Dec. 15, 2012
RENO, Nev. - Trailing 27-26 at halftime the University of Nevada (7-4) men's basketball team outscored San Francisco (5-3) by nine points in the second half to defeat the Dons 59-51. The victory was the third in a row for the Wolf Pack as they improved to 7-4 while USF has lost two in a row for the first time this season to fall to 5-3.
The first half went back-and-forth with 12 lead changes and five ties. Both teams held three-point leads in the first period but were separated by just one point at the break.
Malik Story scored the first bucket of the second half to put the Pack ahead to stay. A 23-7 run to begin the second period gave Nevada a 15-point advantage with 7:36 to play in the game. The Dons responded by scoring the next seven points as part of 15-2 run to make it a two point margin, 51-49 with 2:41 left on the clock.
Deonte Burton scored the next three points and six of the Pack's final eight in the final 2:26 while USF could only manage one basket down the stretch as Nevada won by eight, 59-51. Burton finished with a game-high 14 points with 11 coming in the second half.
Jordan Burris was the second Pack player to score in double figures finishing with 11. It was his third double digit scoring game since being inserted to the starting lineup the last four games. Burris and Kevin Panzer led the Pack with seven rebounds each as Nevada dominated the boards 45-30.
Cole Dickerson topped USF with 11 points while Tao XU and Tim Derksen finished with 10 apiece. Dickerson had a game-high nine rebounds.
Both teams struggled from the field as Nevada shot 35.1 percent and USF 34. From behind the arc the Pack was two-of-23 and the Dons two-of-15.
In the third game of four in a row at home Nevada hosts Cal State San Marcos on Friday at 7 p.m.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
- Nevada improved to 7-4 after defeating San Francisco (5-3) 59-51 today.
- Nevada's fourth-year head coach David Carter is now 69-43 at Nevada. The 69 wins are ninth most in school history.
- The 59 points for Nevada is a season low as is the 51 by USF. The 51 points is the fewest points allowed by Nevada this season. The previous low was 56 to Cal Poly on Tuesday.
- Nevada has won three in a row for the second time this season.
- The Wolf Pack is 6-1 at home after today's victory.
- For the second game in a row Nevada held a double figure rebounding advantage 45-30. On Tuesday the Pack outrebounded Cal Poly 47-31. On the offensive backboards Nevada held a 14-7 advantage today.
- The two teams combined to go four-for-38 from behind the arc. Nevada was two-for-23 and USF two-for-15.
- Deonte Burton scored a game-high 14 points. It is seventh time he led the Pack in scoring and sixth time he posted a game-high.
- Kevin Panzer and Jordan Burris each had seven rebounds for Nevada. It was the third time that each led the team in rebound which is tied with Cole Huff for the most by a Nevada player this year.
- Burris was the other Pack player in double figures finishing with 11 points. Since being inserted into the starting lineup the last four games he has scored in double figures three times. Tuesday he totaled 13.
- For the seventh time this season the Pack bench outscored its opponent, 16-7.
- Malik Story had his streak of seven games scoring in double figures snapped finishing with seven.
- Burton and Story have started all 78 games of their Nevada careers.
- Nevada hosts Cal State San Marcos on Friday at 7 p.m.