Nevada Hosts Fresno State Tuesday

Nevada hosts Fresno State on Tuesday night.

Feb. 17, 2013

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Fresno State at Nevada:  Nevada (12-12, 3-7 MW) hosts Fresno State (8-16, 2-9 MW) on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  The Wolf Pack has lost four of its last five games and is 3-7 in the last 10.  FS has one win in the last eight games and is 2-9 in MW play.  The Pack won the first meeting this season 68-61 at Fresno State.  Nevada sits in eighth in the conference standings and FS is ninth.

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. PT
(8-16, 2-9 MW)
(12-12, 3-7 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.

The Last Meeting
Fresno State61
January 19, 2013
Fresno, Calif.
Nevada Earns First MW Victory Downing Fresno State 68-61
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.

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
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SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series with Fresno State 50-37.  The Wolf Pack has won the last five meetings including a 68-61 victory earlier this season on Jan. 19.  The win was the first Mountain West win for Nevada.  Malik Story scored a game-high 24 points, 17 in the second half to lead the Pack.  Deonte Burton scored 22 points.
UP NEXT:  Nevada plays at San Diego State on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. PT.  The game will air nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS:   Fresno State is 8-16 and 2-9 in the MW under second-year head coach Rodney Terry.  Terry is 21-36 leading the Bulldog basketball program.

The Bulldogs are led in scoring by junior guard Tyler Johnson (6-2) who is the only FS player averaging double figures at 11.9 points per game.  In MW play Johnson averages 13.4 points per game and scored a team-high 16 in the first meeting this season.

Five other FS players average between 5.5 and 9.2 points per game.

Junior guards Allen Huddleston (6-2) and Kevin Olekaibe (6-2) average 9.2 and 8.5 points per game respectively.  Senior forward Kevin Foster (6-8) tops the Bulldogs averaging 6.4 rebounds per game and contributes 8.2 points per game.  Guard Marvelle Harris (6-4) averages 7.4 points per game and junior forward Jerry Brown 5.5.  Foster scored 15 points in the first game and Olekaibe 10.

Offensively the Bulldogs average 59.2 points per game and allow 60.8.  FS is shooting 38.6 percent from the field and allow opponents to shot 41.8 percent.  From behind the arc the Bulldogs have made 34.8 percent of their attempts and opponents 29.8 percent.  They are being outrebounded by 4.8 per game, 36.3-31.5.
PACK FALLS AT WYOMING:   LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Leonard Washington's 16 points, 12 rebounds, five steals and three blocks spurred Wyoming to a 68-48 win over Nevada on Wednesday night.

Derrious Gilmore added 15 points and Josh Adams had 12 for the Cowboys (17-7, 3-7 Mountain West), who snapped a five-game conference losing streak.

Deonte Burton scored 13 while Malik Story had 11 and Kevin Panzer 10 for Nevada (12-12, 3-7).

Riley Grabau and Gilmore each drained 3-pointers to start the second half, which put the Cowboys up 35-19. Washington's long jumper pushed the margin to 43-25 with 14:52 remaining and his dunk on a fast break made it 65-42, the widest margin, with 3:33 left.

Nevada had drawn within 47-36 after Burton stole the ball and made a floater. But Adams sparked a 9-0 spurt with two fast-break layup attempts that resulted in four free throws and he also sank a 3 to give Wyoming a 56-36 advantage.


Nevada is 12-12 on the season, 10-4 at home and 2-8 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.

Malik Story holds the school record for 3-pointers made with 229 in 91 games played at Nevada.  Story set the record in the Air Force game.

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 third highest point total in the MW and the 31 is the third 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.

Panzer has scored 10 points in the last two games marking the first back-to-back double figure games of his career.

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 1222-1102 all time.

Six-of-seven 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 74.2 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State in the MW and ranks 32nd 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 72.9 percent behind Air Force (79.6) and BSU (73.5).

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 eight MW games he is averaging 18 points per game.  From behind the arc he is shooting 38 percent in the last eight games making 23-of-60 attempts.

In MW play Burton is third in the conference averaging 16.8 points per game.  He has scored in double figures in all 10 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 five games Burton has 22 assists and 10 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 8.6 points and 7.4 rebounds in MW play.
In seven-of-10 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 11th and 13th in school history with 1,346 and 1,342 points respectively.  The backcourt duo has started all 91 games of their careers.  Story (16.2 ppg) and Burton (16.2 ppg) are tied for fifth in scoring average in the Mountain West.  Burton (16.8 ppg) is third in the MW in scoring and Story (15.3 ppg) sixth.  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 more productive.  Evans is averaging 8.6 points and 7.4 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 seven of 10 MW  games.  In five of the games he either posted or tied for game-high honors in rebounds.

BURTON AND STORY MAKE 91st START, OVER 1300 POINTS:  Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story have started every game of their careers and number 91 came at Wyoming.  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 91 games in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by four points.  Story is 11th in school history with 1,346 points and Burton ranks 12th with 1,342.  Kirk Snyder (2001-04) is 10th with 1,404 points.  See page 7 for a list of Nevada's 1,000 point scorers.

BURRIS' EVER 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 the two 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.  On the year he averages 7.0 points and 4.1 rebounds.  He is fourth in scoring and third in rebounding on the team.

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 91 games in their Wolf Pack careers.  They are responsible for 47.5 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season and in MW play 51.7 percent.  Both has scored 388 points this season, 16.2 per game.  They rank fifth in the MW in scoring.

After 10 MW games Burton is scoring at 16.8 points per game to rank third in conference play.  He has reached double figures in all 10 MW games with four being 20 plus point performances.  In the last 11 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.  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 18-of-24 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 34.7 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.46 made per game is tied for second in the conference.

In 17-of-24 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.

STORY SETS SCHOOL RECORD:  In two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books.  At home against Air Force he set the Nevada record for career three-pointers made with his 228th and added one more at Wyoming to make it 229.  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 91 games Story has attempted 593 shots from behind the arc which is second most at Nevada.  Kemp is first with 597 attempts in his four seasons and 134 games played.

Story has been successful on 38.6 (229-of-593) 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 his 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.  At Wyoming he scored 10 points marking his first back-to-back double figure scoring games of his career.

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.



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