Feb. 11, 2013
Nevada at Air Force: Nevada (12-11, 3-6 MW) travels to Wyoming (16-7, 2-7 MW) to play the Cowboys on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT. Nevada snapped a three-game losing skid defeating Air Force 74-69 on Saturday. Wyoming lost at Boise State 68-61 last Saturday and has dropped its last five MW games. Both teams are 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Pack is one game in front of the Cowboys in the conference standings in seventh place.
Wednesday, 6:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(12-11, 3-6 MW)
(16-7, 2-7 MW)
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), pregame 5:30 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 8-1. The Cowboys have won the last seven meetings. The Cowboys defeated the Pack in the first meeting this season on Jan. 12 in Reno 59-48.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts Fresno State on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:05 p.m. The Wolf Pack won the earlier meeting on Jan. 19, 68-61 to record the schools first MW men's basketball victory.
WYOMING COWBOYS: Wyoming is 16-7 and 2-7 in the MW after falling 68-61 at Boise State on Saturday. The Cowboys are led by third-year head coach Larry Shyatt who is 56-28 leading the Wyoming basketball program and 126-112 overall in his eighth season.
The Cowboys are led in scoring and rebounding by senior forward Leonard Washington (6-7) who averages 13.7 points and 8.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 49.1 percent from the field and averages two blocks per game. In the first meeting in Reno he had 16 points and 13 rebounds.
Senior guard Derrious Gilmore (5-10) averages 12.4 points and 2.5 assists per contest. In game one he finished with six points. Sophomore forward Larry Nance, Jr. (6-8) is also scoring in double figures at 10.5 per game and grabs 7.5 rebounds per outing. In Reno he had nine points and eight rebounds
Sophomore guard Riley Grabau (6-2) scored 12 points in the first meeting and averages 5.5 on the season. Grabau tops the team with 2.7 assists per game.
The Cowboys are scoring 62.1 points per game and holding opponents to 55.8, a margin of plus 6.3. From the field they shoot 43.2 percent and hold opponents to just 40.6 percent shooting. From behind the arc they shoot 32 percent while opponents shoot 32.3 percent. On the glass they are minus 2.3 per game, 32 -29.8.
NEVADA RALLIES TO DOWN AIR FORCE: RENO, Nev. -- Deonte Burton scored 22 points, Kevin Panzer had 10 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and Nevada's late second-half surge earned the Wolf Pack a 74-69 victory over Air Force on Saturday night.
Nevada (12-11, 3-6 Mountain West) trailed 61-51 with 5:32 remaining in the game after the Falcons had completed a 24-10 run capped off by Kyle Green's 3-pointer to give Air Force the 10 point lead. The Wolf Pack answered with a 17-6 run over the next 5 minutes and Marqueze Coleman's lay-up with 31 seconds left gave Nevada a 68-67 lead and the Wolf Pack held on for the win.
Malik Story added 16 points for Nevada but was 4 of 15 from the field including a 2 for 11 effort from beyond the arc.
Mike Fitzgerald had 17 points and six rebounds to lead Air Force (14-8, 5-4). Taylor Broekhuis had 13 points and Michael Lyons chipped in with 10.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 12-11 on the season, 10-4 at home and 2-7 on the road.
Nevada's 74-69 victory over Air Force snapped a three-game losing skid. It was the second time the Wolf Pack had lost a season-high three in a row.
In the AF game Malik Story made two three-pointers to give him 228 in his career and break the school record previously held my Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) at 227. Kemp took 134 games to reach 227 while Story made 228 in 90 games.
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.
Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double and the Pack's first of the season with 10 points and 14 rebounds against Air Force. The 14 rebounds is his career high and is tied with Jerry Evans, Jr. for the Nevada high this season.
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. The Pack is 1222-1101 all time.
Five-of-six MW losses have been by double figures. The Pack's three conference wins were by seven points at Fresno State, 16 vs. Boise State and five vs. Air Force.
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 74.4 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State (74.8 %) in the MW and ranks 30th nationally. At FS the Pack made 30-of-37 free throws which is season highs in both categories and tops in a MW game. In MW action the Pack is third at 73.4 percent behind Air Force (81.2) and BSU (75).
The Pack totaled a season-high 48 rebounds against #25 Wyoming. Nevada outrebounded the Cowboys 48-31, 23-3 on the offensive glass. In the AF game the Pack outrebounded the Falcons, 40-27, 14-4 offensively. It was the fifth 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 seven MW games he is averaging 19 points per game. From behind the arc he is shooting 39 percent in the last seven games making 22-of-56 attempts.
In MW play Burton is tied for third in the conference averaging 17.2 points per game. He has scored in double figures in all nine MW games 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 four games Burton has 20 assists and just seven turnovers, twice tying his season high 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 9.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in MW play.
In six-of-nine 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 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 13th in school history with 1,336 and 1,329 points respectively. The backcourt duo has started all 90 games of their careers. Story (16.4 ppg) and Burton (16.3 ppg) are fifth and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West. Burton (17.2 ppg) is tied for third in the MW in scoring and Story (15.8 ppg) fifth. Burton has posted nine game highs in points and Story eight.
Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 74 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 TWICE: Junior guard Deonte Burton made the ESPN SportsCenter top 10 plays of the day twice in the same week. Burton's dunk at UNLV on Jan. 29 was No. 2 that night and his block at #20 New Mexico on Feb. 2 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 nine games. Evans is averaging 9.3 points and 7.6 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 41.
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 nine 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 nine MW games. In five of the games he either posted or tied for game-high honors in rebounds.
BURTON AND STORY MAKE 90TH START, SCORE OVER 1300 POINTS: Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story have started every game of their careers and number 90 came against Air Force last Saturday. Both reached the 1,300 point plateau against Colorado State after reaching 1,200 together in the Wyoming contest. 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 score 1,000 points.
After 90 games in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by six points. Story is 12th in school history with 1,335 points and Burton ranks 13th with 1,229. Gary Hill-Thomas (2000-04) is 11th with 1,240 points. See page 7 for a list of Nevada's 1,000 point scorers.
BURRIS CHANGING ROLES: After coming off the bench the first seven games of the season junior guard Jordan Burris switched roles and made 15 consecutive starts until coming off the bench versus Air Force. 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 90 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 47.4 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season and in MW play 51.9 percent. Story averages 16.4 points per game and Burton 16.3. They rank fifth and sixth respectively in the MW in scoring.
After nine MW games Burton is scoring at 17.2 points per game to tie for third in conference play. He scored 21, 23, 22, 12, 17, 14, 13, 11 and 22 points in the nine MW games. In the last 10 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. Eight 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 17-of-23 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 34.9 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.52 made per game is second in the conference.
In 17-of-22 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Burton has nine to his credit and Story eight.
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 nine MW games he is averaging 6.3 points, 4.1 rebounds and is shooting 47.8 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 15 games. In 15 games as a reserve he is averaging 6.1 points and 4.3 rebounds per game while shooting 48 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 SETS SCHOOL RECORD: In two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books and Saturday against Air Force he set the Nevada record for career three-pointers made with his 228th. The previous record holder was Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) who made 227 in his 134 games while Story set the record in 90 games.
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 90 games Story has attempted 589 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 38.7 (228-of-589) 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.
PANZER RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double and the first by a Pack player this season against Air Force with is 10 point and 14 rebound performance. The 14 rebounds was a game and career high. The 14 boards tied Jerry Evans, Jr. for the high by a Pack player this season. Panzer made five-of-six shots from the field in 29 minutes on the floor.
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. 11, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked 19th and Colorado State 24th. San Diego State (52) and UNLV (6) are receiving votes.
UNM is 18th in the USA Today Coaches Poll with SDSU 22nd and Colorado State 24th. UNLV (8) is receiving votes.
MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS SECOND IN CONFERENCE RPI: The Mountain West ranks second in conference RPI through games of Feb. 11.
Four of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 30 of the Feb. 11 NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 3, while Colorado State is 15th, UNLV is 20 giving the MW three teams in the top 20. SDSU is the fourth team in the top 30 at 28.
Boise State (48), Wyoming (62), Air Force (68), Nevada (133) and Fresno State (163) round out the conference.