Postgame Notes & Quotes

San Jose State at Nevada

March 5, 2009

Game Notes:

-          With the 89-66 win over San Jose State on Thursday night, Nevada improved to 18-11 overall and 10-5 in WAC play. The team has won its last two games and five of its last six.

-          Nevada also won for the 48th time in its last 58 contests at home and is now 84-15 at Lawlor Events Center since the start of the 2003-04 season. The team has also won 25 of its last 29 WAC home games.

-          The Wolf Pack scored 89 points, its high for scoring in a WAC game this year and the second-most points of the season, second only to its 95-39 victory over Sonoma State on Dec. 9.

-          Junior Brandon Fields led the team with 20 points on 7-of-9 shooting, the sixth time this year that he has paced the team in scoring. It marked his second 20-point game of the year and was just one point shy of his season high of 21 points Dec. 17 vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff.

-          Freshman Luke Babbitt added 19 points, while sophomore Armon Johnson had 12 points.

-          Sophomore Malik Cooke led the team with nine rebounds, the eighth time this year that he has paced the team in that category. Cooke also added nine points tonight.

-          Nevada honored its lone senior, guard Lyndale Burleson, who was playing in his final regular-season home game prior to the contest. Burleson finished with six points on 3-of-5 shooting and had three assists (with no turnovers) and one steal. He has now played in 118 career games with 34 starts.

-          Freshman Ahyaro Phillips made the second start of his career. He finished with six points, eight rebounds (second on the team) and tied with Johnson for the team lead with a career-best four assists.

-          Nevada outrebounded San Jose State 41-36, the 17th time in its last 18 games that Nevada has outrebounded its opponents. The Wolf Pack is 14-7 on the year when outrebounding its opponent.

-          The Wolf Pack shot 55.8 percent from the field and 80.6 percent from the free throw line (29-36). That marked the team’s fifth 50-percent shooting effort and the seventh time this year that it has made at least 80 percent of its attempts from the charity stripe.

-          In the last two games, Nevada has made 53.4 percent of its field goal attempts (55-103).

-          Nevada wraps up the regular season Saturday at Boise State. That game will tip off at 8:15 p.m. Mountain Time (7:15 p.m. Pacific Time). It will be televised locally on KAME-TV 21 and can be heard on Nevada’s radio flagship, ESPN 630 AM, and its radio affiliates throughout the state with Ryan Radtke calling the action.


Nevada Quotes


Senior Lyndale Burleson

On Senior Night:

“It was emotional, but once the game started, we put that aside. We played as a team and put together a win.”


“The crowd was great. I appreciated the fans and my teammates. We still have a long ways to go, but it will be a fun end of the season.”


On the team’s improving offense:
“We just trust each other more and starting to get more comfortable. We all know who wants a shot.”


On finishing the regular season at Boise State:
“They’re a good team. We are going to have to play well if we want to go in there and get a win.”


Freshman Luke Babbitt

On playing well at the end of the season:

“This is when we wanted to peak, at the end of the season. We still have work to do, but it felt good to get a win.”


On getting a win for Lyndale Burleson on Senior Night:

“We wanted to play well for Dale. His Senior Night is a night he is going to remember for awhile and we wanted to make it a good one.”


Junior Brandon Fields

On his shot:

“I feel confident. I’m trying to do whatever my team needs.”


On keeping San Jose State’s Adrian Oliver in check:

“He’s a good player. We had to stay attached to him the whole game. We couldn’t give him open looks.”


Head Coach Mark Fox


On the game:

“It’s a good win. San Jose State was playing well, but we had a lot of things to play for tonight, first and foremost, Lyndale’s Senior Night.”


On the start to the second half:

“I was disappointed with our start to the second half. Sometimes Senior Night is so emotional, that you come out flat... Lyndale is one senior who played well. He got us off to a good start. He was able to control his emotions. I’m not sure the rest of us were able to do that.”


On putting together back-to-back good games:

“It’s a game at a time for us. That’s always been our focus. I’m pleased we were able to get the win. We have to take it a day at a time with this group. Our plan was to be at our best at this time. I think we can still improve. Our bench got some good minutes tonight. We’re getting good at the right time.”

On the team’s improving offense:

“We’re confident with each other and what we’re doing. We have enough experience that we’re starting to understand what we’re trying to do. That’s why you’re starting to see improvement on the offensive end.”


On getting a win on Senior Night:

“It was important because he (Lyndale) has meant so much to our program. He’s made a huge impact not only on our winning but with how he carries himself. I’m glad he’ll remember his Senior Night with a win. He’s a beautiful person.”



San Jose State Quotes


San Jose State Head Coach George Nessman


On the game:

“I thought [Nevada] did a great job attacking the basket. I thought they did a great job of running their interior screens and getting guys loose. We didn’t defend very well. We gave up too many easy scores and they are a hard team to beat to begin with.”


“When you give up easy scores, the shooting percentage gets real hot because they got a lot shots at the rim and that’s on our defense.”


On the fouls in the game:

“It was a really physical game. There are a lot of physical games at this time of the year. Sometimes the referees allow the game to get too physical. I think the referees drew the line and neither players adjusted properly.”


“I thought the referees were doing the right thing. They were going to draw the line about physical play. They were not going to let it get out of control. We still have a game on Saturday against Hawai`i.”


On CJ Webster:

“We went to CJ a lot in the second half. He really delivered and he’s done that for us many times and that’s not surprising.”





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