No. 11 New Mexico At Nevada For Senior Night Wednesday
March 4, 2013
New Mexico at Nevada: Nevada (12-16, 3-11 MW) hosts the 2013 Mountain West regular season champion New Mexico Lobos (25-4, 12-2 MW) on Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high five in a row. The Lobos are ranked 12th in the AP poll this week and 11th in the USA Today Coaches poll. UNM has won five in a row and eight of nine. The game will air nationally on CBS Sports Network.
Wednesday, 7:15 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network
NEW MEXICO LOBOS: Sixth-year head coach Steve Alford has led the Lobos to its fourth Mountain West title in five seasons after defeating Wyoming 53-42 on Saturday. UNM is 25-4 on the season and 12-2 in MW play. The Lobos are ranked 11th in the USA Today Coaches Poll and 12th in the AP top 25.
In the first meeting at The Pit the Lobos defeated Nevada 75-62 on Feb. 22.
Three members of UNM basketball team are averaging double figures led by junior guard Kendall Williams’ (6-3) 13.9 points per game. Williams’ 4.92 assists per game is second in the MW. A preseason MW selection, he scored nine points in the first meeting.
Sophomore center Alex Kirk (7-0) scores 12 points and grabs a team-high 8 rebounds per game. In the first game he scored six points and blocked five shots.
Tony Snell, a 6-7 guard, is scoring 11.4 points per game and had six in the first game.
Guard Hugh Greenwood (6-3) posted a team-high 15 points in the first meeting. Guards Demetrius Walker (6-2) and Chad Adams (6-6) came off the bench to score in double figures with 12 and 10 points respectively.
UNM averages 67.2 points per game and allows 60.4, a margin of plus 6.8. From the field they are shooting 41.6 percent and opponents 34.4. The Lobos are shooting 34.2 percent from behind the arc and opponents 34.4 percent. UNM is outrebound opponents by 2.2 per game, 35.6-33.4.
Story has started all 95 games of his career and is the Pack record holder for 3-pointers made and attempted. He ranks 10th in school history with 1,417 points.
Fuetsch, a Reno native has played in 43 games in his career. He earned academic all-conference honors last season and was the first recipient of the athletic departments “Give Back Like Jack Award” for his community service in 2012. He is scheduled to make his first career start on Wednesday.
The Pack’s backcourt duo has started all 95 games of their careers. They reached 1,300 points in the same game against Colorado State and 1200 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.
Next on the list for Story is Armon Johnson (2007-10) who totaled 1,441 points in his three seasons and 101 games played. Burton is eight points from passing Kirk Snyder’s (2001-04) 1,404 points.
EVANS STARTER IN MW PLAY: Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. returned to the starting lineup after seven games coming off the bench when MW play began. Evans is averaging 8.1 points and 6.1 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 42.5. On the season he is averaging 7.8 points and team-high 5.5 rebounds per game.
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 Pack’s game at SDSU he scored 16 points.
In the 14 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-14 MW games. In five of the games he either posted or tied for game-high honors in rebounds.
Six times in the 15 starts he scored in double figures marking the first time he has more than one double figure scoring game in a season. After two double figure scoring games his first two seasons, one as a freshman and one his sophomore year, he has eight this 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 95 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 47.9 percent of the Pack’s offensive production this season and in MW play 51.4 percent. Story averages 16.4 points per game to rank sixth in the MW and Burton’s 15.8 is seventh. In MW play Story ranks fifth averaging 16 points per game and Burton is sixth at 15.9 per game.
Burton has reached double figures in all 14 MW games with four being 20 plus point performances. In the last 15 games he has reached double figures, the longest stretch in his career. 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 has three 30 plus point games on the season and seven additional 20 plus point games. He scored a career-high 35 against Yale with 24 coming in the second half. In two MW losses he scored over 30 points with 31 versus Colorado State and 33 at San Diego State. He 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, followed that with a game-high 31 versus Colorado State, had a game-high 33 at SDSU and a game-high 24 at home vs. UNLV. In 20-of-28 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. On the season he is making 35 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.54 made per game is second in the conference.
In 19-of-28 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Story has 10 game-highs and Burton nine.
Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists. Story has been successful on 38.6 (242-of-626) 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. His 71 this year is tied for the seventh best season.
In the March 4, AP poll, New Mexico is ranked 12th. UNLV (43) and Colorado State (1) are receiving votes.
UNM is 11th in the USA Today Coaches Poll. UNLV (9), San Diego State (7) and Colorado State (5) are receiving votes.
Three-of-nine Mountain West teams are in the top 20 of the March 4, NCAA RPI report. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 2, UNLV is 14 and Colorado State appears at 17.
SDSU is 32nd and Boise State 44th give the conference five teams in the top 45.
Wyoming (67), Air Force (85), Fresno State (153) and Nevada (166) round out the conference.