career-high 18.
Junior point guard Deonte Burton scored a game-high 22 points with 18 coming in the second half. He tops the Pack with nine times scoring a game-high this season, 13 times leading the team in scoring, eight 20 points games and 19 times scoring in double figures. He has scored in double figures a team-high 10 games in a row. In all nine MW games he has scored in double figures with four being 20 plus point games.
Burton moved past Luke Babbitt (2008-10) into 13th on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,329 points. Story is 12th with 1,335 points.
Burton and Story have started all 90 games of their careers in the Pack backcourt.
Nevada outrebounded Air Force 40-27, 14-4 on the offensive glass. It is the fifth time the Pack outrebounded an opponent by double figures.
Fourth-year head coach David Carter is 74-50 at Nevada.
Nevada travels to Wyoming to play the Cowboys on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT.