Nov. 10, 2013
Nevada begins three-game road trip at Cal Poly: After dropping the season opener at home to Pacific 80-78 Nevada begins a three-game road trip at Cal Poly on Tuesday. The Mustangs lost their opener 73-62 at #6 Arizona.
Tueday, 7:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Cal Poly Mustangs
Mott Athletics Center (3,032)
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); pregame 6:30 p.m. PT
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SERIES HISTORY: The series with Cal Poly is tied at five. Nevada won last season at home on Dec. 11, 69-56. Prior to last season the last time the two schools met on the court was during the 1999-00 season, with the Mustangs winning 71-70 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
UP NEXT: The Pack is at San Francisco on Nov. 15 and Cal State Bakersfield on Nov. 18.
CAL POLY MUSTANGS: Cal Poly opened the season with a 73-62 loss at #6 Arizona. The Mustangs are led by fifth-year head coach Joe Callero who is 63-64 at Cal Poly.
Senior guard Kyle Odister scored a game-high 21 points making 7-of-14 three-pointers at Arizona. Senior forward Chris Eversley (6-7) had 17 points and a team-high five rebounds in the opener. Sophomore Dave Nwaba was the third player in double figures finishing with 12 points.
Cal Poly shot 37 percent from the field and 42.3 from behind the arc. Arizona outrebounded the Mustangs 34-26.
PACIFIC EDGES NEVADA 80-78
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Nevada kept the game close, getting 23 points and four steals from Deonte Burton. Three other Nevada players hit double-digits: Jerry Evans, Jr., with 13 points, Marqueze Coleman, with 12, and Michael Perez, 11. The Wolf Pack tied the score at 78 with 34 seconds to play on a 3-pointer by Coleman.
But Nevada couldn't stop Bock from driving for the winning layup and then missed two shots just before the buzzer.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Of the 10 players who saw action in the season opening 80-78 loss to Pacific four were playing for the first time in the Silver & Blue. Michael Perez, D.J. Fenner, Ronnie Stevens, Jr. and Lucas Stivrins all saw action for the first time.
Nevada has lost its last nine games dating back to the end of last season.
Four players scored in double figures in the Pacific game; Deonte Burton (23), Jerry Evans, Jr. (13), Marqueze Coleman (12) and Michael Perez (11).
Coleman hit a 3-pointer with 34 seconds remaining in the Pacific game to tie the score at 78 but Pacific scored with 6 seconds on the clock. Burton missed a 3-pointer with 4 seconds to play and Evans' tip-in also missed as the clock expired.
Deonte Burton has started all 99 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 9th in scoring (1,482), eighth in assists (376), third in free throws attempted (618) and eighth in three-pointers made (136) at Nevada.
Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.
BURTON IN PACK RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Deonte Burton will be making his 100th career start at Cal Poly on Tuesday, every game since stepping on campus. Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
After his 23 points in the opener versus Pacific he has scored 1,482 points which moved past former teammate Malik Story (2010-13) into ninth on Nevada scoring list. Next on the list is Darryl Owens (1986-89) and his 1,503 points.
Burton dished out three assists giving him 376 for his career which moved him past Mike Mardian's (1974-76) 373 into eighth. Pete Padgett (1972-76) is seventh with 389.
He also tied Jimmy Carroll (1997-98) for sixth with 397 three-pointers attempted.
The Los Angeles native ranks in four other career categories; eighth with 125 steals, second with 468 free throws made, third with 617 free throws attempted and eighth with 136 three-pointers made.
BURTON HONORED: Senior guard Deonte Burton has received several honors already this season. Burton was named to the Mountain West preseason team for the second year in a row. He was selected to the CollegeSportsMadness.com preseason MW first-team.
Selected as one of the top 30 guards according to College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com and he ranked him 71st in his top 100 players.
This past summer Burton was one of 29 collegiate basketball players that received an invitation from USA Basketball today to compete for a spot on the roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games. He did not earn a spot on the squad that competed in Kazan, Russia.
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 has won 80 percent of its home games over the past 10 plus seasons posting a 136-34 record at Lawlor Events Center. The Pack has not posted a losing home mark during that stretch and posted double digit wins in nine-of-10 seasons.
RECORD AT LAWLOR EVENTS CENTER (since 2003-04)
Year Overall Conference Play
2003-04 15-0 9-0
2004-05 13-4 7-2 (also 0-1 in WAC Tournament)
2005-06 17-1 7-1 (also 3-0 in WAC Tournament)
2006-07 15-1 8-0
2007-08 13-3 7-1
2008-09 13-8 5-3 (also 2-1 in WAC Tournament)
2009-10 15-2 7-1 (also 1-1 in WAC Tournament)
2010-11 9-5 5-3
2011-12 16-2 6-1
2012-13 10-7 2-6
Totals 136-34 63-18 (69-20 with conference tournaments)