Nevada will host Washington Friday at 8 p.m.
Nov. 29, 2011
Nevada (4-3) will host Washington (4-1) on Friday at 8:05 p.m. The game will air on ESPNU. The Wolf Pack has won four of its last five games after starting the season 0-2. The Huskies are 4-1 on the season, 4-0 at home and 0-1 away from Seattle.
Friday, 8:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630 AM Reno; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), Len Stevens (analyst), pregame starts at 7:30 p.m.
TELEVISION: ESPNU - Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Miles Simon (analyst)
Live stats: Livestats Link
WEB STREAMING: none
SERIES HISTORY: Washington leads the series 4-1. The Huskies won 90-60, last year on Dec. 22, 2010 in Seattle. Friday's game will be the first played in Reno between the two schools. Nevada's win in the series was 92-90 in Seattle on Nov. 30, 1988.
UP NEXT: Nevada travels to Arizona State for a 5:30 p.m. PT tip-off with the Sun Devils on Dec. 7.
ABOUT THE WASHINGTON HUSKIES - Washington is off to a 4-1 start for head coach Lorenzo Romar, who is in his 10th season leading the Huskies basketball program. Romar is 199-103 at UW and 292-191 overall in his 16th season.
The Huskies have three players averaging double figures led by 6-5 sophomore guard, C.J. Wilcox who is scoring 16.2 points and grabbing 4.4 rebounds per game. Wilcox is shooting 55.2 percent from behind the arc and 48.2 percent overall. Sophomore guard Terrence Ross (6-6) is scoring 15.8 points per game and is second on the squad in rebounding at 7.0 per contest. Freshman guard Tony Wroten (6-5) is contributing 12.8 points off the bench for the Huskies.
Center Aziz N'Diaye (7-0) tops UW in rebounding at 8.0 per game and is adding 9.4 points and 2.0 blocks per outing. Junior guard Abdul Gaddy (6-3) is the leading assist man for the Huskies at 5.2 per game and is scoring 9.6 points per game. Gaddy leads the Pacific 12 in assists.
Offensively the Huskies average 82.6 points and hold opponents to 70 points per game. From the field UW shoots 47 percent, 46.1 percent from behind the arc and 59.3 percent from the free throw line. Opponents are shooting 39.8 percent, 37.5 percent from behind the three-point line and 60 percent at the free throw line. On the glass UW holds a plus 6.2 advantage over its opponents, 43-36.8.
FRIDAY IS BLUE AND WHITE NIGHT AT LAWLOR - Fans attending Friday's game with Washington are asked to wear either a blue or white shirt based on your seat location. Odd-numbered sections wear blue and even-numbered sections including floor seating, premier and students wear white.
WOLF PACK TO HOLD FOOD DRIVES TO HELP FOOD BANK OF NORTHERN NEVADA AT MEN'S HOOPS, FOOTBALL THIS WEEK
The University of Nevada will hold food drives to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Nevada and needy families in the community at this weekend's men's basketball and football games.
Wolf Pack fans are encouraged to bring donations of non-perishable food to the men's basketball game vs. Washington at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 2 and the football game vs. Idaho at 1:05 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. Food barrels will be available at the entrances at both Lawlor Events Center and Mackay Stadium.
Last game: Wolf Pack Clings to Victory Over Bradley, 64-59 HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. (AP) -- Malik Story scored 20 points, including two free throws with 6 seconds left, and Nevada held on for a 64-59 victory Saturday over Bradley on the final day of the Chicago Invitational Challenge.
Story was 6 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers. Olek Czyz added 18 points and seven rebounds for the Wolf Pack (4-3).
Taylor Brown had 18 points for the Braves (3-3), and Walt Lemon scored 14.
Nevada led by as many as 12 in the first half, but Bradley rallied and was within two, 59-57, with 1:17 left. Czyz hit a layup and a free throw in the final minute to push the Nevada lead back to five. After Brown made two free throws, Story's two from the line provided the final margin.
This was only the second meeting between the schools. Bradley beat Nevada 95-59 during the 1960-61 season.
PACK GOING TO THE LINE - Nevada continues to get the free throw line with frequency having made more free throws than opponents have attempted. The Wolf Pack have made 108 free throws and the seven opponents have attempted just 87. Nevada has attempted 178 free throws, more than twice the 87 opponents have attempted.
The Pack has attempted more free throws in every game than its opponents this season. The high was 25 more attempts than Prairie View A&M and the low was four more than BYU.
Despite the numerous opportunities at the charity strip, Nevada is shooting just 60.7 percent at the free throw line and opponents 65.5 percent.
STORY NAMED VERIZON WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - DENVER - Nevada's Malik Story has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 21-27. The honor marks the second career WAC Player of the Week award for Story.
Story, a junior guard from Pasadena, Calif. (Artesia HS/Indiana), led the Wolf Pack to a pair of wins as Nevada went 2-1 in the Chicago Invitational Challenge last week. Story began the week with a game-high 28 points as the Wolf Pack defeated Longwood 80-78. He made a career-high seven three-pointers in the win over Longwood. In the loss to Brigham Young, Story tied for team-high honors with 11 points. He concluded the week with his second 20-point game of the week in the Pack's 64-59 victory over Bradley. The 20 points marked a game high and he made 6-of-10 field goals including 4-of-6 from behind the arc. For his play at the Chicago Invitational, Story was named to the all-tournament team.
On the week, Story averaged 19.7 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 0.7 steals per game. He shot 48.7 percent (19-of-39) from the field and 53.8 percent (14-of-26) from three-point range.
HUNT SEEKING 100TH CAREER START - Senior Dario Hunt is slated to make his 100th career start on Friday versus Washington. The 6-8 forward, has started 99-of-107 games played in his career. He has started the last 43 games and 76 of the last 77 games.
Junior Malik Story and sophomore Deonte Burton are scheduled to make their 40th career starts for the Pack on Friday. Both have started all 39 games of their career at Nevada.
STORY MAKES CAREER-HIGH SEVEN THREE-POINTERS - Junior guard Malik Story made a career-high seven, three-pointers in Nevada's 80-78 victory over Longwood. Story was good on 7-of-10, three-point attempts versus the Lancers and finished with 28 points on the night. The 28 points is tied with Deonte Burton for the Pack high this season and the high in the Western Athletic Conference this year. His previous high for three-pointers was six that he accomplished twice last season, with the last being against Fresno State in the WAC Tournament.
Story is fifth in the WAC in scoring at 15.3 points per game. He is second in three-point field goal percentage (53.5) and third in three-pointers made per game (3.29) in the WAC. Nationally he is 16th in three-point percentage and 22nd in three-pointers per game. In free throw percentage he ranks seventh at 84.2 percent and overall is 12th in field goal percentage at 44.2 in the conference.
BURTON FIFTH PACK PLAYER TO EARN PRESEASON WAC POY NOD - Point guard Deonte Burton became the fifth Nevada player and sixth overall to be selected as the WAC Coaches' Preseason Player of the Year. Kirk Snyder (2003-04), Nick Fazekas (2005-06 & 2006-07), Armon Johnson (2008-09) and Luke Babbitt (2009-10) were all preseason players of the year with Fazekas earning the honor twice. Snyder, Fazekas (twice) and Babbitt all earned the honor at the end of the season when chosen as the preseason player of the year. Like Burton, Babbitt and Johnson were both sophomores when they earned the preseason honor.
A Nevada player has been named the season ending WAC Player of the Year in five of the last eight seasons with Fazekas grabbing the honor three consecutive seasons from 2003-2007.
Johnson and Babbitt are currently on the roster of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Snyder was first round pick of the Utah Jazz and Fazekas was chosen in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks. Both played for several teams in the NBA.
Burton was the fourth Pack player to earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors last year when he averaged 13.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. Ramon Sessions (2005), Johnson (2008) and Babbitt (2009) were the previous Nevada players named WAC Freshman of the Year. Sessions, a second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, is currently on the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
YOUNG GUNS NO MORE - Nevada was dominated by first-year players last season with nine new faces on the 14-man roster. This season there are two new faces on the 13 player roster. The Wolf Pack returns 93 percent of its offense from last season. All five starters are back in Deonte Burton, Malik Story, Jerry Evans Jr., Dario Hunt and Olek Czyz. Burton, Story and Hunt started all 32 games while Czyz made 21 starts and Evans 20. Four other players who made starts last season are back in Kevin Panzer (10), Jordan Burris (6), Jordan Finn (3) and Devonte Elliott (3). Patrick Nyeko appeared in 26 games last year and earned the team's Sixth Man Award. Junior guard Keith Fuetsch is back for his third season in the program giving the Pack 11 letterwiners on the 2011-12 roster. The two newcomers are freshmen Richard Bell and sophomore Brice Crook.
HUNT RECORDS 200TH CAREER BLOCK - Senior forward Dario Hunt broke the Nevada career blocks record in the season-opener versus Missouri State with the 193rd block his career. In the Longwood game Hunt recorded his 200th career block and now has 207 in 107 games. He came into the season tied with Nick Fazekas (2004-07) with 192.
Hunt had six blocks in the Pack's 66-60 loss to New Mexico State in the WAC Tournament last year to move into a tie with Fazekas. Hunt's 207 blocks have come in 107 games while Fazekas' 192 came in 131 games. Hunt has three of the top five seasons in school history with his best year of 67 during the 2008-09 season ranking third and is the freshman record. In 2009-10 he had 66 which are fourth on the list and his 59 last year ranks fifth.
Hunt is also climbing the Nevada rebounds career chart with his 750 ranking seventh. His nine in the MSU game moved him over 700 for his career. Ric Herrin (1989-93) is sixth with 815 rebounds.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
After starting the season 0-2 the Wolf Pack has won four of its last five games.
Senior forward Dario Hunt recorded his 200th career block versus Longwood. Hunt holds Nevada career record for blocked shots.
Junior guard Malik Story's seven, three-pointers against Longwood is a new career-high.
Story's 28 points in the Longwood game tied sophomore guard Deonte Burton for the high by a Pack player this season and is tied for the high in the Western Athletic Conference this year.
Burton scored a career-high 28 points at UNLV. He scored 20 of Nevada's 29 first half points versus the Rebels and made 11-of-14 free throws in the game.
Sophomore guard Jerry Evans, Jr. scored in double figures four consecutive games until not scoring for the first time this season in the Bradley game. Evans is fifth on the team is scoring at 7.3 points per game and is second in rebound grabbing 6.1 per contest.
Three times this season Nevada has put four players in double figures in the same game. Pacific (11/17/11): Story (18), Olek Czyz (17), Evans, Jr. (11) and Kevin Panzer (11).
Longwood (11/20/11): Story (28), Burton (14), Hunt (13) and Evans (10).
BYU (11/25/11): Czyz (11), Evans (11), Story (11) and Hunt (10).
Senior Olek Czyz has led the Pack in rebounding the last three games with nine versus Longwood and BYU then seven against Bradley.
After totaling 14 assists in the first two games, an average of seven per game. Nevada is averaging 15.4 in the last five games with a season-high 20 coming at home versus Longwood.
In the first four games of the season a different Pack player led the team in scoring. Malik Story became the first player to top the team in scoring twice with his 28 versus Longwood. On the season Story has led the Pack in scoring four times, Evans twice while Burton, Panzer and Czyz have each led the team once.
Story has two of Nevada's three 20-point games with Burton recording the other.
Sophomore Kevin Panzer is averaging 5.9 points per game off the bench which is fifth on the team. He tied his career high with 11 points versus Pacific and led the team with 10 points in the Missouri State game. The MSU game is the first time he has topped the team in scoring. His two three pointers versus Pacific tied his career high. From behind the arc he is shooting 36.8 percent which is tied for 11th in the WAC.
After not making a field goal in the first two games of the season, senior forward Olek Czyz has scored in double figures in four of the last five games including a season-high 18 in the Pack's last game versus Bradley.
Devonte Elliott's eight points in the Pacific game tied his career-high.
Hunt grabbed double figure rebounds in back-to-back games with 13 versus Pacific and 11 in the PVA&M game. Both were also games highs. He has led the Pack in rebounding three times this season and 40 times in his career. Hunt has 19 career double figure rebound games.