Nevada hosts Pacific on Friday in the 2013-14 season opener.
Nov. 7, 2013
Nevada hosts Pacific to begin 2013-14 season: Nevada hosts Pacific on Friday night in the opener for the 2013-14 season for both schools. The Pack posted a 12-19 mark last season while the Tigers went 22-13 a year ago and earned a berth into the NCAA Tournament.
Friday, 7:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
RADIO: University of Nevada Radio 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)
Don Marchand (play-by-play), Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 6:30 p.m. PT
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SERIES HISTORY: Pacific leads the series with the Wolf Pack 53-45 including 78-72 overtime victory in Stockton, Calif. last season. Nevada is 1-4 in the last five games with the victory being a 78-54 home win in 2011.
UP NEXT: Nevada plays its first of three road games at Cal Poly on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. The Pack is at San Francisco on Nov. 15 and Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 18.
Pacific Tigers: The Pacific Tigers will have a new leader in 2013-14 after Bob Thomason retired after 25 seasons. Longtime assistant coach Ron Verlin is the new head coach and will lead the Tigers into the West Coast Conference this season. Pacific was picked to finish seventh in the 10-team conference.
Eight players are back from last years squad that earned a bid to the NCAA Championship and posted a record of 22-13.
Senior guard Sama Taku is the top returning scorer from last season when he averaged 8.1 points per game making all 35 starts. Senior forwards Ross Rivera and Tony Gill scored 7.6 and 7.2 points per game last season.
EVANS RECORDS DOUBLE-DOUBLE IN
NEVADA EXHIBITION VICTORY
RENO, Nev. - University of Nevada senior guard Jerry Evans scored 28 points and grabbed 11 rebounds in the Wolf Pack's 98-57 victory over Montana Tech on Monday night at Lawlor Events Center. The Pack opens the regular season at home on Friday at 7 p.m. when Pacific comes to Reno.
All nine players that saw action scored in the game led by Evans' 28 points. Senior Deonte Burton added 12 points and junior Michael Perez had 10 in his first action in the Silver & Blue.
The Pack shot 52.5 percent for the game and made 11-of-26 shots from behind the arc. Nevada totaled 23 assists as Perez had a game-high seven. Nevada dominated the boards 43-27 as all nine players had at least one rebound.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada has seven new players on its roster this season and UTEP transfer Michael Perez who sat out last season will also see action for the first time this year.
The Pack is looking to snap an eight-game losing skid in the season opener.
Deonte Burton has started all 98 games of his career in the Pack backcourt.
Burton was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.
Burton earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer.
Burton ranks 10th in scoring (1,459), ninth in assists (373), third in free throws attempted (605) and eighth three-pointers made (135) going into his final season.
Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.
All 10 players that saw action in the 98-57 exhibition victory over Montana Tech scored.
2013-14 NEVADA BASKETBALL PREVIEW
With a talented group of newcomers joining an experienced core of returners, the Nevada men's basketball team enters year two of its Mountain West Conference era with high hopes. The following is a breakdown of the 2013-14 Wolf Pack.
Despite the graduation of three-year starting guard Malik Story the strength of the team will once again be in the backcourt with the return of seniors Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans, Jr along with sophomore Marqueze Coleman. Newcomers include junior Michael Perez and freshmen D.J. Fenner, Stelios Papafloratos, and Patrick Conroy.
A starter since his freshman year, Burton boasts a career average of 14.9 points per game. In his time at Nevada some of his honors include; WAC Freshman of the Year, WAC Player of the Year, AP honorable mention All-America, twice named to the MW preseason team and to the MW third-team. His 1,459 career points ranks 10th at Nevada and if he maintains his average over the first three seasons he should end his career in the top three in school history.
Evans is a three-year starter who averaged 5.4 rebounds per game to top the team last season and was third scoring 7.5 points per game. The 6-8 guard missed the final two games of his junior year with a wrist injury but has recovered and is ready to begin his senior season. His career averages are 6.4 points and 4.5 rebounds, starting 77-of-95 games played at Nevada.
The 6-3, Coleman played in all 31 games as a freshman and earned starts in the final two games of the season. Five times on the season he scored in double figures including the two starts when he posted back-to-back season highs with 12 and 14 points. He also led the Pack in rebounding in his two starts. On the season he averaged 4.5 points per game.
Perez sat out last season after transferring from UTEP and has two years to play for the Pack. The 6-3 guard will play primarily shooting guard but also has the ability to play point guard when needed. As a sophomore at UTEP he averaged 11 points per game.
The 6-6 Fenner was named the Seattle Times Washington Player of the Year after averaging 27.3 points per game his senior season. He scored fewer than 20 points just three times during his senior year, over 30 points nine times and twice scored 40 points. Expect Fenner to see time at shooting guard and small forward in his first season in the Silver & Blue.
Papafloratos is a 6-4 combination guard from Athens, Greece. He average 13.5 points and five assists in four seasons at ACS Athens.
The 6-2 Conroy joined the team as a walk-on after lettering four years at Marin Catholic High School in Kentfield, Calif. He averaged 15.9 points, 6.9 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.9 steals his senior season
Three letterwinners return in the frontcourt and four newcomers will battle for playing time this season. Senior Ali Fall along with sophomores Cole Huff and Richard Bell return. Joining them are four transfers in juniors AJ West, Chris Brown, Ronnie Stevens and sophomore Lucas Stivrins.
The 6-9, 250-pound Fall appeared in 22 games last season off the bench. He averaged 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.
Huff started 14 of the 30 games in which he played his freshman year. Three times, the 6-8 forward, scored in double figures reaching a season-high 11 twice. He averaged 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per game.
The 6-9 Bell appeared in just three games as a redshirt freshman.
West averaged 10.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and a nation best 5.1 blocks per game last season at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y. Three times he recorded 10 or more blocks in a game and 11 times had double figure rebounds as a sophomore. The 6-9 forward, posted eight double-doubles all in scoring and rebounding.
The 6-9 Stevens transfers to Nevada from Indian Hills Community College (Iowa). He averaged 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and one block per game for the Warriors his sophomore season.
Stivrins is a 6-11 forward that comes to the Pack from Pratt Community College (Kansas). In his one season at PCC he averaged 5.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game for a Beaver squad that posted a 15-16 record. Five times he scored in double figures with a season-high 14 coming against Sterling College.
A 6-11, 265-pound center Brown is the largest of the newcomers and has a wingspan of 7-7. Illness will force him to miss the start of the season while he recovers. Appearing in six games because of an injury at Western Texas College last season he averaged eight points and two rebounds per game.
PACK AT LAWLOR: Nevada went 10-7 at Lawlor Events Center last season.
Nevada has won 80 percent of its home games over the past 10 seasons posting a 136-33 record at Lawlor Events Center. The Pack has not posted a losing home mark during that stretch and posted double digit wins in eight-of-nine seasons.
BURTON HONORED: Nevada point guard Deonte Burton was named to the Mountain West Preseason Media Team for the second year in a row. Burton was also recognized by Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com as the 21st best guard in the NCAA. Parrish ranked him as the 71st best player overall.