Dec. 5, 2011
NEVADA at Arizona State University
After defeating Washington 76-73 in overtime on Friday, Nevada (5-3) will plays its second consecutive Pacific 12 conference opponent traveling to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the Arizona State (3-4) Sun Devils on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. PT. After starting the season 0-2 the Wolf Pack has won five of its last six games.
Wednesday, 5:30 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Wells Fargo Arena (14,198)
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), pregame starts at 5 p.m.
Live stats: Livestats Link
WEB STREAMING: FoxSportsArizona.com
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series with Arizona State 3-2. ASU has won the last two games including a 78-75 victory in Reno last year on Dec. 17. Nevada lost the only game played in Tempe, Ariz., 76-63 on Dec. 10, 2002.
UP NEXT: Nevada travels to Montana on Dec. 10 to play the Grizzlies at 6 p.m. PT.
ABOUT THE ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY SUN DEVILS - Arizona State is 3-4 on the season after winning 67-64 at Tulsa on Saturday. The Sun Devils are led by head coach Herb Sendek who is in his sixth season at ASU. Sendek is 91-79 at ASU and 345-237 in 19 seasons as a head coach.
ASU has three players averaging double figures led by 6-4, junior guard Trent Locket's 16.3 points per game and he also tops the Sun Devils in rebounding grabbing 8.0 per game. Locket is shooting 56.9 from the field, 38.9 from behind the three-point arc and 71.4 percent at the free throw line.
Sophomore guard Keala King (6-4) is scoring 14.1 points per game and grabbing 5.1 rebounds per contest. Carrick Felix is a 6-6 guard who averages 11.4 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. Guard Kyle Cain (6-2) is averaging a team-high 2.9 assists per game and contributes 6.9 points per outing.
Offensively ASU is scoring 66.9 points per game and allows 65.3. From the field the Sun Devils shoot 47.1 percent and hold opponents to 38.5 percent shooting. From behind the three-point line they shoot 34 percent and opponents shoot 39.3 percent. At the free throw line ASU shoots 71 percent making 110-of-155 attempts. ASU is outrebounding opponents by 5.7 per game, 37-31.3.
Last game: Burton Leads Nevada Past Washington, 76-73
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Deonte Burton scored 31 points, including a game-tying 3-pointer late in regulation and eight of Nevada's 10 points in overtime, as the Wolf Pack defeated Washington 76-73 on Friday night.
Nevada (5-3) trailed 65-60 with 34 seconds remaining in regulation.
Malik Story, who finished with 13 points, hit a 3-pointer with 16.4 seconds left and, after a Washington free throw, Burton made his shot behind the arc with 4.3 seconds to go.
Terrance Ross, who led Washington (4-2) with 18 points, scored the first four points in overtime before Burton registered a three-point play and hit a 3-pointer to put the Wolf Pack ahead 72-70 with 1:39 left.
Nevada led 74-71 with 45 seconds left when Ross cut the lead to a point with a short jumper.
Burton fed Kevin Panzer for a baseline jumper with 18.9 seconds remaining to seal the win.
Olek Czyz had 10 points for Nevada.
Tony Wroten and C.J. Wilson had 14 each for the Huskies.
BURTON HAS CAREER NIGHT DROPPING 31 POINTS ON HUSKIES - Point guard Deonte Burton scored a career-high 31 points in the Pack's 76-73 overtime victory over Washington. Burton scored 19-of-22 points at one stretch of the game from 5:54 to play in the second half with his final point coming at the free throw line with 1 minute to play in overtime. He scored 19 of Nevada's final 24 points in the game.
With 4.3 seconds to play he nailed a three-pointer to tie the score at 66 and send the game into overtime. In overtime he scored the Pack's first eight points and his assist on a Kevin Panzer basket closed out the scoring for Nevada. With 1:41 to play in overtime his fourth, three-pointer of the game put the Pack on top to stay 72-70. He made both of his free throw attempts with 1 minute to play to close out his scoring.
In addition to the 31 points being a career-high it is the high in the WAC this season. The 40 minutes played, nine field goals and 18 attempted were also career bests. The four, three points tied his career high as did his six attempted. He also finished the game with six rebounds and six assists.
REMEMBERING MILTON - In remembrance of University of Nevada president Milton D. Glick who passed away of a stroke on April 16, 2011, the Wolf Pack men's basketball team will wear an MG patch on their shorts. Glick, 73, was the 15th president of the University of Nevada.
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 has made 123 free throws and the eight opponents have combined to attempt just 106. Nevada has attempted 203 free throws, nearly twice the 106 opponents have taken.
The Pack has attempted more free throws than its opponents in all eight games this season. Nevada made more free throws than its opponents in the first seven games of the season. In the last game with Washington both teams made 15 free throws.
The Pack shot a season-high 25 more free throws than Prairie View A&M.
Despite the numerous opportunities at the charity strip, Nevada is shooting just 60.6 percent at the free throw line and opponents 67.9 percent.
BURTON NAMED VERIZON WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - DENVER - Nevada's Deonte Burton has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 28-Dec. 4. The honor marks the second career WAC Player of the Week award for Burton.
Burton, a sophomore guard from Los Angeles, Calif. (Compton Centennial HS), led the Wolf Pack to a 76-73 win over Washington on ESPNU last week. Burton scored a game-high 31 points in leading Nevada to the upset victory in overtime as the Pack rallied from a 10-point second half deficit. Burton hit a three-point field goal with 4.3 seconds to go in the game to force overtime. His 3-pointer with 1:41 to play in overtime put the Pack up to stay 72-70. In the overtime period, he scored Nevada's first eight points and assisted on the Pack's final two points of the game. With 5:54 to play in the second half, Burton hit a 3-pointer which was the start of a run that saw him score 19 of Nevada's next 22 points. He scored 19 of Nevada's final 24 points of the game.
The game marks Burton's first career 30-point game at Nevada and the 31 points is the high in the WAC this season. He tied career highs with four 3-pointers made and six attempted. The 40 minutes played, nine field goals made and 18 field goals attempted are also career highs. In addition to his 31 points, Burton also tallied a game-high six assists and six rebounds.
HUNT MAKES 100TH CAREER START, STORY AND BURTON 40TH - Senior Dario Hunt made his 100th career start for the Silver & Blue in Nevada's last game versus Washington. The 6-8 forward, has started 100-of-108 games played in his career. He has started the last 44 games and 77 of the last 78 games.
Junior Malik Story and sophomore Deonte Burton made their 40th consecutive starts at Nevada in the UW game. Both have started all 40 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 sixth in the WAC in scoring at 15 points per game. He is first in three-point field goal percentage (50) and is tied for third in three-pointers made per game (3.13) in the WAC. Nationally he is 18th in three-point percentage and 27th in three-pointers per game. In free throw percentage he ranks seventh in the WAC at 81 percent.
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 210 in 108 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 210 blocks have come in 108 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 757 ranking seventh. His nine in the MSU game moved him over 700 for his career and the five against Bradley pushed his total to 750. Ric Herrin (1989-93) is sixth with 815 rebounds.
NEVADA ONE OF TOP WAC TEAMS OVER LAST EIGHT SEASONS
Over the last eight seasons dating back to 2003-04, Nevada has turned in a 187-87 record, the second-most wins of any WAC team during that time (.682 winning percentage). In conference games, Nevada has won 98 games, the most in that same time period. The top two teams in wins (both overall and WAC) over the last eight seasons:
WINNING AT LAWLOR -- Nevada has won 82 percent of its games over the past eight seasons posting a 114-25 record at Lawlor Events Center. The Wolf Pack has posted a 55-11 WAC mark during that same stretch, a winning percentage of 83. Last year was the first year the Pack did not win 10 or more games at the on-campus facility in the last eight seasons.
CARTER INKS FOUR DURING ERALY SIGNING PERIOD - University of Nevada head men's basketball coach David Carter signed three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. Guard Marqueze Coleman along with forwards Cole Huff, Raphael Carter and Cheikh (Ali) Fall will join the Pack next season.
Coleman, of Encino, Calif., is a 6-3, 180-pound shooting guard who averaged 13.1 points, 2.1 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif. last season. He earned first-team All-CIF and second-team Mission League honors following his junior year. The Warriors posted a 20-11 record last year.
The 6-8, 200-pound Huff from Altadena, Calif. attends Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood, Calif. As a junior, the small forward averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists per game. He helped the Vikings to a 17-10 record last season.
Carter is a 6-8, 215-pound forward who is currently in his sophomore season at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, Calif. The Columbus, Ohio native earned first-team All-Big 8 Conference and honorable mention all-state honors as a freshman last season. He helped the Vikings to the conference title with a 13-1 mark and an overall record of 26-5. His freshman year he averaged 9.8 points, 8.4 rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
Fall is a 6-9, 240-pound center who is in his sophomore year at Barstow Community College in Barstow, Calif. Last season, Fall helped BCC to a first place finish in the Foothill Conference posting, a 10-4 mark and the team went 22-7 overall. Originally from Senegal, he attended Meitoku Gijuku School in Kochi, Japan. He earned All-Japan honors and was the top scorer and rebounder in the Western Conference during the 2007-08 season.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
After starting the season 0-2 the Wolf Pack has won five of its last six games.
Senior forward Dario Hunt recorded his 200th career block versus Longwood. Hunt holds Nevada career record for blocked shots with 210 in 108 games.
Junior guard Malik Story's seven, three-pointers against Longwood is a new career-high.
Deonte Burton's 31 points versus Washington is a career-high and the high in the WAC this season. Burton's previous career-high was 28 earlier this season at UNLV. It was his first career 30-point game.
Story's has two of Nevada's three, 20-point games with 28 vs. Longwood and 20 vs. Bradley. Burton's 28 at UNLV is the third.
Nationally, Story is 18th in three-point percentage (50%) and 27th in three-pointers per game (3.1)
Hunt made his 100th career start versus Washington while Story and Burton made their 40th consecutive starts for the Pack in the UW game. Story and Burton have started every game of their careers at Nevada.
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 7.1 points per game and is second in rebound grabbing 5.9 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 in three consecutive games with nine versus Longwood and BYU then seven against Bradley.
After totaling just 14 assists in the first two games, an average of seven per game. Nevada is averaging 15 in the last six 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, Burton and Evans twice while Panzer and Czyz have each led the team once.
Sophomore Kevin Panzer is averaging 5.4 points per game off the bench which is sixth 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.
After not making a field goal in the first two games of the season, senior forward Olek Czyz has scored in double figures in five of the last six games including a season-high 18 in the Pack's victory over 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 four times this season and 41 times in his career. Hunt has 19 career double figure rebound games.