Nov. 30, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (4-3) men's basketball team lost for the first time at home this season falling 76-66 to Drake (3-3) in a Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge game tonight at Lawlor Events Center. With the loss the Wolf Pack stands at 4-3 on the season while the Bulldogs improved to 3-3. The Pack is 4-1 in Reno.
The two teams battled back-and-forth in the first half as there were seven ties and six lead changes. The Pack's largest advantage was four points at the 11:08 mark of the first half. Nevada led for the last time 20-19 with 9:30 to play in the first half. DU led 45-37 but a Devonte Elliott dunk on the final shot of the first half made the score 45-39 at the break.
Pack forward Kevin Panzer's three-pointer to start the second period closed the gap to three but Nevada would get no closer. DU largest lead of 15 came with just 4:44 left on the clock, 73-58. Back-to-back three-pointers by Jerry Evans, Jr. and Malik Story closed the gap to nine, 73-64. The Bulldogs scored the next three points and built the advantage back to 12 and settled for the 76-66 victory.
Story finished with a game-high 19 points and Deonte Burton added 12. Jordan Burris grabbed a team-high six rebounds off the bench and added six points.
Five DU players scored in double figures led by Richard Carter's 16. Jordan Clark (15), Seth VanDeest (14), Ben Simons (11) and Jeremy Jeffers (11) were the other four Bulldog players in double figures. Carter had a game-high seven rebounds.
The Pack shot 41.2 percent while the Bulldogs were slightly better at 44.6. DU connected on 45 percent of its shots from behind the arc making nine-of-20 shots. Nevada also attempted 20 three-pointers but made just six, 30 percent. On the glass DU held a 36-30 advantage, 10-5 on offensive rebounds.
Nevada's next game is at Pacific on Tuesday at 7 p.m.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
Nevada fell to 4-3 after dropping a 76-66 contest to Drake (3-3) in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge tonight.
The Wolf Pack is 4-1 at home dropping a home game for the first time at Lawlor Events Center this season.
Fourth-year Wolf Pack head coach David Carter is now 66-42 at Nevada. The 66 wins are ninth most in school history.
Senior Malik Story finished with a game-high 19 points with 13 coming in the first half. It was his fourth consecutive double figure game but the first time in those four games he did not score 20 or more points.
Junior point guard Deonte Burton finished with 12 points giving him six consecutive double figure games.
Story moved past Burton into 19th place on the Pack's career scoring list with 1,081 points. Burton has 1,080 points to rank 20th.
Story moved past Jerry Hogan (1990-94) into third on Nevada's career three-pointers made list with 187 and attempted, 468.
Nevada's bench outscored Drake 20-14. It was the fourth time this season the Pack has outscored an opponent bench.
Drake had 28 points in the paint compared to 12 for the Pack. The Bulldogs had 14 second chance points and Nevada none.
Nevada plays its next two games on the road at Pacific on Tuesday, Dec. 4 and at Washington on Saturday, Dec. 8.