Dec. 10, 2012
Cal Poly at Nevada: Nevada (5-4) begins a four-game homestand hosting Cal Poly (3-3) on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. The Wolf Pack snapped a two-game losing skid and won for the first time on the road downing Washington 76-73 on Saturday. The Mustangs defeated Menlo 89-43 on Saturday to improve to 3-3.
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. PT
Cal Poly Mustangs
(3-3, 0-0 BWC)
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(5-4, 0-0 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports 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), Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 6:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
WEB STREAMING: NevadaWolfPack.tv (fee service)
SERIES HISTORY: Cal Poly leads the series 5-4. The Mustangs have won the last two meetings; 75-73 on Jan. 16, 1999 in Reno and 71-70 on Jan. 20, 2000 in San Luis Obispo, Calif.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts San Francisco on Saturday at 3 p.m.
CAL POLY MUSTANGS: Cal Poly is 3-3 after defeating Menlo 89-43 on Saturday. The Mustangs are under the direction of fourth-year head coach Joe Callero who is 45-52 at Cal Poly. The Mustangs defeated then #11 UCLA 80-78 on the road earlier this season.
Three Mustang players are scoring in double figures led by 6-7 junior forward Chris Eversley's 16.3 points per game. Eversley also tops the team in rebounding at 7.5 per game. Freshman forward Brian Bennett (6-9) is scoring 10.5 points per game and grabbing five rebounds per outing. Senior guard Dylan Royer (6-1) is scoring 10 points per game and is shooting 46.9 percent from behind the arc.
CP averages 67.3 points per game and is holding opponents to 63.2. The Mustangs are shooting 44.8 percent from the field and opponents 46.6. From behind the arc they shoot 39.8 percent and hold opponents to 37 percent. Opponents are slightly outrebounding the Mustangs, 31.2-30-7 per game.
NEVADA WINS AT WASHINGTON: SEATTLE (AP) -- Deonte Burton scored 29 points and had a career-high six steals to help Nevada beat Washington 76-73 on Saturday night.
Burton scored Nevada's final nine points, including two 3-pointers to help hold off the Huskies, which had rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit to take a 61-60 lead. But Burton answered with a three-point play of his own and the Wolf Pack never trailed again.
C.J. Wilcox scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead Washington (4-4), which had won two straight. Scott Suggs added 19 points, Abdul Gaddy had 16 and Aziz N'Diaye had 11.
Nevada led 53-35 with 14:35 remaining before the Huskies used a 20-2 run to tie the game at 55 with 7:34 remaining of regulation and the game went to overtime tied at 66.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada won on the road for the first time this season defeating Washington 76-73 in Seattle. The Wolf Pack is 4-1 at home and 1-3 on the road.
After seven games of the same lineup Nevada has used a different starting five each of the last two games. Jordan Burris and Cole Huff moved into the lineup for Kevin Panzer and Jerry Evans, Jr. at Pacific. Panzer returned to the lineup for Devonte Elliott at Washington. Deonte Burton and Malik Story have started all nine games.
Junior guard Jordan Burris made his first start at Pacific since Dec. 11, 2010 versus San Francisco State. Burris scored 14 points, blocked a career-high three shots and finished with a game and career-high nine rebounds at Pacific. The 14 points is one off his career-high of 15 set versus Pepperdine (11/6/10) his freshman year.
Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. had started 56 consecutive games until the Pacific game. Evans responded with a season-high 13 points off the bench at Pacific and grabbed seven rebounds. At Washington he scored eight points and had six rebounds off the bench.
Freshman Cole Huff has started the last two games, his first collegiate starts.
Deonte Burton has scored in double figures in the last eight games and Malik Story the last six.
Burton (20 ppg) and Story (16.7ppg) rank 17th and 19th in school history with 1,134 and 1,108 points respectively. The duo are second and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West.
Burton has led the Pack in scoring six times this season and Story three. The backcourt duo each have four 20 plus point games this season.
Burton has scored 25 points or more in four of the last five games including a season and team season-high 29 at Washington the last game.
Burton had a career-high six steals at Washington and Story a career-high eight rebounds.
Burris, Huff and Panzer have each had a nine rebound game this season which is tops on the team. Huff's and Burris' nine rebound performances were also game highs.
Huff has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high three times and Burris twice.
Burris led the Pack in rebounding with six versus Drake and a career-high nine at Pacific. He also blocked a career-high three shots at Pacific.
Burton and Story has started all 76 games of their career at Nevada.
Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 67 career wins. Carter is just the second Pack coach to post two 20 win seasons in a career at Nevada. Mark Fox being the other.
Carter, the 2012 WAC Coach of the Year, has led the Pack to postseason NIT bids in two of his three years. Last year Carter led the Pack to the Western Athletic Conference title with a 13-1 mark and a 28-7 season. The 28 wins is the second most in school history. The Pack also tied the record with 16 consecutive wins.
The 2011-12 Nevada squad reached the quarterfinals of the NIT before falling at Stanford. The Cardinal went on to win the NIT Championship.
PACK PLAYS FOUR IN A ROW AT HOME; Tuesday's game against Cal Poly is the first of four in a row at home for the Wolf Pack. The four-game homestand is the longest of the season. After CP the Pack hosts San Francisco on Saturday.
Cal State San Marcos is at Lawlor Events Center on Friday, Dec. 21 and Yale is in town on Dec. 28.
BACKCOURT OF 1,000 POINT SCORERS: Nevada boasts a pair of 1,000 point scorers in junior point guard Deonte Burton and senior shooting guard Malik Story. Burton scored his 1,000 career point on Nov. 17 against Green Bay and less than 24 hours later Story joined the club, scoring his 1,000 point on Nov. 18 versus Southern Utah. The duo became the 23rd and 24th players in school history to reach the 1,000 point plateau at Nevada.
After 76 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 26 points. After Burton's 29 point game at Washington he moved past Mike Gray (1977-79) into 17th on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,134 career points. Story passed former teammate Dario Hunt (2008-12) into 19th with his 1,108 career points.
BURTON MR. CLUTCH: Nevada fans have come to expect junior guard Deonte Burton to come through down the stretch as he did his sophomore year with a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime versus Washington. A game, the Pack would win 76-73 in overtime as he scored eight-of-10 points in the extra period. Another clutch three-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock at home against Utah State gave the Pack a 53-52 victory last season.
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 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.
Video link to Burton's shots vs. Green Bay and UC Davis -
Green Bay: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/allaccess/?media=355704
UC Davis: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/allaccess/?media=355806
CHANGING LEAGUES: After 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference Nevada is competing in the Mountain West for the first time this season. The MW sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament last season and had six schools advance to postseason play.
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.
BALANCED ATTACK: For the second time this season Nevada had four players score in double figures at Pacific. Deonte Burton led the way with a game-high 25. Jordan Burris (14), Jerry Evans, Jr. (13) and Malik Story (12) also reached double digits.
The first time four Pack players scored in double figures was versus Southern Utah on Nov. 18 when the Pack defeated the Thunderbirds 79-61. Story finished with a game-high 25. Burton (14), Cole Huff (11) and Ali Fall (10) were also in double figures.
In Nevada's last game at Washington three players reached double figures led by Burton's game-high 29. Story finished the game with 15 and Devonte Elliott totaled 11 off the bench.
LINEUP CHANGES: After using the same lineup the first seven games of the season Nevada head coach David Carter has made changes to the starting lineup each of the last two games. At Pacific, Carter inserted junior guard Jordan Burris and freshman forward Cole Huff into the starting unit with Deonte Burton, Malik Story and Devonte Elliott. The two replaced Jerry Evans, Jr. and Kevin Panzer. Evans had started 56 games in a row until the Pacific contest.
At Washington Panzer replaced Elliott in the starting lineup. Elliott was productive off the bench scoring 11 points against the Huskies.
The start at Pacific for Burris was his first start since Dec. 11, 2010 versus San Francisco State. The 6-7 Bakersfield, Calif. native responded with 14 points and a career and game-high nine rebounds. The 14 points is one off his career high of 15 set versus Pepperdine (11/6/10) his freshman year.
Evans has been very productive off the bench scoring a season-high 13 points at Pacific and eight at Washington.
Huff finished with four points and three rebounds at Pacific and played a season-high 31 minutes at Washington.
NEWCOMERS MAKING AN IMPACT: All three of Nevada's newcomers have been productive in the first nine games of the season. Freshman forward Cole Huff is tied for tops on the team in rebounding at 4.8 per game and is tied for fifth in scoring at 6.4 points per contest. He has started the last two games. Huff has two double figure scoring games of 11 versus Cal State Fullerton and Southern Utah. He grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in his outing against CSF and three times has topped the Pack in rebounding. He is playing 20.4 minutes per game
Point guard, Marqueze Coleman is scoring 3.4 points in 9.3 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 1.6 points and grabbing 2.0 rebounds per game in 10.2 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 76 games in their Wolf Pack careers. They are responsible for 49 percent of the Pack's offense production this season. Burton is averaging 20 points per game and Story 16.7. They rank second and sixth respectively in the MW in scoring. Burton is fourth in the MW shooting 49.1 percent from the field and Story is eighth at 42.4 percent.
Burton has scored in double figures in the last eight games with five of those outings being game highs. In the last eight games he is averaging 21.5 points per game. In back-to-back games he scored 28 at Marshall and 26 versus UC Davis. In the last five games he has scored 25 or more points four times including a season and team season-high 29 at Washington in the Pack's last game.
Story also has four 20 plus point games on the season. In the last six outings he has scored 119 points an average of 19.8 points per game. He had back-to-back 25 point 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 six games making 18 of his last 42 (42.9%) attempts.
The duo combined to score 53 of Nevada's 82 points at Marshall, 49 of the Pack's 84 points versus UCD, 31-of-66 against Drake, 37-of-72 at Pacific and 44-of-76 at Washington. In seven-of-nine games this season one of the two has posted a game high in points. Burton has five game highs to his credit and Story two.
BENCH SCORING: Nevada's bench is averaging 20.2 points per game and has outscored its opponents bench in five-of-nine games this season. Cole Huff is averaging 7.4 points off the bench but was moved to the starting lineup the last two games. Jordan Burris was averaging 6 points off the bench but has also started the last two games.
In the Pack's last game at Washington, Devonte Elliott came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 11 points. Marqueze Coleman (3.4) and Ali Fall (1.6) have been productive off the Pack bench in the early season. Huff has two double figure scoring games off the bench this season and the Fall, Coleman and Burris one each off the bench.
A year ago the Pack averaged 10.6 points per game during the entire season. Nevada's opponents this season are averaging 18.2 points per game off the bench.
CARTER'S 67 WINS RANKS NINTH: Head coach David Carter is 67-43 in his fourth season leading the program. The 67 wins is the ninth most wins by a Pack head coach in school history. 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.
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 191 career three-pointers made is third in school history. Next on the list is Terrance Green's (1999-03) 209 made in 119 games played.
In 76 games Story has attempted 479 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 39.9 (191-of-479) percent of his three-point attempts which is ninth at Nevada.
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 AND PANZER POST CAREER HIGHS: Junior forwards Devonte Elliott and Kevin Panzer posted career highs in the World Vision Classic.
Elliott scored a then career-high 10 points against Green Bay and topped that with a 13 point outing at Marshall. Coming off the bench for the first time this season at Washington he scored 11 points to give him three 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 61.5 (24-of-39) percent. In the GB game he made five-of-seven shots, at MU was good on five-of-eight and at Washington made five of his seven attempts. For the season he is tied for third on the squad averaging 6.7 points per game and is fourth in rebounding at 3.7 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 6.0 points per game and is tied for first on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game.
USF PUP CLUB GAME: Nevada's game with San Francisco on Saturday is a Pup Club game. Pup Club members receive free admission to this game for themselves with their Pup Club membership credential, accompanying parents are just $11.00. Pup Club membership credential must be worn to gain entrance at the venue the day of the event.