Nevada At Pacific Tuesday
Dec. 2, 2012
Nevada at Pacific: Nevada (4-3) travels to Pacific (3-4) for a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday night in Stockton, Calif. The Wolf Pack has lost two of its last three games including a 76-66 setback to Drake on Friday night in the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge. Pacific has lost its last two games and four-of-six.
Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. PT
PACIFIC TIGERS: The Pacific Tigers are 3-4 on the season after dropping two in a row. The Tigers reached the title game of the DirecTV Tournament in Anaheim, Calif. (Nov. 22-25), defeating Xavier (70-67) and Saint Mary's (76-66) before falling 78-58 to Cal. In their last game the Tigers lost 85-67 at #12 Gonzaga.
Pacific head coach Bob Thomason is 417-313 in his 25th season lead the Tiger basketball program. Thomason, the winningest coach in Big West Conference history has announced his retirement after this season.
Senior guard Lorenzo McCloud (6-0) is the only player averaging double figures scoring 12 points per game. From the field McCloud is shooting 52.9 percent and 58.3 from behind the arc.
Ten other Tiger players are averaging between three and just under 10 points per game. Junior forward Ross Rivera (6-7) is scoring 9.6 points per game and grabbing 2.7 rebounds per game. Travis Fulton (6-6) tops the team grabbing 4.0 rebounds per game and is adding 7.7 points per contest.
Pacific is averaging 67.9 points and allowing 67 on the season. From the field they are shooting 47.2 percent and opponents 44.8. From behind the arc the Tigers shoot 39.3 percent and allow opponents to shoot 34.4. On the glass they hold a slight advantage 31.1-30.9.
After 74 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by just one point. Story is currently 19th in school history with 1,081 points and Burton 20th with his 1,080 points. Former teammate Dario Hunt (2008-12) is 18th with 1,103 points.
Mr. clutch has come through three times this season in front of the home faithful. In the World Vision Classic with Nevada trailing CS Fullerton 77-75 on Nov. 16, he drove the lane, scored and converted the free throw after being fouled to put the Pack up 78-77 with 14 seconds to play. It was not all offensive as he blocked a potential game winning layup at the other end of the court then sealed the victory with two more free throws to give him the last five points in a 80-77 Pack victory.
He delivered the next night against Green Bay hitting a game-winning three-pointer from deep behind the arc with 2 seconds on the clock to give the Pack the 71-69 victory over the Phoenix. This coming after GB had just gone ahead 69-68 on a three-pointer. Burton's three-pointer gave him exactly 1,000 career points in the Silver & Blue.
His most recent game winner came on versus UC Davis on Nov. 28 as he hit a jumper in the lane with 3 seconds on the clock to give Nevada an 84-83 victory over the Aggies. He finished with a game-high 26 points.
In the preseason MW media poll Nevada was picked to finish fifth. San Diego State, UNLV, New Mexico and Colorado State placed ahead of the Wolf Pack.
The Pack left the WAC in style winning its sixth regular season title in 12 years in the league. Nevada went 13-1 in WAC play last season.
Point guard, Marqueze Coleman is scoring 4.1 points in 10.4 minutes per game. He reached double figures for the first time against Green Bay scoring 11 points in 13 minutes on the floor.
Ali Fall, a 6-9, 250-pound forward is scoring 2.0 points and grabbing 2.3 rebounds per game in 11.6 minutes per contest. Against Southern Utah he scored in double figures for the first time finishing with 10 points and had five rebounds.
EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT: Nevada's backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 74 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 47.4 percent of the Pack's offense production this season. Burton is averaging 18 points per game and Story is close behind at 17.6. They rank fifth and sixth respectively in the MW in scoring. Burton is sixth in the MW shooting 46.7 percent from the field and Story is seventh at 45.2 percent.
Burton has scored in double figures in the last six games with three of those outings being game highs. In back-to-back games he scored 28 at Marshall and 26 versus UC Davis.
Story tops the team with four 20 plus point games on the season. In the last four outings he has scored 92 points an average of 23 points per game. He had back-to-back 25 points games versus Southern Utah and at Marshall then followed that with 23 at home against UC Davis and 19 in the Drake game. He has been on fire from behind the arc the last four games making 14 of his last 31 (45.2%) attempts.
The duo combined to score 53 of Nevada's 82 points at Marshall, 49 of the Pack's 84 points versus UCD and 31-of-66 against Drake. In five-of-seven games this sesason one of the two has posted a game high in points. Burton has three game highs to his credit and Story two.
A year ago the Pack averaged 10.6 points per game during the entire season. Nevada's opponents this season are averaging 19.6 points per game off the bench.
4-3 RECORD EQUALS BEST START UNDER CARTER, 66 WINS RANKS NINTH: Nevada's 4-3 record equals the best start after seven games for a Wolf Pack team under the direction of head coach David Carter. The 2011-12 team also went 4-3 on the way to a 28-7 record. After posting a 4-3 record last season Nevada won 15 in a row as part of a school record tying 16-game win streak.
Carter is 66-42 in his fourth season leading the program. The 66 wins is one more than Jim Carey (1976-80) for the ninth most wins by a Pack head coach in school history. Carey went 65-46 in his four seasons directing the Wolf Pack. Trent Johnson (1999-04) is eighth with his 79-74 mark. Carter was Johnson's assistant all five seasons that he led the Pack basketball program. Page seven of this release has a list of Nevada's coach records.
100 YEARS OF WOLF PACK BASKETBALL: The 2012-13 season is the 100th year of basketball at the University of Nevada. The Wolf Pack's first year of basketball was in 1913 when the team went 3-1 under coach C.E. Holway.
In 100 years there has been 17 coaches that led the Wolf Pack basketball program and three coached just one season. Nevada's overall record stands at 1214-1093.
STORY FROM LONG DISTANCE: In just two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books. Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists.
Story's 187 career three-pointers made third in school history. Next on the list is Terrance Green's (1999-03) 209 made in 119 games played.
In 74 games Story has attempted 468 shots from behind the arc which is third most at Nevada. Green is second with 592 attempts in his four seasons and 119 games played.
Story has been successful on 40 (187-of-468) percent of his three-point attempts which is tied for eighth at Nevada with Jerry Hogan (1990-94) who made 185-of-466.
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. See page six of this release for Nevada's three-point records.
Elliott scored a then career-high 10 points against Green Bay and topped that with a 13 point outing at Marshall. Those two performances are his only double figure scoring games in the Silver & Blue. In the Green Bay contest he played a career-high 30 minutes. From the field he is shooting 61.3 (19-of-31) percent. In the GB game he made five-of-seven shots and at MU was good on five-of-eight. For the season he is fourth on the squad averaging 7.0 points per game and is second in rebounding at four per contest.
Panzer posted his career-high of 18 points in the Pack's 80-77 victory over Cal State Fullerton (11/16/12) in the first game of the World Vision Classic. The 6-9 forward made six-of-10 shots from the field which included two-of-three from behind the arc. He was also solid at the free throw line making four of his five attempts. On the season he is averaging 6.4 points to rank fifth on the team and his 4.1 rebounds per game is second.
Nevada has won 83 percent of its home games over the past nine plus seasons posting a 130-27 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.