Nevada puts its three-game win streak on the line Saturday at Montana.
Dec. 9, 2011
NEVADA at Montana
Winners of three in a row, Nevada (6-3) travels to Montana (5-4) to play the Grizzlies on Saturday at 6 p.m. PT. After starting the season 0-2 the Wolf Pack has won six of its last seven games. The Wolf Pack's last two wins has come over Pacific 12 schools.
Saturday, 6:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Dahlberg Arena (7,321)
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 5:30 p.m.
Live stats: Livestats Link
WEB STREAMING: gogriz.com
SERIES HISTORY: Montana leads the series 22-17. Nevada won the season-opener for both schools last year in Reno, 90-71.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts UC Riverside on Dec. 17 at 3:00 p.m.
ABOUT THE MONTANA GRIZZLIES - Montana is 5-4 after defeating Montana Tech 64-49 on Wednesday. Head coach Wayne Tinkle is in his sixth season leading the Grizzlies basketball program. Tinkle's is fifth in career wins at Montana with a 96-68 record and has led the Grizzlies to 20-wins each of the last two seasons.
The Grizzlies have two players averaging double figures on the season with junior guard Will Cherry (6-1) leading the way with his 13.7 points per game. Cherry tops the team in assists averaging 3.7 per game and is also grabbing 3.7 rebounds per contest. Swingman Kareem Jamar is just behind Cherry in scoring averaging 13.3 points per game and is second on the squad in rebounding at 5.8 per game. Senior forward Derek Selvig (7-0) is the Grizzlies' top rebounder averaging 6.3 per game and is contributing 6.5 points per night.
Offensively Montana averages 63.8 points per game and allows 64.3 points per game. The Grizzlies shoot 41.9 percent from the field and hold opponents to 41.1 percent. From behind the three-point arc Montana shoots 30 percent and opponents 35.7. At the free throw line they are making 67.8 percent of their attempts. On the glass the Grizzlies are being outrebounded by 1.8 per game, 35.3-33.6
Last game: Nevada Takes Down Arizona State, 69-61 - TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Deonte Burton scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half and Nevada knocked off its second straight Pac-12 opponent by beating Arizona State 69-61 Wednesday night.
Coming off an overtime win over Washington, Nevada (6-3) grabbed the lead in a tight game with a couple of small runs in the second half and held Arizona State off down the stretch. Burton had a career-high 31 against the Huskies and still had the touch going against the Sun Devils, hitting 6 of 11 shots from the field and 13 of 15 free throws.
Dario Hunt added 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Wolf Pack.
Arizona State (3-5) had its best shooting game in seven years the last time out, but struggled in spurts during its first home game since Nov. 18.
Carrick Felix led the Sun Devils with 15 points and Kyle Cain had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
PACK WINNERS OF SIX-OF-SEVEN - After starting the season 0-2 Nevada has won six of its last seven games. The only loss in the stretch was 76-55 to BYU in Chicago. Twice the Pack has won three in a row. Currently the team is in its second three-game win streak of the season. The last two victories have come over Pacific 12 schools, at home versus Washington, 76-73 in overtime and at Arizona State 69-61.
BURTON ON POINT(S) - Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton followed his career-high 31 points in the Pack's 76-73 victory over Washington (12/2) with 28 points at Arizona State (12/7). In the last two games Burton is averaging 29.5 points, five rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.5 steals per game. From the field he is shooting 51.7 (15-of-19) percent, 63.6 (7-of-11) percent from behind the three-point line and 75.9 (22-of-29) percent at the free throw line.
At ASU he made 6-of-11 field goals, 3-of-5 three-pointers and 13-of-15 free throws. The 13 free throws made and 15 attempted is career highs. He scored 21 of his points in the second half.
In the Washington game 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.
Burton's first 20-point game of the season came at UNLV when he scored a then career-high 28 points versus the Rebels. He scored 20 of Nevada's 29 first half points at UNLV.
HUNT RECORDS 12TH CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE - Senior forward Dario Hunt recorded his 12th career double-double at Arizona State (12/7) finishing the night with 14 points and 12 rebounds. It was Hunt's first double-double of the season after leading the team with 10 last season. The 14 points is a season-high and his 31st career double figure scoring game. The 12 rebounds is his third double figure game of the season and 20th of his career. He had 13 rebounds versus Pacific (11/17) and 11 versus Prairie View A&M.
CARTER NOTCHES 40TH WIN - Third-year head coach David Carter notched his 40th win at Nevada when the Pack defeated Arizona State 69-61 on Wednesday. Carter is 40-35 leading the Wolf Pack basketball program. In his first season the Pack went 21-13 and advanced the second round on the NIT. Last year the young squad posted a 13-19 record.
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 has attempted. The Wolf Pack has made 148 free throws and the nine opponents have combined to attempt just 124. Nevada has attempted 236 free throws, nearly twice the 124 opponents have taken.
The Pack has attempted more free throws than its opponents in all nine games this season. Nevada made more free throws than its opponents in eight of nine games. In the Washington game 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 62.7 percent at the free throw line and opponents 66.9 percent. Nevada shot a season-high 75.8 percent from the line in the last game at Arizona State making 25-of-33 free throws. Point guard Deonte Burton made 13-of-15 free throws versus ASU including making his first 11 and 15 in a row going back to the end of the Washington game.
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.
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 second highest scoring game for the Pack this season. 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 seventh in the WAC in scoring at 14.3 points per game. He is first in three-point field goal percentage (50) and is second in three-pointers made per game (2.89) in the WAC. Nationally he is 18th in three-point percentage and 27th in three-pointers per game. In free throw percentage he ranks sixth in the WAC at 84 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, OVER 100 CAREER STARTS - 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 211 in 109 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 made his 100th career start versus Washington (12/2) and now has 101 in the Silver & Blue. The 6-8 forward, has started 101-of-109 games played in his career. He has started the last 45 games and 78 of the last 79 games.
Hunt is also climbing the Nevada rebounds career chart with his 769 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.
CARTER INKS FOUR DURING EARLY 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
Malik Story and Deonte Burton each have two of Nevada's four 20 points games this season.
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 6.9 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 14.7 in the last seven games with a season-high 20 coming at home versus Longwood.
Sophomore Kevin Panzer is averaging 5.0 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 seven 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 five times this season and 42 times in his career. Hunt has 20 career double figure rebound games.