White Out Wednesday As Nevada Hosts #25 San Diego State

Deonte Burton and Malik Story are fifth and sixth in the MW in scoring.

Jan. 21, 2013

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 White Out Game - #25 San Diego State at Nevada:  Nevada (10-7, 1-2 MW) hosts #25 San Diego State (14-4, 2-2 MW) on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m.  The Wolf Pack won its first MW game defeating Fresno State 68-61 on Saturday which also snapped a three-game losing skid.  The #25 Aztecs lost two conference games last week.  The game will be White Out as 8,500 fans will receive a white shirt to wear during the game.

Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. PT
#25 San Diego State University
(14-4, 2-2 MW )
(10-7, 1-2 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.

TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network -
    Andrew Catalon (play-by-play), Steve Lappas (analyst) and Lauren Gardner (sidelines).
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 6:30 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:  SDSU leads the series 5-3.  Nevada has won the last two meetings both coming during the 1998-99  season.  The Pack won 76-71 in San Diego and 94-75 at home.
UP NEXT:  Nevada hosts Boise State University on Saturday at 1:05 p.m. PT.  

SAN DIEGO STATE AZTECS:   San Diego State is led by head coach Steve Fisher who is in his 14th season leading the Aztec basketball program.  Fisher is 272-164 at SDSU and 456-246 overall in his 22nd season.

The Aztecs ranked 25th in the USA Today Coaches poll lost two MW games last week and sit at 14-4 overall and 2-2 in MW play.  SDSU is in a three-way tie for third in the conference standings.

SDSU is led by the preseason MW player of the year in junior guard Jamaal Franklin.  The 6-5 Franklin is third in the MW averaging 18.1 points per game and in conference play his 20.8 points per contest is second.  He is second in the league averaging 9.7 rebounds per game.

Senior guard Chase Tapley (6-3) was a preseason all-MW selection and is averaging 14.8 points per game and shoots 41.4 percent from behind the arc.  Guard Xavier Thames (6-3) is scoring 9.8 points per game and shoots 41.8 percent from three-point range.

Offensively the Aztecs score 70.8 points per game and hold opponents to 60.2, a margin of plus 10.6.  They shoot 43.6 percent from the field and opponents 38.9.  From behind the arc they are connecting on 33.4 percent of their opportunities and opponents 30.8.  They hold a plus 2.5 rebound per game margin, 37-34.5.

NEVADA EARNS FIRST MW VICTORY 68-61 AT FRESNO STATE: FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - Malik Story scored 24 points, Deonte Burton added 22 and Nevada cashed in from the free-throw line in Saturday night's 68-61 victory over Fresno State.

Nevada (10-7, 1-2 Mountain West) was held to 37.8 percent shooting on the game but was 30 of 37 from the free-throw line, 23 of which were made between Story and Burton. The Bulldogs were only 12 for 21 from the line.

Tied at 54 with 4:22 remaining in the contest, Nevada finished strong with a 14-7 run to earn the win. Jerry Evans Jr. hit a free throw to make it 55-54, and the Wolf Pack never trailed again. Evans ended the night with nine points and 11 rebounds.

Tyler Johnson led Fresno State (7-10, 1-3) with 16 points, Kevin Foster had 15 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Kevin Olekaibe chipped in with 10 points.


Nevada is 10-7 on the season, 8-2 at home and 2-5 on the road.  

Last Saturday the Wolf Pack won its first MW game at Fresno State 68-61.  The win at FS snapped a season-high three-game losing skid.

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 five conference switches.

At FS the Pack made 30-of-37 free throws which is season highs in both categories.

The Pack totaled a season-high 48 rebounds against #25 Wyoming.  Nevada outrebounded the Cowboys 48-31, 23-3 on the offensive glass.  It was the fourth time the Pack outrebounded an opponent by double figures this season.

After scoring a combined nine points in the first two MW games Pack senior guard Malik Story scored a game-high 24 at FS with 17 coming in the second half.  Story made 11-of-12 free throws which are both career bests.  

Deonte Burton scored 22 points at FS and was good on 12-of-15 free throws.  In MW play Burton leads the conference in scoring at 22 points per game.  He scored 21 at Air Force, 23 vs. #25 Wyoming and 22 at FS giving him three 20 plus point games to begin MW play.

The Wolf Pack's season-high five-game win streak was snapped in a 56-43 loss at Oregon on New Year's Eve.      

Malik Story scored a career-high 35 points against Yale, 24 in the second half.  The 35 points is tied for the second best scoring game in the Mountain West this season.  

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.  In three MW games Evans has eight, 10 and 11 rebounds.  The eight and 11 rebounds outings were game highs while the 10 was a team high. In the Cal Poly game he has a career-high 14 rebounds giving him three double figure rebound games this season.

Evans scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State University San Marcos which tied for game-high honors.  The 18 points is the only time this season that someone other than Deonte Burton or Malik Story led the Pack in scoring.

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 209 made is tied with Terrance Green's (1999-03) for second most in school history.  Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) is first with 227.

Burton and Story rank 16th and 17th in school history with 1,240 and 1,226 points respectively.  Burton (16.8 ppg) and Story (15.8 ppg) are fifth and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West.

Burton has led the Pack in scoring 10 times this season and Story six.  

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 84 games of their career at Nevada.

Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 72 career wins.  Carter is just the second Pack coach to post two 20 win seasons in a career at Nevada.  Mark Fox being the other.

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.

BACKCOURT OF 1,200 POINT SCORERS:  Nevada's backcourt boasts a pair of 1,200 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.  Against Wyoming they both moved past 1,200 career points.

After 84 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 14 points.  Burton has 1,240 points to rank 16th in school history while Story's 1,226 is 17th.  Nap Montgomery (1964-66) is 15th with 1,249.
TRADING PLACES:  Nevada head coach David Carter used the same starting lineup the first seven games of the season and has used three different lineups the last 10 games.  The biggest change was inserting Jordan Burris into the starting five and having Jerry Evans, Jr. come off the bench.  That was until Evans returned to the lineup once MW play began.

Both benefitted from the change as Burris is averaging 9.0 points and 5.1 rebounds in his 10 starts.  In the first seven games of the season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds.  Five times in the 10 starts he has scored in double figures marking the first time he has more than one double figure scoring game in a season.  

Burris made his first start this season at Pacific with his previous start coming his freshman year on Dec. 11, 2010 versus San Francisco State.  At Pacific he responded with 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds. The 14 points is one off his career high of 15 set his freshman year versus Pepperdine.  He scored 13 points versus Cal Poly and followed that with 11 against San Francisco marking his first back-to-back double digit scoring games.          

Evans had started 56 consecutive games but was averaging 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in the first seven games of the season.  His high point total was nine and he was shooting just 35.9  percent.  In the seven games off the bench he shot 54.7 percent from the field.  In those seven games he averaged 9.6 points per game and grabbed 6.3 rebounds per contest.  In his first game off the bench he scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Pacific.  Against Cal Poly he finished with a career-high 14 rebounds.  In the Pack's 84-74 victory over Cal State University San Marcos he tied for game-high honors with 18 points which is his season-high and one point off his career-high of 19 set against San Jose State last season.  In his three MW starts he is averaging 7.3 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.  In the three games he has twice reached double figures in rebounds with 10 vs. #25 Wyoming and a game-high 11 at Fresno State.  At Air Force his eight rebounds tied for game-high honors.  

EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT:  Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 84 games in their Wolf Pack careers.  They are responsible for 46.3 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season.  Burton averages 16.8 points per game and Story 15.8.  They rank fifth and sixth respectively in the MW in scoring.  Burton is sixth in the MW shooting 47.2 percent from the field and Story ranks 10th at 39.3.

After three MW games Burton is averaging a conference best 22 points per game.  He scored 21, 23 and 22 points in the three MW games.  Burton scored in double figures in eight consecutive games until finishing with four against Cal Poly.  In the eight game stretch he averaged 21.5 points per game.  In back-to-back games he scored 28 at Marshall and 26 versus UC Davis.  In the last five games of the eight game streak he scored 25 or more points four times including a season-high 29 in the Pack's 76-73 victory at Washington.  Seven times he has scored 20 or more points this season.

Story struggled to begin MW play totaling just nine points in the first two games before scoring a game-high 24 in helping Nevada to its first MW victory 68-61 at Fresno State.  He scored a career-high 35 in the Pack's 85-75 victory over Yale and has scored 20 or more points in five other games.  He had a stretch of scoring in double figures in seven consecutive games until totaling seven against San Francisco but followed that with three more double figure outings.  At Air Force he totaled just three points which is his lowest point total at Nevada dating back to the second game of his sophomore season against Pacific in the Preseason NIT at UCLA.  In 12-of-17 games he has scored in double figures.  He had back-to-back 25 point games versus Southern Utah and at Marshall then followed that with 23 at home against UC Davis and 19 in the Drake game.  On the season he is making 33.6 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.29 made per game is fourth in the conference.

In 12-of-17 games this season one of the two has posted a game high in points.  Burton has seven game highs to his credit and Story five.

ELLIOTT AND PANZER SHARING A SPOT:  Junior forwards Devonte Elliott  and Kevin Panzer started the first seven games of the season but the two third-year players have shared the five spot the last 10 games.  Elliott started the first eight games of the season but has come off the bench the last nine.  Panzer started the first seven games and 16 on the year.

Since splitting the starting position at the five spot the last 10 games the two have combined to average 9.6 points and 9.1 rebounds per game. 

Panzer is scoring 3.6 points and grabbing 4.6 rebounds per game in the last 10 contests and Elliott averages 6.0 points and 4.5 rebounds per outing.  Three times Elliott has scored in double figures off the bench in the last nine games, 11 at Washington, tied his career-high with 13 versus Cal State University San Marcos and had 12 at Air Force.

Five times this season Elliott has scored in double figures after not reaching double digits his first two seasons in the Silver & Blue.  He scored 10 points against Green Bay and topped that with a 13 point outing at Marshall.  Coming off the bench for the first time this season at Washington he scored 11 points then tied his career-high with 13 points in the CSUSM victory and posted 12 in the MW opener at Air Force to give him five double figure scoring games in the Silver & Blue.  Against #25 Wyoming he had a season-high 11 rebounds.  For the season he averages 6.4 points per game and is tied for third on the team averaging 4.3 rebounds per contest.  From the field he is shooting 53.1 (43-of-81) percent. 

Panzer posted his career-high of 18 points in the Pack's 80-77 victory over Cal State Fullerton (11/16/12) in the first game of the World Vision Classic.  The 6-9 forward made six-of-10 shots from the field which included two-of-three from behind the arc.  He was also solid at the free throw line making four of his five attempts.  On the season he is averaging 4.8 points per game and is second on the team with 4.4 rebounds per game.  In three MW games he has scored two points and has just four points in the last four games.

STORY FROM LONG DISTANCE:  In two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books.  Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists.  For the first time this season and sixth time in his career spanning 84 games he did not make a three-pointer in the Pack's game against Wyoming missing all five attempts.

Story surpassed 200 career three-pointers made in the Pack's game against Yale and his 209 is tied for second in school history with Terrance Green (1999-03).  Marcelus Kemp's (2004-08) is first with 227 made.
In 84 games Story has attempted 539 shots from behind the arc which is third most at Nevada.  Green is second with 592 attempts in his four seasons and 119 games played.
Story has been successful on 38.8 (209-of-539) percent of his three-point attempts which is ninth at Nevada.

Last season Story attempted a Pack single season record 226 three-pointers and made 94 for a percentage of 41.6.  The 41.6 percent ranked 24th in NCAA I and his 2.69 made per game was 37th.  The 94 three-pointers made a year ago are second most in Pack history behind Jimmy Carroll's (1996-97) 96.   As a sophomore he made 76 three-pointers which is the fourth best season in Pack history.   

FIVE MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS RECEIVING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Nevada faces tough competition in its first year in the Mountain West as five teams are receiving national attention.  In the Jan. 21, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked and four are receiving votes.  In the USA Today Coaches poll two teams are ranked and three are receiving votes.

In the AP poll NM is 15th.  UNLV, Wyoming, San Diego State and Colorado State are receiving votes.

NM is 17th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and SDSU appears at 25.  UNLV, Wyoming and Colorado State are receiving votes.

MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS THIRD IN CONFERENCE RPI:  The Mountain West ranks third in conference RPI through games of January 20.  The MW ranks third behind the Big Ten and Big East.

Six of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 35 of the Jan. 21 NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 7, while Colorado State comes in at 17 followed by UNLV at 18.  San Diego State is 33, Wyoming 35 and Boise State at 50 puts six in the top 50.

Air Force (96), Nevada (160) and Fresno State (171) round out the conference.

BURTON MR. CLUTCH:  Nevada fans have come to expect junior guard Deonte Burton to come through down the stretch as he did his sophomore year with a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime versus Washington.  A game, the Pack would win 76-73 in overtime as he scored eight-of-10 points in the extra period.  Another clutch three-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock at home against Utah State gave the Pack a 53-52 victory last season.
    Mr. clutch has come through three times this season in front of the home faithful.  In the World Vision Classic with Nevada trailing CS Fullerton 77-75 on Nov. 16, he drove the lane, scored and converted the free throw after being fouled to put the Pack up 78-77 with 14 seconds to play.  It was not all offensive as he blocked a potential game winning layup at the other end of the court then sealed the victory with two more free throws to give him the last five points in a 80-77 Pack victory.  
He delivered the next night against Green Bay hitting a game-winning three-pointer from deep behind the arc with 2 seconds on the clock to give the Pack the 71-69 victory over the Phoenix.   This coming after GB had just gone ahead 69-68 on a three-pointer.  Burton's three-pointer gave him exactly 1,000 career points in the Silver & Blue.

His most recent game winner came versus UC Davis on Nov. 28 as he hit a jumper in the lane with 3 seconds on the clock to give Nevada an 84-83 victory over the Aggies.  He finished with a game-high 26 points.
    Video link to Burton's shots vs. Green Bay and UC Davis -
        Green Bay: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/allaccess/?media=355704
        UC Davis: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/allaccess/?media=355806



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