AJ West had 15 points and nine rebounds at SJSU Wednesday night.
Jan. 2, 2014
Nevada hosts Wyoming Saturday: Nevada (6-8, 1-0 MW) hosts Wyoming (9-4, 0-0 MW) on Saturday in its first home Mountain West game of the season. The Wolf Pack opened MW play with a 62-50 victory at San José State on Wednesday. The Cowboys defeated Western State 69-52 in a nonconference tilt on Wednesday.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(6-8, 1-0 MW)
(9-4, 0-0 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
TELEVISION: ROOT Sports
Tim Neverett (play-by-play); Joe Cravens (analyst);
FREE AUDIO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/nevada.portal
RADIO: University of Nevada Radio Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and
KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: Wyoming leads the series 10-1. The Cowboys won all three meetings last season 59-48 in Reno, 68-48 in Laramie, Wyo. and ended the Pack's season at the MW Tournament in Las Vegas with an 85-81 victory.
UP NEXT: Nevada plays at UNLV on Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 6:15 p.m. The game will air on CBS Sports Network. It is a Governor's Series contest.
Wyoming Cowboys (9-4, 0-0 MW)
Series: Wyoming leads 10-1
Last meeting: The Cowboys won 85-81 on March 12, 2013 at the MW Tournament in Las Vegas.
Coach: Larry Shyatt (Loyola Univ. Maryland, 1991)
at Wyoming: 69-39 (Fifth season)
Overall: 139-123 (Ninth season)
Double figure scorers: F-Larry Nance, Jr., 6-8 (16.3 ppg), G-Riley Grabau, 6-2 (11.4 ppg), G-Josh Adams, 6-2 (11.1 ppg)
Leading rebounders: F-Larry Nance, Jr., 6-8 (9.4 rpg), F-Derek Cooke, Jr., 6-9 (7.2 rpg)
Assist leaders: G-Riley Grabau, 6-2 (2.5 apg), G-Josh Adams, 6-2 (2.3 apg)
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
- Nevada's 12-point victory, 62-50 at San Jose State is the Wolf Pack's first double digit victory of the season. The Pack's 1-0 Mountain West record marks the first time Nevada has a winning record in the conference after going 3-13 last year.
- The 50 points scored by San Jose State is low point total for a Pack opponent this season as are the 17 field goals made and 34.7 shooting percentage. The 50 points was the low scored by the Spartans this season.
- The Pack made just 1-of-12 three points at San Jose State. The one three-pointer made is the team's season low.
- Seven times this season Nevada has won the rebound battle, five coming in the last six games which includes the last three. The Pack is 5-2 when outrebounding its opponent.
- In all six victories this season, Nevada trailed at halftime.
- Nevada is 4-4 away from Reno this season, 4-2 in road games and 0-2 on neutral courts. Last year the Pack won just two games away from Reno. They were 2-11 in 13 true road games and 2-12 away from Lawlor Events Center.
- Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.
- The Pack is 3-4 in games decided by five points or less. Five games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-2 in those contests. The Pack is 1-1 in overtime.
- Four Nevada players average double figure points; Deonte Burton (22.2), Jerry Evans, Jr. (14.8), Michael Perez (12) and Cole Huff (10).
- Burton averages 39.1 minutes per game to lead NCAA I. He has played every minute in the last five games which includes all 45 in the overtime game with Long Beach State. In the last six games he has played 249-of-250 possible minutes, getting one minute of rest in the overtime game at UC Davis. Six times he has played the entire game this season.
- Burton's 22.5 points per game leads the MW and ranks 10th nationally.
- Burton scored his 1,700th point in the Omaha game and his current 1,770 points ranks fourth in school history. Edgar Jones (1975-79) is third with 1,877 points.
- Burton has scored 18 or more points in all 14 games this season. The season-low 18 came at San Jose State. Three times he scored 19 points and totaled 20 or more points in the other 10 games. Seven times he posted game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at Bakersfield, 28 vs. Chattanooga, 19 vs. Morehead State, 26 at Cal and 18 at San Jose State.
- Evans has four career games of scoring 20 or more points in a game and all have come in the last eight games. He scored a career-high 25 points at UC Davis, had 24 vs. Omaha, 21 vs. LBSU and 20 vs. #19 UCLA. On the season he is second on the team scoring 14.8 points per game which ranks 13th in the MW.
- Evans is averaging 17.8 points, six rebounds and is shooting 53.9 (48-of-89) percent in the last eight games. From behind the arc he has made 16-of-35 attempts. Over the last six games he is averaging 19 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 58.8 (38-of-65) percent in those six games and 48.1 (13-of-27) percent from behind the arc.
- Evans career-high stretch of five consecutive double figure scoring games ended at SJSU when he totaled eight.
- Three times Evans has led the team in scoring with 25 at UCD, 24 vs. Omaha and 21 vs. LBSU. He tied Burton for the honor with 20 vs. #19 UCLA.
- Burton has the led team in scoring in 10 games and tied Jerry Evans, Jr. for the honor vs. #19 UCLA as both scored 20 points.
- Burton tied his career-high with 31 points at USF. Burton's 20 field attempted was a career best while the 11 made field goals and four 3-pointers made tied his career highs.
- Evans tops the team averaging 6.2 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high six times. He has played in 108 games and started 89 during his career.
- Evans recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds versus Long Beach State.
- Sophomore Cole Huff posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game. The 10 rebounds is a career best and he equaled it with 10 at SJSU.
- Huff scored a career-high 16 points in the Long Beach State game.
- Junior guard Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points at Cal. He also scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA. Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season. Nine times this season he has scored in double figures. Made Nevada's only 3-pointer at SJSU.
- Twice Perez led the team in rebounding with six at Cal Poly and tied for game high honors with eight at Cal. His 4.2 rebounds per game is third on the team.
- Junior AJ West has played the last three games earning two starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA. West is averaging 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds. At SJSU he was one rebound short of a double-double finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds in 30 minutes.
- Ronnie Stevens, Jr. scored 13 points and had nine rebounds at UC Davis which are both season highs. The nine rebounds was a game high. He has not played in the last four games and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after having surgery to repair a stress fracture.
- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA. Coleman has not played in the last four games and is slated to miss 2-4 weeks after having eye surgery.
- Senior forward Ali Fall has missed three of the last five games with an ankle injury. Fall scored two points at SJSU in nine minutes off the bench.
- Head coach David Carter is 80-66 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack. Carter moved past his mentor Trent Johnson's (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.
- Burton was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.
- Burton earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer.
NEVADA 1-0 IN MW PLAY: After defeating Mountain West newcomer San José State 62-50 on Wednesday, Nevada has a winning record for the first time in MW play. In year one last season, the Wolf Pack lost its first two MW games and never recovered going 3-13 to finish last in the nine-team league.
With the addition of SJSU and Utah State the league will be 11 teams this season. The nine returning members are Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State, Air Force, New Mexico, Wyoming, Boise State and Fresno State. UNM was picked in the preseason coaches poll to repeat as MW Champions. The Pack were picked to finish ninth.
EVANS RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against Long beach State. The 6-8 guard is stepping up his game in his final season. Evans has played in 108 games during his career and made 89 starts.
Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 14.8 points per game to rank second on the team and 13th in the MW. Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.4.
In 10-of-13 games Evans has scored in double figures and four times scored 20 or more points. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come in the last eight games. His first career 20-point game came versus #19 UCLA in Las Vegas. At UC Davis he scored a career-high 25 points. He posted team-highs with 24 versus Omaha and 21 against Long Beach State.
Three times he led the team in scoring at UCD, versus Omaha and against LBSU. The 20 points against UCLA tied Deonte Burton for team-high honors.
Evans is averaging 17.8 points, six rebounds and is shooting 53.9 (48-of-89) percent in the last eight games. From behind the arc he has made 16-of-35 attempts. Over the last six games he is average 19 points and 5.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 58.5 (38-of-65) percent in those six games and 48.1 (13-of-27) percent from behind the arc.
BALANCED ATTACK: Nevada uses a balanced scoring attack with four player averaging double figures. All four are starters for the Wolf Pack. Seven times this season four Wolf Pack players scored in double figures in a game; versus Pacific, at USF, against Chattanooga, versus #19 UCLA, at UC Davis, in the Iona contest and the Long Beach State game.
Senior guard Deonte Burton leads the MW and ranks 10th nationally averaging 22.2 points per game. Burton has scored 18 or more points in every game this season.
Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team and 13th in the MW scoring 14.8 points per contest. Evans has scored in double figures in 10-of-13 games played. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come in the last eight games.
Junior newcomer Michael Perez is third on the squad scoring 12 points per game. Perez has reached double figures nine times on the season.
The fourth player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 10 points per game. Huff scored a career-high 16 points versus Long Beach State and has reached double figures six times.
HUFF POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Cole Huff recorded his first career double-double and first of the season by a Pack player with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game. The 10 rebounds is a career high and he equaled it with 10 at San Jose State.
Huff made 5-of-10 shots from the field including 2-or-4 from behind the arc. He grabbed two offensive rebounds and eight defensive boards against Iona.
WEST CRACKS STARTING LINEUP: After being cleared by the NCAA to play, junior forward AJ West made his Wolf Pack debut against Iona and has started the last two games.
In his start at San Jose State, West scored 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds in 30 minutes. West scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot in 17 minutes in the Iona game. Against LBSU he scored six points, had five rebounds and blocked three shots in 24 minutes.
The 6-9 forward averaged 10.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.1 blocks his sophomore year at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
One piece of irony is that West's first game for the Pack came against another school from New Rochelle, N.Y. The Iona and Monroe College campuses are located 1.3 miles from each other.
COLEMAN AND STEVENS, JR. OUT: Bothered by eye problems throughout the season and after suffering further injury in the game at Cal, sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman will miss 2-4 weeks after having surgery.
Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. missed the Omaha game and had surgery to repair a stress fracture. Stevens is expected to also miss from 2-4 weeks.
BURTON CHASING JONES: Senior guard Deonte Burton began his senior season 10th in scoring at Nevada and after 14 games has climbed to fourth with 1,770 points. Burton is chasing Edgar Jones (1975-79) for third, who scored 1,877 points at Nevada.
In addition to scoring Burton who made his 112th consecutive start at San Jose State, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
Burton's 425 assists ranks seventh, 12 back of Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 146 steals is nine behind Curtis High's (1983-85) 155 for fifth.
His 162 three-pointers made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170. In 112 games he has attempted 471 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
In his career Burton has made 541 free throws which is second to Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) 546. In the Missouri game Burton moved past Fazekas and now has attempted a school record 715 free throws.
CARTER PASSES JOHNSON: The victory at San Jose State gave fifth-year head coach David Carter his 80th career win at Nevada which moved him past his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04) for eighth most in school history.
Carter is 80-66 at Nevada and Johnson went 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Wolf Pack. Johnson brought Carter to Nevada as an assistant coach. Pat Foster (1993-99) is seventh with 90 wins.