Dec. 12, 2012
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada (6-4) men's basketball team never trailed in defeating Cal Poly (3-4) 69-56 tonight at Lawlor Events Center. Senior shooting guard Malik Story made all five of his three-point attempts in the first half and finished the night with a game-high 19 points to help the Wolf Pack improve to 6-4. The Mustangs fell to 3-4 after seven games.
The Pack built the lead to double figures for the first time on Story's three-pointer, 31-19 with 4:29 to go in the first half. Cole Huff's three-point put the Pack up 40-25 at halftime.
A 14-5 run by Nevada to start the second half and the Pack were in front by 24, 54-30. Devonte Elliott's free throws with 6:47 remaining on the clock and Nevada had its largest advantage of the night leading the Mustangs 61-36. Nevada held an 18-point lead with just under three minutes to play and went on to win by 13 in the first of four in a row at home.
Jordan Burris joined Story in double figures for the Pack finishing with 13 points. Jerry Evans, Jr. grabbed a game and career-high 14 rebounds off the bench and just missed a double-double finishing with eight points. Nine of the 13 Pack players who saw action scored in the game.
Dylan Royer scored 13 points for CP and Brian Bennett added 10. Chris Eversley and Jamal Johnson had five rebounds each to top the Mustangs.
Nevada shot 45.1 percent and held CP to 32.8 shooting from the field. The 56 points and 32.8 percent shooting is the low by a Pack opponent this season. The Pack dominated the glass outrebounding the Mustangs by a season-high 16, 47-31.
San Francisco (5-2) comes to Lawlor Events Center on Saturday for a 3 p.m. contest.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
Nevada improved to 6-4 after defeating Cal Poly (3-4) 69-56 tonight.
Nevada has won its last two games and improved to 5-1 at home.
Nevada's fourth-year head coach David Carter is now 68-43 at Nevada. The 68 wins are ninth most in school history.
Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. had a career-high 14 rebounds and was two points shy of a double-double finishing with eight. It is the first double figure rebounding game for a Wolf Pack player this season.
Malik Story scored a game-high 19 points, making seven-of-12 shots from the field. Story made all five of his three-point attempts in the first half and finished the night five-of-seven from behind the arc.
Story led the Pack in scoring for the fourth time this season and posted a game-high for the third time this year. He has scored in double figures in the last seven games.
Cal Poly's 56 points was the low by a Pack opponent this season.
Nevada outrebounded the Mustangs by a season-high 16, 47-31.
Deonte Burton was held scoreless in the first half for the first time this season. He finished the night with four points, his lowest scoring game since the CSU Bakersfield game last season when he also had four. In the Portland game last year he finished with two points.
Burton had his streak of eight consecutive double figure scoring games snapped.
Jordan Burris finished with 13 points and scored in double figures for the third time in the last five games.
After tonight's game Story moved into 18th place on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,127 points. Burton is 17th with 1,138.
Burton and Story have started all 77 games of their Nevada careers.
Nevada's bench outscored the Mustangs 21-19. It was the sixth time the Pack's bench outscored an opponent.
Nevada hosts San Francisco (5-2) on Saturday at 3 p.m.