Nov. 11, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. – The University of Nevada (0-1) lost its season opener for the second year in a row falling 78-64 at UC Irvine (1-0) Saturday night. With the loss the Wolf Pack is 0-1 on the season while the Anteaters start the season 1-0.
UCI jumped out to a 27-17 lead with eight minutes to play in the first half. Nevada head coach David Carter chose to press the Anteaters and closed the gap to 33-31 with just under four minutes to play in the first half. An 8-3 run by UCI increased the lead to six at halftime, 41-35.
The Anteaters began the second half on a 15-4 run and built a 19-point advantage with 12:57 to play in the game. Nevada closed to within nine points at 67-58 but would get no closer falling 78-64.
UCI dominated the glass 51-37 and the offensive backboards 21-11. The Anteaters turned the rebounding advantage into 22 second chance points while Nevada had 13.
Malik Story was the only Pack player to score in double figures finishing with a team-high 21. Junior forward Kevin Panzer grabbed nine rebounds, two off his career best.
Starters Jerry Evans, Jr. and Deonte Burton finished with eight points each. Freshman Cole Huff score nine points in his college debut and fellow freshman Marqueze Coleman contributed four.
Daman Starring led three UCI players in double figures with a career-high 25 points. Starring made all 10 of his free throw attempts in the game. Michael Wilder posted a double-double for the Anteaters with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Nevada shot 34.5 percent from the field which included going just two-of-16 from behind the arc. UCI shot slightly better at 39.4 percent and made three-of-15 from three-point range.
The Pack returns home to host the three-day World Vision Classic next weekend, Nov. 16-18 at Lawlor Events Center. Nevada takes on Cal State Fullerton on Friday at 6 p.m. and Green Bay on Saturday night at 6 p.m. Sunday has the Wolf Pack facing Southern Utah at 3:30 p.m.
2012-13 University of Nevada Basketball
Playing for the first time as a member of the Mountain West, Nevada (0-1) dropped a 78-64 decision at UC Irvine (1-0).
Nevada has lost its last two season openers.
Fourth-year Wolf Pack head coach David Carter is now 62-40 at Nevada.
Carter is 2-2 in season openers. Tonight’s game is the first time a Carter coached Wolf Pack team has opened a season away from Reno.
Nevada was outrebounded 51-37 and 21-11 on the offensive backboards.
Senior Malik Story led the way with 21 points and he now has 979 career points on his way to becoming the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 points.
Malik Story and junior Deonte Burton have started all 68 games of their Wolf Pack careers.
Jerry Evans, Jr. has started the last 50 games and 56 in his career.
Story now has 171 career three-pointers which is fourth most at Nevada.
Freshman Cole Huff (9 points) and Marqueze Coleman (4 points) combined for 13 points off the Pack bench tonight.