Jan. 11, 2013
#25 Wyoming at Nevada: Nevada (9-6, 0-1 MW) hosts #25 Wyoming (13-1, 0-1 MW) on Saturday at 3 p.m. The game marks the first home Mountain West contest for the Wolf Pack. The Pack lost its MW opener 78-65 at Air Force while the Cowboys lost on a last second three-pointer to Boise State 63-61 at home. The loss was the first of the season for Wyoming as they were one of the last four remaining unbeaten teams.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
#25 WYOMING COWBOYS
(13-1, 0-1 MW)
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(9-6, 0-1 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KHWG 750 AM Fallon, KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 2:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: NevadaWolfPack.tv (fee service)
SERIES HISTORY: Wyoming leads the series 7-1. The Cowboys have won the last six meetings. Wyoming is 4-1 in Reno. In the last game played on Dec. 4, 1999, Wyoming won 83-64 in Laramie, Wyo.
UP NEXT: Nevada plays at Fresno State on Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.
WYOMING COWBOYS: Wyoming (13-1, 0-1 MW) is 13-1 after suffering its first loss of the season on Wednesday 63-61 to Boise State to begin conference play. The Cowboys are led by third-year head coach Larry Shyatt who is 53-22 leading the Wyoming basketball program.
The Cowboys are led in scoring and rebounding by senior forward Leonard Washington (6-7) who averages 14.9 points and 8.5 rebounds per game. He is shooting 53.4 percent from the field and averages two blocks per game.
Senior guard Luke Martinez (6-4) is scoring 14.5 points per game but has missed the last two contests after breaking a bone in his hand. He is out indefinitely.
Another senior guard Derrious Gilmore (5-10) averages at team-high 3.1 assists per game and is scoring 12.1 points per contest. Sophomore forward Larry Nance, Jr. (6-8) is also scoring in double figures at 10.7 per game and grabs 6.9 rebounds per outing.
The Cowboys are scoring 67.9 points per game and holding opponents to 55.2, a margin of plus 12.7. From the field they shoot 46.5 percent and hold their opponents to just 40 percent shooting. From behind the arc they shoot 35.4 percent while opponents shoot 36.8 percent. On the glass they are plus 1.4 per game, 30.6 -29.2.
NEVADA DROPS MW OPENER AT AIR FORCE: AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Mike Fitzgerald scored a career-high 30 points, making four of Air Force’s 10 3-pointers, and the Falcons defeated Nevada 78-65 Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both schools.
Fitzgerald, whose previous career best was 19 points, scored 23 in the second half on Wednesday, when Air Force (9-4) opened up a 20-point lead after trailing by three at halftime. Fitzgerald was 9 of 10 from the field, made all eight of his free-throw tries and led AFA with eight rebounds.
Todd Fletcher, who matched Fitzgerald with four 3-pointers, finished with 18 points and Taylor Broekhuis had 10 points and five assists.
Deonte Burton led the Wolf Pack (9-6) with 21 points. Devonte Elliott added 12 points for Nevada.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 9-6 on the season, 8-1 at home and 1-5 on the road.
Nevada is celebrating its 100th year of basketball this season.
The Wolf Pack lost its first game in MW falling 78-65 at Air Force. The loss makes the Pack 0-5 when opening play in its last conference switches.
The Wolf Pack’s season-high five-game win streak was snapped in a 56-43 loss at Oregon on New Year’s Eve.
After winning five in a row Nevada has lost its last two.
The Pack scored a season-high 85 points in the 85-75 home victory over Yale and shot a season-best 57.1 percent.
In the next game at Oregon, Nevada scored a season-low 43 points and shot a season worst 28.1 percent.
Malik Story scored a career-high 35 points against Yale, 24 in the second half. The 35 points is tied for the top scoring game in the Mountain West this season.
In back-to-back games Nevada held its opponent to season lows in points; 56 vs. Cal Poly followed by 51 to San Francisco.
The Pack outrebounded three consecutive opponents by double figures; Cal Poly (47-31), San Francisco (45-30) and Cal State University San Marcos (44-26) before Yale outrebounded Nevada 38-29.
Jerry Evans, Jr. made his first start in eight games at Air Force and scored seven points and tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds. Evans had started 56 in a row until coming off the bench for seven games.
Evans scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State University San Marcos which tied for game-high honors. The 18 points is the first time this season that someone other than Deonte Burton or Malik Story led the Pack in scoring.
Evans grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds versus Cal Poly. The 14 rebounds is tied for the fifth best total in the MW this season. He finished with eight points leaving him two points shy of his first career double-double.
In the Cal State University San Marcos game, the Pack got a season-high 50 points off the bench. The Nevada bench has outscored its opponents 10 times on the season.
Story made his 200th career three-pointer in the Yale game and his 206 ranks third in school history, four behind Terrance Green’s (1999-03) 209.
Story and Burton rank 17th and 18th in school history with 1,196 and 1,195 points respectively. Burton (16.1 ppg) and Story (15.9 ppg) are fifth and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West.
Burton has led the Pack in scoring nine times this season and Story five.
During his eight-game double figure scoring streak, Burton scored 25 points or more in four of the final five games, including a season-high 29 at Washington.
Burton had a career-high six steals at Washington and Story a career-high eight rebounds.
Jordan Burris has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high five times.
Burton and Story have started all 82 games of their career at Nevada.
Carter, the 2012 WAC Coach of the Year, has led the Pack to postseason NIT bids in two of his three years. Last year Carter led the Pack to the Western Athletic Conference title with a 13-1 mark and a 28-7 season record. The 28 wins is the second most in school history. The Pack also tied the school record with 16 consecutive wins.
The 2011-12 Nevada squad reached the quarterfinals of the NIT before falling at Stanford. The Cardinal went on to win the NIT Championship.
THREE MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS RANKED: Nevada faces tough competition in its first year in the Mountain West as six teams are receiving national attention. In the Jan. 7, AP poll, three members of the MW are ranked and one is receiving votes. In the USA Today Coaches poll three teams are ranked and two are receiving votes.
In the AP poll San Diego State is 16th while UNLV and New Mexico are 24th and 25th respectively. Wyoming is receiving votes.
SDSU is 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and UNLV comes in at 19. Wyoming appears in the poll at 25. New Mexico and Colorado State are receiving votes.
MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS THIRD IN CONFERENCE RPI: The Mountain West has the third-best conference RPI through games of January 6, trailing the Big Ten and Big East.
Six of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 40 of the latest RPI rankings. The Big East has seven schools in the top 40. New Mexico leads the MW at No. 11, while Colorado State (20), UNLV (23) and Wyoming (24) are in the top 25. Boise State and San Diego State are 33rd and 40th respectively.
Air Force (165), Nevada (182) and Fresno State (213) round out the conference.
NEVADA 0-5 WHEN SWITCHING CONFERENCES: Nevada fell to 0-5 when playing a conference opener in the last five conference switches after falling 78-65 at Air Force.
FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED: Nevada’s season-high five-game win streak came to an end as the Wolf Pack lost 56-43 at Oregon on New Year’s Eve. The streak started with the Pack’s only road victory 76-73 at Washington on Dec. 8. The Wolf Pack then went on to sweep a season long four-game homestand defeating Cal Poly (69-56), San Francisco (59-51), Cal State University San Marcos (84-74) and Yale (85-75). Three of the victories were by double figures.
In the five games the Pack averaged 74.6 points per game and allowed 65.8. The Wolf Pack also held a plus seven rebound margin in the five games and in three contest outrebounded opponents by double figures. In three of the games the Pack defense held opponents to less than 40 percent shooting. In back-to-back games the Pack held opponents to season scoring lows as Cal Poly totaled 56 points and USF scored 51 the next game.
In the final two games of the streak Nevada shot better than 50 percent including a season best 57.1 percent against Yale.
Malik Story (18 ppg), Deonte Burton (11.4 ppg) and Jerry Evans, Jr. (10 ppg) averaged double figures in the five wins with Jordan Burris close behind at 9.2 points per contest.
PACK GETTING DEFENSIVE: Nevada held three consecutive opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the field and five of the last seven opponents under 40 percent. In the last game Air Force shot 52.2 percent and Cal State University San Marcos shot 43.5 percent from the field marking the only teams to shoot over 40 percent in the last seven games.
At Washington the Pack held the Huskies to 39.7 percent shooting. Cal Poly shot 32.8 percent against the Pack which is the low by an opponent this season. San Francisco shot 34 percent before CSUSM ended the streak. Yale was held to 38.6 percent shooting in the Pack’s 85-75 victory over the Bulldogs. In the Pack’s game at Oregon the Ducks were held under 40 percent but defeated Nevada 56-43. In the first game of the season UC Irvine shot 39.4 percent giving the Pack six games of holding opponents under 40 percent shooting this season.
In back-to-back games Nevada held opponents to season low point totals. Cal Poly scored 56 points which was the low for a Pack opponent until USF finished with 51 the next game.
BACKCOURT OF 1,100 POINT SCORERS: Nevada’s backcourt boasts a pair of 1,100 point scorers in junior point guard Deonte Burton and senior shooting guard Malik Story. Burton scored his 1,000 career point on Nov. 17 against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later Story joined the club, scoring his 1,000 point on Nov. 18 versus Southern Utah. The duo became the 23rd and 24th players in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau at Nevada.
Since reaching 1,000 career points the two have surpassed 1,100 points and are nearing 1,200 in a Pack uniform. After 82 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by one point. Story has 1,196 career points leaving him four shy of 1,200 and Burton’s 1,195 is five short of the mark. They rank 17th and 18th respectively in Nevada history in scoring. Ken “Tree” Green (1981-83) ranks 16th with 1,212 points.