Nov. 18, 2012
RENO, Nev. – University of Nevada (3-1) senior Malik Story scored a season-high 25 points as the Wolf Pack defeated Southern Utah (0-4) 79-61 to win the World Vision Classic today. The Pack went 3-0 in the three-day event and is 3-1 on the season. The Thunderbirds fell to 0-4.
Leading 55-54 with 8:37 to play Nevada went on a 20-4 run with Story scoring the last 12 points of the offensive explosion to put the Pack up 75-58. In three consecutive trips down the floor he hit three-pointers. Story was eight-of-13 from the field including three-of-five from behind the arc and six-of-eight at the free throw line to account his 25 points. The 25 points is the high by a Pack player this year surpassing his 21 in the season opening loss at UC Irvine.
At the 12:20 mark of the second half Story’s free throw made him the 24th player in school history to reach 1,000 points in a career. It came one day after Deonte Burton accomplished the feat with his game winning three-pointer.
The Pack trailed by as many as eight points in the second half and looked sluggish after winning close games over Cal State Fullerton (80-77) and Green Bay (71-69) in the first two games of the classic. The Pack’s depth proved to be the difference as both teams were in foul trouble combining for 52 fouls in the game. Nevada got 29 points from its bench today compared to 15 for the Thunderbirds.
For the first time this season Nevada had four players score in double figures. After Story’s 25, Burton added 14, Cole Huff 11 and for the first time Ali Fall reached double figures with 10. Huff and Fall grabbed five rebounds each for the Pack.
Damon Heuir led SUU with 14 points. Julian Scott contributed 13 points off the bench and Wade Collie finished with 11.
Nevada shot a season-high 46. 8 percent and SUU shot 42.9. The Pack were outrebounded 33-29.
The Pack travels east to play at Marshall on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.
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Nevada (3-1) won its third game in a row defeating Southern Utah (0-4) 79-61 on Sunday.
The Wolf Pack went 3-0 to win the World Vision Classic.
Malik Story became the 24th player to score 1,000 career points. Story reached the mark one day after teammate Deonte Burton scored his 1,000 point in Nevada’s 71-69 victory over Green Bay.
Story’s 25 points today is the high by a Pack player this year, surpassing his 21 in the season opener at UC Irvine.
Fourth-year Wolf Pack head coach David Carter is now 65-40 at Nevada. The 65 wins tied Jim Carrey (1976-80) for ninth most wins in school history by a Pack men’s basketball coach.
The Pack is 3-1 to start the season for the first time under Carter.
Junior college transfer Ali Fall scored in double figures for the first time finishing with 10.
For the second time this season freshman Cole Huff reached double figures. Huff had 11 today and against Cal State Fullerton on Friday.
Nevada’s bench outscored Southern Utah 29-15.
For the first time this season Nevada had four players score in double figures; Story (25), Burton (14), Huff (11) and Fall (10).
Story and Burton have started all 71 games of their Wolf Pack careers.
Jerry Evans, Jr. has started the last 53 games and 59 in his career.
Story has 176 career three-pointers which is fourth most at Nevada.
The score was tied five times and there were eight lead changes in the game.
Nevada plays at Marshall on Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.