Feb. 24, 2012
Nevada game notes
FS game notes
NEVADA at Fresno State
Nevada (22-5, 10-1 WAC) travels to Fresno State (13-16, 3-8 WAC) seeking a share of the 2012 WAC title on Saturday night at 7:06 p.m. Nevada won the first meeting with the Bulldogs earlier this season in Reno, 74-61. The game will air live on the WAC Sports Network KAME-TV, My 21 in Reno.
Saturday, 7:06 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(22-5, WAC: 10-1)
Fresno State Bulldogs
(13-16, 3-8 WAC)
Save Mart Center (15,596)
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630 AM Reno; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), pregame starts at 6:30 p.m.
TELEVISION: WAC Sports Network - KAME-TV My 21 in Reno
Guy Haberman (play-by-play), Bob Donewald (analyst)
Live stats: Live stats link
WEB STREAMING: NevadaWolfPack.tv
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series with Fresno State 48-37. The Wolf Pack won the first meeting this season at home 74-61 on Jan. 21. FS holds a 22-19 advantage in Fresno and has won the last three games played at the Save Mart Center. The Pack is 4-4 at the Save Mart Center. Nevada’s last road victory in the series was 76-63 on March 8, 2008. The Pack holds a 7-3 advantage in the last 10 games.
UP NEXT: Nevada returns home to host New Mexico State on Thursday, March 1 at 8:05 p.m. PT. The game is a WhiteOut with the first 8,500 fans receiving a shirt. The game will air live on ESPN2.
ABOUT THE FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS - The Fresno State Bulldogs are directed by first-year head coach Rodney Terry who has led the team to an 13-16 overall mark and 3-8 record in the Western Athletic Conference.
FS is led by sophomore guard Kevin Olekaibe (6-2) who averages 18.4 points per game which is tied for first in the WAC. Olekaibe scored a career-high 43 points in Thursday’s 78-72 home victory over Seattle. Olekaibe is shooting 38.2 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from behind the three-point arc. Senior guard Jonathan Wills (6-6) is second on the team in scoring averaging 10.1 points per game and grabs 4.8 rebounds per game. Sophomore forward Jerry Brown (6-7) leads FS in rebounding at 5.7 per game and averages 9.4 points. Kevin Foster (6-8) is averaging 5.1 rebounds per game and contributes 6.9 points per outing. Senior guard Steven Shepp (6-2) is second in the WAC averaging 4.79 assists per game and is scoring 5.5 points per game.
The Bulldogs are scoring 65.4 points per game and allow 64.8. As a team FS shoots 41.3 percent from the field and opponents 45. From behind the arc they shoot 31.8 percent and opponents 33.7. At the charity stripe FS is making 73.2 percent of its opportunities. The Bulldogs are being outrebounded, 34.8 to 30.9.
LAST GAME: NEVADA FALLS IN BRACKETBUSTERS GAME AT IONA 90-84
NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. (AP) - Lamont Jones scored 18 points as Iona outlasted Nevada Saturday, 90-84
In a Bracket Busters shootout, Iona (22-6) won its fourth straight. The Gaels, atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference, got balanced scoring from Jones, Michael Glover (15 points), Scott Machado and Sean Armand (13 apiece) and a boost from Randy Dezouvre, who came off the bench to score 17 points.
Machado, the point guard, hitting all 8 of his free throw attempts and had 15 of Iona's 23 assists.
But the Gaels, up 47-46 at halftime, couldn't shake Nevada (22-5), which leads the Western Athletic Conference. Olek Czyz scored 28 points and Deonte Burton 21. Dario Hunt had a 15-point, 14-rebound double-double.
Trailing 71-58 midway through the second half, Nevada whittled it to 82-77 with 4:04 left. But Dezouvre stuck a jumper, Machado a layup and two free throws. Jones' two foul shots with 28 seconds left clinched it.
NEVADA SEEKS SIXTH WAC REGULAR SEASON TITLE - Nevada will be seeking its sixth Western Athletic Conference title on Saturday at Fresno State. The Wolf Pack’s 10-1 mark is two games in front of second-place New Mexico State who stands at 8-3 with three games remaining for both teams. With a victory on Saturday the Pack would gain at least a share of the 2012 conference title.
Nevada has won five regular season WAC titles since joining the conference for the 2000-01 season. Of the five titles, two have were shared in 2004 and 2008. The 2005, 2006, and 2007 titles were outright.
BLUE BOW TIES FEB. 18-26 - The Nevada coaches will be wearing blue bow ties as part of the On The Line campaign during Black History Month. The bow ties are to raise awareness of prostate cancer among African American men and making an impact on men’s health. The Wolf Pack coaches are joining over 100 other head coaches, assistants, and sports departments who are committed to wearing the On The Line button and blue bow ties at their games during Statement Week, Feb. 18-26. One in six men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in his lifetime and one in five African Americans.
NEVADA GETTING DEFENSIVE - Nevada is allowing a WAC low 64.4 points per game and the 64.9 in conference play also tops the league. The Pack is first in overall field goal percentage defense at 41.3 percent and in WAC play is also first allowing opponents to shoot just 41 percent. The 64.4 points per game allowed is 102nd and field goal percentage of 41.3 ranks 88th.
In the WAC the Pack is fourth in 3-point field goal percentage defense, overall (33%) and fifth in conference play (32.9%). Nevada tops the WAC in blocks averaging 4.56 per game and is fourth in steals swiping 6.04 per game. In WAC play Nevada averages 4.18 blocks to rank second and 5.18 steals are fourth. In the national rankings the Pack is 49th in blocks.
BYU, Idaho and Iona are the only opponents to shoot over 50 percent versus the Pack. In the first meetings with Utah State and Hawai`i both teams shot exactly 50 percent in losses to the Pack.
Nevada has held nine opponents below 40 percent shooting with a season low 30 percent coming versus UC Riverside and CSU Bakersfield. Nevada has held three opponents to season-low 47 points three times, Prairie View A&M, UC Riverside and CSUB.
HUNT SCORES 1,000TH POINT TO REACH THIRD MILESTONE - Senior forward Dario Hunt became the 22nd player at Nevada to score 1,000 points after finishing with 15 at Iona. The 1,000th point is the third milestone Hunt has reached this season. Earlier this year he recorded his 200th block and is one from making it 250. He grabbed his 900th rebound this season and his 956 ranks fourth in school history.
Hunt is the fifth Nevada player with 900 points and 900 rebounds. If he reaches 1,000 rebounds he will be the fourth player in school history to have 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds.
He broke the Nevada career blocks record in the season-opener versus Missouri State with the 193rd block in his career. In the Longwood game Hunt recorded his 200th career block and now has 249 in 127 games. He came into the season tied with Nick Fazekas (2004-07) with 192.
His 57 blocks this season is the record for a senior and the sixth best single season at Nevada. He has the third, fourth, fifth and sixth best block years at Nevada.
Hunt is first in the WAC and 42nd in the nation in blocked shots averaging 2.11 per game. He is fifth in career blocks in the WAC.
In the WAC his 9.7 rebounds per game is third and nationally he ranks 28th. His 956 career rebounds is 15th in WAC history. He is 20 back of SMU’s Jeryle Sasser’s (1997-2001) 976.
NEVADA WINS 20 GAMES FOR THE EIGHTH TIME IN NINE YEARS - Nevada won its 20th game of the season after defeating Hawai`i 88-79 on Feb. 11. It is the 13th time a Wolf Pack men’s basketball team has won 20 games in a season. The Pack has posted 20 win seasons in eight of the last nine years. The current 22 victories is the sixth highest win total in Nevada history. The 2003-04 and 2004-05 teams won 25 games. In 2007-08 the Pack went 27-6, the 1945-46 squad was 28-5 and the 2006-06 team won a school record 29 games ending the year 29-5.
Third-year head coach David Carter has led the Pack to a pair of 20 win seasons making him just the second coach at Nevada to have more than one 20 win season leading the Wolf Pack. Mark Fox (2004-09) won 20 or more games all five years he coached the Pack. Carter’s first team went 21-13 and the 22 wins this year are the most by Pack team he has coached.
PACK RECEIVING VOTES - Nevada continues to receive votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches’ poll for the seventh week in a row. In consecutive weeks the Pack received one vote, three votes, 12 votes, 18 votes, nine votes, a season-high 21 votes and one vote in the latest poll. Nevada got six votes in the Jan. 30 AP Top 25 but after a loss did not receive votes the last three weeks. The last Pack squad to receive votes was the 2006-07 team, which was also the last Nevada team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
4 GAMES, 4 CITIES, 4 STATES, 3 TIME ZONES IN 10 DAYS - Nevada just completed a four-game stretch of playing in four cities, in four states, in three different time zones over 10 days. It began with a Feb. 9 game in Honolulu against Hawai`i at 7 p.m. HT. Game two was in San Jose, Calif. against San Jose State at 8 p.m. PT on Feb. 11. The third game was at home versus CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. PT. The final game was a BracketBusters contest on Feb. 18 in New Rochelle, N.Y. at Iona. The Pack won the first three games before suffering a loss at Iona. The four games stretched from Honolulu to New York across five time zones. It is 4968 miles from Honolulu to New York.
22 WINS EIGHT MORE THAN ALL OF LAST YEAR - Nevada’s 22 wins this season is nine more than last season when the Wolf Pack posted a 13-19 record. Last season the Wolf Pack was 11-16 after 27 games compared to a 22-5 mark this season. Last year the Wolf Pack’s 13th and final victory came on March 9, 2011 when Nevada defeated Fresno State 90-80 in the first round of the WAC tournament.
In addition to improving the overall record the Pack has surpassed its win total away from Reno. This year Nevada is 9-3 away from Lawlor Events Center, 8-2 in true road contests and 1-1 in two neutral site games played in Chicago.
Last season Nevada was 3-10 in away games and 1-4 at neutral sites for a combined 4-14 record outside of Lawlor Events Center. Nevada was 0-10 away from Reno until a 69-67 victory at Boise State on Jan 15, 2011.
NEVADA’S 10-1 RECORD EQUALS BEST WAC START, PACK 6-0 ON THE ROAD - Nevada’s 10-1 start in WAC play equals the 2006-07 team for best start for a Wolf Pack squad since joining the conference for the 2000-2001 season. The 2006-07 team went 29-5 overall and won the WAC title with a 14-2 mark and were 13-1 before suffering a second WAC loss. The Pack’s 8-0 start this season is first time a Nevada team won its first eight games in the WAC. The 6-0 WAC road record equals the 2004-05 squad that also won its first six conference games and ended the year a perfect 9-0 in WAC road games.
2011-12 TEAM TIES SCHOOL RECORD 16-GAME WIN STREAK - The 2011-12 Nevada squad won 16 consecutive games to tie the 1965-66 team for the longest win streak in school history. The streak came to an end when the Wolf Pack fell 72-68 at home to Idaho on Feb. 4.
The streak was the second longest in country when it ended to then undefeated Murray State and is tied for the fifth longest this season. The Wolf Pack’s 12-game home court win streak also ended and it was tied for 19th longest in the nation at that time.
The 1965-66 squad went on to post a 21-6 record for head coach Jack Spencer.
The 22-5 start is the best since the 2006-07 squad began the year 25-2 on the way to a 29-5 record. Nevada has won 22-of-25 after starting the season 0-2.
NUMBERS DURING THE 16-GAME STREAK - During Nevada’s 16-game win streak the Wolf Pack averaged 71.8 points per game and allowed 61.7, plus 10.1. The Pack scored 70 or more points 11 times which included twice scoring 81 points.
The Wolf Pack shot 47.4 percent and held opponents 40 percent during the streak. From behind the arc the Pack shot 40.5 percent and opponents 32.1. At the free throw line Nevada converted 65.7 percent of its attempts and opponents 67.8. Nevada outrebounded opponents by 1.8 per game, 34.9-33.1.
Four players averaged double figures during the stretch; Deonte Burton (16.9), Malik Story (14.8), Olek Czyz (13.3) and Dario Hunt (10.5).
STORY TOPS WAC, RANKS 10TH NATIONALLY IN THREE-POINT
SHOOTING - Junior guard Malik Story leads the WAC and ranks 10th nationally in three-point shooting making 44.7 percent of his opportunities. Story has made 76-of-170 attempts on the season. His 2.81 made three-pointers per game is third in the conference and 23rd in the country. Story has made a three-pointer in 26-of-27 games this season.
He made a career-high seven, three-pointers in Nevada’s 80-78 victory over Longwood. Story was good on seven-of-10, three-point attempts versus the Lancers and finished with 28 points on the night. The 28 points is tied with Deonte Burton for the second highest scoring game for the Pack this season.
Story is second on the team and seventh in the WAC in scoring at 14.5 points per game. The 6-5 guard, is shooting 74 percent from the free throw line which is 13th in the conference.
PACK PERFECT IN JANUARY AND DECEMBER - Nevada was 6-0 in December and 8-0 in January. It is the only squad in school history to go undefeated in December and January. The last Wolf Pack men’s basketball team to post a perfect December was the 1978-79 squad that went 8-0 on the way to a 21-7 record. The 1965-66 squad was the last team to have a perfect January going 7-0 and finished the year 21-6.
PACK TURNAROUND IN CLOSE GAMES - Another of the turnarounds for the 2011-12 squad from last season is success in close games. Nevada is 13-3 in games decided by 10 points or less this season with two losses being four point setbacks at nationally ranked UNLV (71-67), and at home to Idaho (72-68). The third was a six point setback in a BracketBusters game at Iona (90-84). The Pack is 6-2 in games decided by five points or less.
Last season the Pack went 6-12 in games decided by 10 points or less. Nevada was 4-10 in games decided by six points or less last season.
HUNT LEADS PACK WITH 11 DOUBLE-DOUBLES - Senior forward Dario Hunt tops the Pack with 11 double-doubles, all coming in the last 19 games. Hunt has double-doubles in the last four games which is the second time this season he has put together a stretch of four consecutive double-doubles.
In the last 19 games Hunt is averaging a double-double scoring 10.8 points and grabbing 10.5 rebounds per game. Over the same 19-game stretch he is shooting 51.3 (82-of-160) percent from the field.
On the season Hunt has 15 double figure rebounding games and 32 in his career. He has grabbed a game high in rebounds 17 times and led the team in rebound a team-high 20 times. In his career Hunt has led the Pack in rebounding 57 times.
Hunt made his 100th career start versus Washington (12/2) and now has 119 in the Silver & Blue. The 6-8 forward, has started 119-of-127 games played in his career. He has started the last 63 games and 96 of the last 97.
CZYZ SCORES CAREER-HIGH 28 - Senior forward Olek Czyz scored a career-high 28 points at Iona making nine-of-16 field goals and 10-of-13 free throws. The 10 free throws made tied his career high and the 13 attempted are a career high. It was the second time in three games he posted a career high after scoring 27 at San Jose State. In the last three contests he has posted game highs and has six on the season.
At SJSU Czyz scored 15 of Nevada’s final 22 points of the game. He also had 10 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season and sixth of his career. At Hawai`i he just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
In the last five games he has scored in double figures. Czyz has scored in double figures 21 times this season which is second to Malik Story’s 22. He has scored in double digits in 12 of the last 13 games and 19-of-22. His longest stretch of double figure games was seven in a row that ended at home versus Utah State (2/2/12) when he totaled six points.
Czyz has increased his average to 13.3 points per game which is third on the team and 12th in the WAC. His 6.3 rebounds per contest are second on the team and sixth in the conference. He ranks sixth in the WAC making 54.9 percent of his shots which is 29th in the country.
At Louisiana Tech he scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season. Czyz grabbed an offensive rebound, scored the basket, was fouled and made the free throw with 37 seconds to play against the Bulldogs to put the Pack up 65-62 as they went on to win 65-63.
Czyz posted back-to-back double-doubles at home with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Hawai`i then had 16 points and 10 rebounds versus Nebraska Omaha. At home against Hawai`i he set career-highs with 11 field goals made and 37 minutes played.
The 11 rebounds are the fifth time this season he has posted a game-high. In three consecutive he games he led the team in rebounds with nine vs. Longwood, nine vs. BYU and seven vs. Bradley.
Three times he has tied teammates for team-high honors in scoring with 11 vs. BYU, 15 vs. UC Riverside and 15 vs. Portland.
In conference play he averages 14.5 points, 7.3 rebounds and shoots 58.4 percent.
EVANS DEADLY NIGHT FROM THREE - Sophomore guard Jerry Evans, Jr. had his best offensive night for the Wolf Pack in Nevada’s 81-57 victory over San Jose State on Jan. 12, 2012. Evan’s scored a career and game-high 19 points making six-of-seven shots from the field. He made his first six shots of the game which included five in a row from behind the three-point line. His only miss was a three-pointer with 4:08 to play. At the free throw line he made two of his three attempts. The 6-8 guard also grabbed seven rebounds which tied for game-high honors.
On the season he is averaging 6.6 points and 4.7 rebounds. He is 15th in the WAC in rebounding at 4.7 per game and is 13th in blocks averaging .63 per game. In WAC play his 42.3 percent shooting from behind the arc is second.
BURTON ON POINT(S) - Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton has put up some impressive numbers in his second season in the Silver & Blue averaging a team-high 15.1 points per game which is fifth in the WAC. In WAC play his 17.6 points per game is tied for second in the conference. In the latest NCAA rankings he was 30th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio and is currently second in the conference at 2.35.
Posted his team-high eighth 20-point game of the season at Iona, two more than all last year. His 18 double figure scoring games are third on the squad. Against Washington he recorded his first career 30-point game finishing with 31 which is tied for the third highest total in the WAC this season.
Seven of his 20-point games have come on the road. In 10 road games he is averaging 20.4 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists with an assist-to-turnover ratio. From the field he is shooting 48.8 percent and 46.6 percent from behind the 3-point arc. His high output on the road was 28 at UNLV and Arizona State with the low being six at SJSU but did have eight assists and no turnovers.
In 16 of the last 20 games he has scored in double figures.
His latest heroics came with the Pack trailing Utah State 52-50, he made a 3-pointer falling down with 11.8 seconds to play to give Nevada the lead as they held on for the 53-52 victory. He finished with 13 points, all in the second half as Nevada won its school record tying 16th consecutive game.
In the 77-74 home victory over Hawai`i he scored 25 points, 20 in the second half to help the Pack rally from a seven-point deficit. With Nevada trailing 70-66 with 4:09 to play he scored nine consecutive points to put the Pack up 75-71. His only three-pointer of the game broke a 70-70 tie and the Pack did not trail the rest of the game. In total he scored nine of Nevada’s final 11 points of the game.
In the Pack’s first two WAC road wins he scored game highs with 26 points at Idaho and followed that with 25 at Utah State. He also averaged 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals with an assist-to-turnover-ratio of 3.7. From the field he shot 59.4 (19-of-32) percent and from behind the arc 46.7 (7-of-15). For his play he earned WAC Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.
For the first time in his career Burton played the entire game logging 40 minutes at Utah State. He also played 40 minutes versus Washington but that game went to overtime. The 10 field goals and 19 field goal attempts at USU were also career bests.
He had an outstanding three game stretch posting game-highs with 31 points versus Washington (12/2), 28 at Arizona State (12/7) and 21 at Montana (12/10) in three wins. He followed that with 10 in the UC Riverside (12/17) game but after battling foul trouble tied his career low with two points against Portland (12/22). Burton had 13 points versus Cedarville then produced the back-to-back 20-point games in the two WAC road victories at Idaho and Utah State.
The majority of Burton’s points came after halftime in the four consecutive double figure games when he scored 66 of his 90 points, 73 percent. After the break he shot 67 (18-of-27) percent, 83 (10-of-12) percent from behind the three-point line and 87 (20-of-23) percent at the free throw line.
On the season 241 of Burton’s 408 points have come after halftime, 59 percent an average of 8.9 per game.
At Montana, Burton made five-of-12 field goals, three-of-six three-pointers and eight-of-nine free throws. He also had five rebounds, five assists, blocked a shot and for the second game in a row did not have a turnover. He scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half.
At ASU he made six-of-11 field goals, three-of-five, three-pointers and 13-of-15 free throws. The 13 free throws made and 15 attempted are career highs. He scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half.
In the Washington game Burton scored 19-of-22 points at one stretch of the game from 5:54 to play in the second half with his final point coming at the free throw line with 1 minute to play in overtime. He scored 19 of Nevada’s final 24 points in the game.
With 4.3 seconds to play he nailed a three-pointer to tie the score at 66 and send the game into overtime. In overtime he scored the Pack’s first eight points and his assist on a Kevin Panzer basket closed out the scoring for Nevada. With 1:41 to play in overtime his fourth, three-pointer of the game put the Pack on top to stay 72-70. He made both of his free throw attempts with 1 minute to play to close out his scoring. Of his 31 points, 22 came after halftime.
Burton’s first 20-point game of the season came at UNLV when he scored a then career-high 28 points versus the Rebels. He scored 20 of Nevada’s 29 first half points at UNLV.
THREE-POINT RECORD SETTING EXPLOSION - Eight different Nevada players contributed to a record breaking night as the Wolf Pack set single game school records with 16 made three-pointers and 32 attempted, a 50 percent shooting clip against San Jose State on Jan. 12, 2012. The old record of 15 came versus Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 11, 1999. The previous record for attempts was 29 that occurred three times with the last being on Dec. 20, 2010 versus Portland State.
Jerry Evans, Jr. led the way with his career-high five, three-pointers on six attempts. Deonte Burton made three in his seven shots from behind the arc with Malik Story connecting on three-of-nine. The five players with one, three-pointer each were; Brice Crook (1-for-1), Keith Feutsch (1-for-2), Jordan Finn (1-for-2), Jordan Burris (1-for-3) and Kevin Panzer (1-for-2).
CARTER NOTCHES 50TH WIN - Third-year head coach David Carter notched his 50th win at Nevada when the Pack defeated Fresno State 74-61. Carter is 56-37 leading the Wolf Pack basketball program. In his first season the Pack went 21-13 and advanced the second round on the NIT. Last year the young squad posted a 13-19 record. The 56 wins is 10th among Pack coaches, nine back of Jim Carey (1976-80) who was 65-46 in four seasons.
BURTON FIFTH PACK PLAYER TO EARN PRESEASON WAC POY NOD - Point guard Deonte Burton became the fifth Nevada player and sixth overall to be selected as the WAC Coaches’ Preseason Player of the Year. Kirk Snyder (2003-04), Nick Fazekas (2005-06 & 2006-07), Armon Johnson (2008-09) and Luke Babbitt (2009-10) were all preseason players of the year with Fazekas earning the honor twice. Snyder, Fazekas (twice) and Babbitt all earned the honor at the end of the season when chosen as the preseason player of the year. Like Burton, Babbitt and Johnson were both sophomores when they earned the preseason honor.
A Nevada player has been named the season ending WAC Player of the Year in five of the last eight seasons with Fazekas grabbing the honor three consecutive seasons from 2003-2007.
Johnson and Babbitt are currently on the roster of the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers. Snyder was first round pick of the Utah Jazz and Fazekas was chosen in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks. Both played for several teams in the NBA.
Burton was the fourth Pack player to earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors last year when he averaged 13.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. Ramon Sessions (2005), Johnson (2008) and Babbitt (2009) were the previous Nevada players named WAC Freshman of the Year. Sessions, a second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, is currently on the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
REMEMBERING MILTON - In remembrance of University of Nevada president Milton D. Glick who passed away of a stroke on April 16, 2011, the Wolf Pack men’s basketball team will wear an MG patch on their shorts. Glick, 73, was the 15th president of the University of Nevada.