Feb. 8, 2013
Air Force at Nevada: Nevada (11-11, 2-6 MW) hosts Air Force (14-7, 5-3 MW) in a Mountain West game on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. Nevada is in a three way tie for seventh at 2-6 in the MW standings. The Falcons are tied for third with San Diego State at 5-3. Since winning a season-high five in a row the Pack has gone 2-7. AF had won five in a row until falling 81-53 at #15 New Mexico in a battle for the top spot in the MW on Wednesday.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
Air Force Falcons
(14-7, 5-3 MW)
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(11-11, 2-6 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: Air Force won the only game in the series earlier this year in Colorado Springs 78-65 on Jan. 9.
UP NEXT: Nevada travels to Wyoming to play the Cowboys on Feb. 13 at 6 p.m. PT. The Cowboys won the first meeting 59-48 in Reno on Jan. 12.
AIR FORCE FALCONS: Air Force is 14-7 on the season and tied for third in the MW standings with a 5-3 record. The Falcons are led by head coach Dave Pilipovich who is in his first full season leading the Falcons basketball program. Pilipovich has a career mark of 16-12. In the first ever meeting earlier this season the AFA defeated Nevada 78-65 on Jan. 9 to open MW play.
Senior guard Michael Lyons (6-5) is second in the MW averaging 18 points per game and a team best 4.6 rebounds per game. In MW play he averaged 16.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per contest. In the first game with Nevada he totaled three points.
Todd Fletcher, a 6-2 guard averages 9.9 points on the season and 10.4 in MW play. Fletcher scored 18 points in the first meeting. Senior forward Mike Fitzgerald (6-6) did the majority of the damage against the Wolf Pack in the first game scoring a game-high 30 points making nine-of-10 shots, four-of-five from behind the arc. Fitzgerald is averaging 9.8 points per game on the year and 13.3 in MW play.
Senior center Taylor Broekhuis (6-10) averages 9.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game. In the first meeting he scored 10 points.
The Falcons average 72.1 points per game and allow 66.2. They are shooting 48 percent from the field and hold opponents to 44.2. The second best three-point shooting team in the MW they are connecting on 38.9 percent of their opportunities and opponent just 31.9. They are being outrebounded by 1.9 per game, 32.2-30.4.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 11-11 on the season, 9-4 at home and 2-7 on the road.
Nevada has lost a season-high three in a row. It is the second three-game losing skid of the year.
Malik Story scored a game-high 31 vs. Colorado State making 11-of-17 shots, seven-of-11 from behind the arc. The seven 3-pointers tied his career high set last season vs. Longwood. It is his second 30 point game of the year after scoring a career-high 35 vs. Yale. Story's 35 points vs. Yale is tied for the second highest point total in the MW and the 31 is the second most in a conference game this year.
Story has made 226, 3-pointers in his career and is two shy of breaking Marcelus Kemp's (2004-08) school record of 227. Kemp set the record in 134 games while Story has 226 in 89 games.
Nevada's 75-59 victory over Boise State is only home MW win in four games.
The Wolf Pack won its first MW game at Fresno State 68-61.
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.
Nevada is celebrating its 100th year of basketball this season.
Five-of-six MW losses have been by double figures. The Pack's two conference wins were by seven points at Fresno State and by 16 vs. Boise State.
The Wolf Pack lost its first game played in MW falling 78-65 at Air Force. The loss makes the Pack 0-5 when opening play in its last five conference switches.
Nevada is making 74.3 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State (75.2 %) in the MW and ranks 26th nationally. 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 at FS which are both career bests. In the last six MW games he is averaging 19.5 points per game. From behind the arc he is shooting 44.4 percent making 20-of-45 attempts
Deonte Burton scored 22 points at FS and was good on 12-of-15 free throws. In MW play Burton is fourth in the conference averaging 16.6 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all eight MW and began the conference season with three 20 plus point games; 21 at Air Force, 23 vs. #25 Wyoming and 22 at FS.
In the last three games Burton has 17 assists and just five turnovers, twice tying his season with seven assists at UNLV and NM.
Jerry Evans, Jr. scored in double figures in three consecutive MW games until totaling seven at #20 UNM. Evans scored 14 vs. #25 SDSU, 12 vs. BSU and 14 at UNLV. Evans is averaging 9.4 points and 8 rebounds in MW play.
In six-of-eight MW games Evans has led the Pack in rebound with five being game highs. Evans has three double figure rebounding games; career-high 14 vs. Cal Poly, 10 vs. Wyoming and 11 at FS.
Evans scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State University San Marcos which tied for game-high honors. The 18 points was first time this season that someone other than Deonte Burton or Malik Story led the Pack in scoring. At UNLV his 14 tied with Burton for game-high honors.
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 11 times on the season.
Story and Burton rank 12th and 14th in school history with 1,319 and 1,307 points respectively. The backcourt duo has started all 89 games of their careers. Story (16.4 ppg) and Burton (16 ppg) are fifth and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West. Burton (16.6 ppg) and Story (15.8 ppg) are fourth and sixth in MW play in scoring. Each has posted eight game highs in scoring this season.
Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 73 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.
BURTON MAKES SPORTSCENTER TOP 10: Junior guard Deonte Burton made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10 plays of the day twice last week. Burton's dunk at UNLV was No. 2 on Tuesday night and his block at #20 New Mexico on Saturday was 10th.
EVANS, JR. ENJOYING MW: Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. returned to the starting lineup after seven games coming off the bench when MW play began and has been productive in all eight. Evans is averaging 9.4 points and 8.0 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 42.1.
Evans had a stretch of three double figure scoring games snapped finishing with seven at #20 New Mexico. He reached double figures with 14 vs. #25 SDSU, 12 against Boise State and 14 at UNLV. The 14 points against the Rebels tied for game high honors.
In the eight conference 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 and nine at UNLV. At UNM he finished with a game-high nine boards.
He has led the Pack in rebounding in six of eight MW games. In five of the games he either posted or tied for game-high honors in rebounds.
PACK BACKCOURT SURPASSES 1,300 POINTS IN CSU GAME: Nevada's backcourt boasts a pair of 1,300 point scorers in junior point guard Deonte Burton and senior shooting guard Malik Story. In the Colorado State game both surpassed 1,300 points. The duo both reached 1,200 points in the Wyoming game.
Burton scored his 1,000th career point on Nov. 17 against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later Story joined the club, scoring his 1,000th 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 89 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 12 points. Story's 31 against CSU moved him past Burton and Luke Babbitt (2008-10) into 12th place on Nevada's career scoring list 1,319 points. Story is 21 behind Gary Hill-Thomas' (2000-04) for 11th. Burton's 1,307 is nine back of Babbitt's 1,316 for 13th.
BURRIS CHANGES ROLES: After coming off the bench the first seven games of the season junior guard Jordan Burris switched and moved into the starting lineup the last 15 games. In the first seven games of the season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds but as a starter is scoring 8.1 points and grabbing 4.8 rebounds per contest.
Six times in the 15 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.
EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT: Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 89 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 47.2 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season and in MW play 52 percent. Story averages 16.4 points per game and Burton 16. They rank fifth and sixth respectively in the MW in scoring.
After eight MW games Burton is scoring at 16.6 points per game to rank fourth in conference play. He scored 21, 23, 22, 12, 17, 14 13 and 11 points in the eight MW games. In the last nine games he has reached double figures, his longest stretch of the season. In an earlier 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, totaled 16 in the win over Boise State, posted a game-high 20 at #20 UNM and followed that with a game-high 31 versus Colorado State. At UNLV he totaled nine points making two-of-seven shots. He scored a career-high 35 in the Pack's 85-75 victory over Yale and has scored 20 or more points in six 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 16-of-22 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 36.1 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.55 made per game is tied for second in the conference.
In 16-of-22 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Each has eight game highs.
ELLIOTT MORE PRODUCTIVE IN MW: Since MW play began junior forward Devonte Elliott has been more productive off the Wolf Pack bench. Elliott averaged 5.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and shot 54.1 percent from the field in the first 14 games of the season. In eight MW games he is averaging 6.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and is shooting 48.9 percent from the field.
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 14 games. In 14 games as a reserve he is averaging 6.2 points and 4.5 rebounds per game while shooting 46.8 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 NEARS SCHOOL RECORD: In two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books. Story is ready to become the Pack's all-time leader in three-pointers made. He made seven on Wednesday versus Colorado State to close within two of breaking Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) school record 227.
Story has made 226 in 89 games in the Silver & Blue while Kemp took 134 games to set the record at 227.
Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists. For the first time this season and just the sixth time in his career he did not make a three-pointer in the Pack's game against Wyoming missing all five attempts.
In 89 games Story has attempted 567 shots from behind the arc which is third most at Nevada. Terrance Green (1999-03) is second with 592 attempts in his four seasons and 119 games played.
Story has been successful on 39.1 (226-of-578) 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.
FOUR MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS RECEIVING NATIONAL RECOGNITION: Nevada faces tough competition in its first year in the Mountain West as four teams are receiving national attention.
In the Feb. 4, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked 15th. Colorado State (49), San Diego State (17) and UNLV (13) are receiving votes.
UNM is 16th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and SDSU is tied for 25th. Colorado State (38) and UNLV (12) are receiving votes.
MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS SECOND IN CONFERENCE RPI: The Mountain West ranks second in conference RPI through games of Feb. 4.
Four of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 35 of the Feb. 4 NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 5, while Colorado State is 15th and UNLV is the third MW school in the top 20 at 19. San Diego State is 33rd.
Boise State (51), Wyoming (62), Air Force (68), Nevada (133) and Fresno State (173) round out the conference.