Nevada At Intrastate Rival UNLV Tuesday
Jan. 27, 2013
Nevada at UNLV: Nevada (11-8, 2-3 MW) plays at intrastate rival UNLV (16-4, 3-2 MW) on Tuesday at 7 p.m. The Wolf Pack is 2-3 in the MW after defeating Boise State 75-59 on Saturday. The Rebels knocked off Wyoming 62-50 at home last Thursday to improve to 3-2 in MW action. Tuesday's game is first men's basketball game played as part of the Governor's Series that was established on Oct. 8, 2012.
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. PT
UNLV REBELS: Second-year head coach Dave Rice has led the Rebels to 16-4 record and a 3-2 start in the MW. Rice is 42-14 leading the Rebels. UNLV is in a three-way tie for third in the MW.
Freshman forward Anthony Bennett (6-8) tops the MW in scoring at 18.4 points game and is fifth in rebounding at 8.6 per contest. Bennett, the preseason MW Freshman of the Year, is shooting 55.4 percent from the field.
Senior guard, Anthony Marshall (6-3) is the second Rebel averaging double figures scoring 10.4 points per game and tops the MW dishing out 5.95 assists per game.
Guards Katin Reinhardt (6-5) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (6-5) are contributing 9.8 and 9.4 points per game respectively. Junior forward Mike Moser (6-8), a preseason All-MW selection, missed seven games as result of an injury. Moser is averaging 8.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game.
UNLV is second in the MW averaging 76.2 points per game and hold opponents to 63.9 points per game. The plus 12.3 points per game margin is second in the conference. From the field the Rebels shoot 45.3 percent and hold opponents to a MW low 38 percent shooting. From behind the arc they shoot 34.5 percent and opponents 28.5 which tops the MW in three-point field goal percentage defense. UNLV is outrebounding opponents by 8.5 per game, 41.7-33.2.
Nevada jumped to a 10-2 lead, but Boise State came back to lead at halftime 28-27. But Story scored eight points in a 10-0 run that gave Nevada a 50-41 lead, and the Wolf Pack pulled away in the final 5 minutes.
Anthony Drmic had 16 of his 23 points in the second half for the Broncos (14-5, 2-3). Derrick Marks and Mikey Thompson scored 11 points each for Boise State.
Nevada put four players in double figures in the victory over Boise State; Deonte Burton (17), Malik Story (16), Jerry Evans, Jr. (12) and Devonte Elliott (11) all reached double digits. Five Pack players reached double figures in the Cal State University San Marcos game.
In the five 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 as did seven against #25 San Diego State. In the last two MW game he has scored in double figures with 14 vs. #25 SDSU and 12 against Boise State.
After 86 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 10 points. Both moved up one spot after the Boise State game. Burton has 1,269 points to rank 14th in school history while Story's 1,259 is 16th. Three more points by each will move them up the list one more spot as Brandon Fields (2006-10) is 13th with 1,271 points and Kevin Soares (1988-92) is 15th with 1,261
Both have benefitted from the change as Burris is averaging 8.5 points and 4.8 rebounds in his 12 starts. In the first seven games of the season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds. Five times in the 12 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 five MW starts he is averaging 9.6 points and 7.8 rebounds per game. In the five 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 as did seven against #25 San Diego State. In the last two MW games he has scored in double figures with 14 vs. #25 SDSU and 12 against Boise State.
EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT: Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 86 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 46.4 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season. Burton averages 16.6 points per game and Story 15.8. They rank fifth and seventh respectively in the MW in scoring.
After five MW games Burton is averaging 19 points per game to rank second in the MW. He scored 21, 23, 22, 12 and 17 points in the five 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 at Fresno State , tied for game-high honors with 17 versus #25 San Diego State and totaled 16 in the win over Boise 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 14-of-19 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 34.1 percent of his three-pointers to rank fourth in the MW and his 2.32 made per game is also fourth in the conference.
In 13-of-19 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Burton has seven game highs to his credit and Story six.
Twice he has scored in double figures in MW play with 12 at Air Force and 11 versus Boise State. His only double figure rebound game of the season also came in conference play when he totaled 11 against #25 Wyoming. He also posted a career-best four blocks at Fresno State.
Elliott started the first eight games of the season but has come off the bench the last 11 games. In 11 games as a reserve he is averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds per game while shooting 50 percent. Four of his six double figure scoring games have come off the bench. Since coming off the bench he has been sharing the five spot with fellow junior forward Kevin Panzer.
Story surpassed 200 career three-pointers made in the Pack's game against Yale and his 214 is second in school history. Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) ranks first with 227 made.
In 86 games Story has attempted 552 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 (214-of-552) 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.
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.
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.