March 10, 2013
#9 Nevada vs. #8 Wyoming: Nevada (12-18, 3-13 MW) plays Wyoming (18-12, 4-12 MW) in the first round of the 2013 Reese's Mountain West Basketball Championship on Tuesday at 5 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Nevada has lost its last seven and Wyoming its last five. The Cowboys won both meetings with the Wolf Pack this season. Tuesday's game is the first for the Pack in the Mountain West Basketball Championship.
Tuesday, 5:00 p.m. PT
#9 NEVADA WOLF PACK
(12-18, 3-13 MW)
#8 Wyoming Cowboys
(18-12, 4-12 MW)
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Las Vegas, Nev.
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 4:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: TheMWC.com
Rich Cellini (play-by-play), Krista Blunk (analyst)
SERIES HISTORY: Wyoming leads the series 9-1. The Cowboys won both meetings this season 59-48 in Reno and 68-48 in Laramie, Wyo.
UP NEXT: With a victory over Wyoming on Tuesday, Nevada would face New Mexico on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. UNM earned the top seed after winning the 2013 MW regular season titl
WYOMING COWBOYS: Wyoming is 18-12 and earned the eighth seed in the championship with a 4-12 record in MW play. The Cowboys are led by third-year head coach Larry Shyatt who is 58-33 leading the Wyoming basketball program and 128-117 overall in his eighth season.
The Cowboys are led in scoring and rebounding by senior forward Leonard Washington (6-7) who averages 13 points and 8.7 rebounds per game. He is shooting 45.4 percent from the field and averages 1.9 blocks per game. In the two meetings he averaged 16 points and 12.5 rebounds per game.
Senior guard Derrious Gilmore (5-10) averages 11.8 points and 2.7 assists per contest. In the two games with Nevada he has averaged 10.5 points. Sophomore forward Larry Nance, Jr. (6-8) is scoring 9.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per outing. In the two games he averaged 8 points and 8 rebounds per game.
Freshman guard Josh Adams (6-2) averages 6.3 points per game on the season but averaged 10 in the two games against the Pack.
The Cowboys are scoring 60.3 points per game and hold opponents to 57.6, a margin of plus 2.7. From the field they shoot 42.3 percent and opponents shoot 42.5 percent. From behind the arc they shoot 31.9 percent while opponents shoot 31.5 percent. On the glass they are being outrebounded 33.1-28.5.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada is 12-18 on the season, 10-7 at home and 2-11 on the road.
The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high seven in a row.
Nevada is making its first appearance in the MW Championship on Tuesday after competing in the WAC the previous 12 seasons. The Pack went 22-14 in the WAC Tournament and captured two tournament titles in 2004 and 2006.
Freshman guard Marqueze Coleman made his first start at Colorado State on Saturday and had career-highs in points (12), rebounds (5) and minutes played (30). Coleman`s five rebounds led the Pack.
After having his career-high 15-game streak of scoring in double figures snapped vs. #11 New Mexico when he totaled eight points, Deonte Burton scored a game-high 27 at Colorado State on Saturday. It was the 10th time Burton posted or tied for game-high honors in points.
Burton began the conference season with three 20 plus point games; 21 at Air Force, 23 vs. #25 Wyoming and 22 at FS. Five times in MW play he scored 20 or more points.
Malik Story scored a game-high 33 points at SDSU. It was his third 30 plus point game of the season and fourth of his career. Story tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers and 12 field goals made. Story scored 31 points vs. Colorado State and posted a career-high 35 vs. Yale.
Seven times in 16 MW games Story has either posted or tied for game high honors in points; 24 at Fresno State, 17 versus #25 San Diego State, 20 at #20 UNM, 31 versus Colorado State, 33 at SDSU, 24 at home vs. UNLV and 25 vs. #11 New Mexico.
Story holds the school record for 3-pointers made with 248 in 97 games played at Nevada. His 643, 3-pointers attempted is also a school record.
Burton's 12 points and season-high 10 assists at SDSU is his second career double-double and first since his freshman year. His other double-double was vs. Pepperdine when he had 10 points and a career-high 11 assists.
Burton's 367 career assists is ninth in school history.
Story and Burton rank 9th and 11th in school history with 1,456 and 1,432 points respectively. The backcourt duo has started all 97 games of their careers. Story (16.6 ppg) and Burton (15.9 ppg) is fourth and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West. In conference play Story (16.4) and Burton (16.1) rank fifth and sixth in scoring. Story has posted 11 game highs in points and Burton 10.
Burton and Story account for 48.5 percent of the Pack offense and in MW play 52.2.
Junior forward Kevin Panzer recorded his first career double-double 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 followed the AF game with 10 points at Wyoming marking the first back-to-back double figure scoring games of his career.
Nevada is celebrating its 100th year of basketball this season. The Pack is 1222-1108 all time.
Nevada has lost by double figures in 11-of-13 MW loses. 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 73.4 percent of its free throws which is second to Boise State in the MW and ranks 42nd 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 71.8 percent.
As a result of a hand injury Jerry Evans,Jr. did not play in the second half against New Mexico and at Colorado State. The CSU game was just the second time in Evans career he did not play. His status for the MW tournament is unknown.
Evans 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 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in MW play. Four of his six double figure scoring games have been in MW play.
In seven-of-15 MW games played 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 is the only time this season that someone other than Deonte Burton or Malik Story led the Pack in scoring. At UNLV his 14 points 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 14 times on the season.
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.
STORY AND BURTON OVER 1400 CAREER POINTS: Senior shooting guard Malik Story and junior point guard Deonte Burton have both scored over 1,400 career points at Nevada.
Story's 1,456 points ranks ninth at Nevada with Darryl Owens (1986-89) eighth with 1,504. Burton is 11th in school history with his 1,432 points. Armon Johnson is 10th with 1,441 points.
The Pack's backcourt duo has started all 97 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.
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. A hand injury forced him to miss the second half of the New Mexico game and the game at Colorado State. His availability for the 2013 Reese's MW Championship is unknown. Evans is averaging 7.6 points and 5.9 rebounds in conference play with a shooting percentage of 42. On the season he is averaging 7.5 points and a team-high 5.4 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 15 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-15 MW games played . In five of the games he either posted or tied for game-high honors in rebounds.
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.
EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT: Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 97 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 48.5 percent of the Pack's offensive production this season and in MW play 52.2 percent. Story averages 16.6 points per game to rank fourth in the MW and Burton's 15.9 is sixth. In MW play Story ranks fifth averaging 16.4 points per game and Burton is sixth at 16.1 per game.
Burton reached double figures the first 14 MW games and a career-high 15 in a row until finishing with eight versus #11 New Mexico. After the streak ended he responded with a career-high 27 at Colorado State on Saturday. Five times in conference play he scored 20 or more points including the first three games of the MW 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. Nine times he has scored 20 or more points this season.
Story has three 30 plus point games on the season and eight 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. After the slow start he has scored or tied for game-high honors in points in seven-of-16 MW games; 24 at Fresno State, 17 versus #25 San Diego State, 20 at #20 UNM, 31 versus Colorado State, 33 at SDSU, 24 at home vs. UNLV and 25 vs. #11 New Mexico. On the season he is making 35.5 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.60 made per game is second in the conference.
In 21-of-30 games this season one of the two has posted or tied for game-high honors in points. Story has 11 game-highs and Burton 10.
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. Currently he has made 248 three-pointers and attempted 643 which are both school records. The previous record holder was Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) who made 227 in 597 attempts in 134 games.
Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists. Story has been successful on 38.6 (248-of-643) 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. His 78 this year is the fourth best season total in school history. As a sophomore he made 76 three-pointers which is the fifth best season in Pack history. The 220 attempted this season is second most in school history.