Dec. 29, 2012
RENO, Nev. (AP) - University of Nevada (9-4) senior shooting guard Malik Story scored 24 of his career-high 35 points in the second half to help the Wolf Pack to an 85-75 victory over Yale (4-8) on Friday night at Lawlor Events Center. The Pack has won a season-high five in a row to improve to 9-4 on the season while the Bulldogs fell to 4-8
Nevada led by nine points with 9:05 to play in the first half but the Bulldogs put together an 18-9 run to tie the score at 36 at halftime. The Pack shot 54.5 percent in the first half but were outrebound 24-13 and 13-2 on the offensive glass in the first period.
Yale led by five points with less than four minutes gone in the second half but Nevada put together a 22-9 run to go in front 64-56 with 7:52 to play. The Pack did not trail the rest of the game and led by 12 on the way to the 10 point victory.
The Wolf Pack scored a season-high 85 points and shot a season best 57.1 percent. Defensively the Pack held Yale to 38.6 percent shooting from the field.
Jordan Burris joined Story in double figures for Nevada finishing with 12 points and team-high seven rebounds.
Yale was led by Reno High School product Austin Morgan who finished with 20 points in his return to his hometown. Michael Grace added 17 points and Justin Sears finished with a game-high eight rebounds.
Nevada takes to the road traveling to Oregon (10-2) for 4 p.m. game with the Ducks on Monday.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
Nevada improved to 9-4 after defeating Yale (4-8) tonight. The Wolf Pack is 8-1 at home.
Nevada has won a season-high five in a row. The Wolf Pack just completed a season-high four-game homestand and went 4-0.
Senior guard Malik Story scored a career-high 35 points in tonight's victory. Story's previous high of 34 came his sophomore year in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament versus Fresno State. The 35 points is tied for the high in the Mountain West this season. He scored 24 in the second half.
Story now tops the Pack in scoring at 17.3 points per game.
Story entered the game with 199 career three-pointers made and now has 203 which are third most in school history. Terrance Green (1999-2003) is second with 209.
Jordan Burris scored in double figures for the fifth time this season finishing with 12 points. It is the fourth time he reached double figures since being inserted into the starting lineup the last six games.
Burris had seven rebounds to lead the Pack in rebounding tonight. It is a team-high fourth time he has topped the team in rebounding this season.
Fourth-year head coach David Carter won his 71st game leading the Wolf Pack. Carter is 71-43 at Nevada. The 71 wins are ninth most in school history. Trent Johnson (1999-2004) is eighth with 79 wins as head coach of the Wolf Pack.
Nevada's scored a season-high 85 points tonight.
The Wolf Pack shot a season-high 57.1 percent from the field. It is the third time the Pack shot 50 percent or better this season and second game in a row.
Yale shot 38.6 percent from the field marking the fifth time Nevada has held an opponent to less than 40 percent shooting this season. It is the fourth time in the last five games that a Pack opponent shot less than 40 percent.
After outrebounding its last three opponents by double figures the Pack were outrebounded by nine tonight, 38-29.
For the ninth time this season the Pack bench outscored its opponent, 21-18.
Deonte Burton and Story made their 80th career starts tonight. The backcourt duo has started all 80 games of their career.
All 10 Pack players that saw action scored in the game.
Nevada travels to Oregon (10-2) to play the Ducks on Monday at 4 p.m. The game will air live on the Pac-12 Sports Networks.