Nevada And San Francisco Saturday At 3 p.m.
Dec. 13, 2012
San Francisco at Nevada: Nevada (6-4) hosts San Francisco (5-2) in the second game of a four-game homestand. The Wolf Pack has won two in a row including a 69-56 victory over Cal Poly on Tuesday. USF had its five-game win streak snapped at Pacific last Saturday falling 67-59 to the Tigers. The Pack also lost at Pacific dropping a 78-72 contest in overtime.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
USF DONS: San Francisco is off to 5-2 start under fifth year head coach Rex Walters. The Dons had a five-game win streak snapped at Pacific last Saturday falling 67-57 to the Tigers. Pacific is a common opponent as Nevada lost 78-72 in overtime in Stockton, Calif.
Walters is 67-68 leading the Dons basketball program. His overall record in his seventh seasons is 98-101.
Three USF players are averaging in double figures and two others are scoring just under 10 points per game. UCLA transfer De'End Parker (6-6) tops the team averaging 17.9 points per game. Parker, a guard, is shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 71.4 percent from behind the arc.
Junior forward Cole Dickerson (6-7) is averaging a double-double scoring 13.4 points and grabbing 13.1 rebounds per game. Point guard Cody Doolin (6-2) is averaging 11.1 points and dishing out a team-high seven assists per game.
Freshmen Tim Derksen (6-3) and Avry Holmes (6-2) are contributing 9.0 and 8.8 points per game.
The Dons are scoring 71.3 points per game and allow opponents 63.4. USF is shooting 46.5 percent and hold opponents to 42 percent shooting from the field. From behind the arc they make 43.7 percent of their attempts and opponents just 37.1 The Dons are plus 6.1 in rebounding over their opponents, 37.7-31.6.
Story hit 5 of 7 from 3-point range. Jordan Burris had 13 points and Jerry Evans Jr. grabbed 14 rebounds for the Wolf Pack (6-4). The score was tied at 15 but Nevada took control from there and led 40-25 at halftime.
Nevada shot 45 percent from the field while Cal Poly made 32 percent of its outside shots.
Dylan Royer led the Mustangs (3-4) with 13 points. Brian Bennett added 10 points. Cal Poly has lost two of three since winning at UCLA 70-68 on Nov. 25.
Evans had started 56 consecutive games but was averaging 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in the first seven games. His high point total was nine and he was shooting just 35.9 percent and in the last three games is shooting 54.2 percent from the field. In the last three games he is scoring 9.7 points per game and grabbing nine rebounds per contest. In his first game off the bench he scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Pacific. In the last two game he has eight points in each contest. Against Cal Poly he finished with a career-high 14 rebounds which is tied for the third best total in the MW this season.
The lineup change has benefited Burris as his production has increased since being inserted in the starting lineup. In the first seven games of the season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds. He made his first start this season at Pacific with the last coming his freshman year on Dec. 11, 2010 versus San Francisco State. At Pacific he responded with 14 points and a career-high nine rebounds. The 14 points is one off his career high of 15 set his freshman year versus Pepperdine. Starting the last three games he is averaging 10.3 points and 5.7 rebounds. He scored 13 points versus Cal Poly and has three double figure scoring games this season. Coming into this year he scored in double figures twice, one as a freshman and sophomore. He is shooting 45.8 percent from the field and has four blocks in the last three games.
Cal State San Marcos is at Lawlor Events Center on Friday, Dec. 21 and Yale is in town on Dec. 28.
After 77 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 11 points. Burton ranks 17th in school history with 1,138 points and Story is 19th with 1,127. Ken "Tree" Green (1981-83) is 74 in front of Burton with 1,212.
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.
Burton scored in double figures in eight consecutive games until finishing with four against Cal Poly. It was his lowest scoring game since Cal State Bakersfield last season. In the eight game stretch he averaged 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 of the eight game streak he scored 25 or more points four times including a season and team season-high 29 in the Pack's 76-73 victory at Washington.
Story also has four 20 plus point games on the season. In the last seven outings he has reached double figures and scored 138 points an average of 19.7 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 seven games making 23 of his last 49 (46.9%) attempts. On the season he is making 41.3 percent of his three-pointers which leads the MW and 2.3 made per game is fifth.
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 eight-of-10 games this season one of the two has posted a game high in points. Burton has five game highs to his credit and Story three.
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.
Nevada went 13-1 in WAC play last season.
At Washington Panzer replaced Elliott in the starting lineup. Elliott was productive off the bench scoring 11 points against the Huskies. The lineup at Cal Poly was the same as the UW game.
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 in each of the last two games.
Huff finished with four points and three rebounds at Pacific and played a season-high 31 minutes at Washington.
Since splitting the one starting spot the two have combined to average 11.7 points and nine rebounds per game. As duo they are shooting 56.5 (13-of-23) percent and 70 (7-of-10) percent at the free throw line.
Panzer is scoring 6.0 points and grabbing six rebounds per game in the last three contests. Elliott is averaging 5.7 points and three rebounds per outing. At Washington he scored 11 points on five-of-seven shooting from the floor.
Three times this season Elliott has scored in double figures after not reaching double digits his first two seasons in the Silver & Blue. He scored a three career-high 10 points at Green Bay and topped 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 57.8 (26-of-45) 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 fourth on the squad averaging 6.6 points per game and is tied for 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 second on the team with 4.7 rebounds per game.
Point guard, Marqueze Coleman is scoring 3.4 points in 10 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 1.4 points and grabbing 1.8 rebounds per game in 9.4 minutes per contest. Against Southern Utah he scored in double figures for the first time finishing with 10 points and had five rebounds.
Story's 196 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 77 games Story has attempted 486 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 40.3 (196-of-486) percent of his three-point attempts which is eighth 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.
In the Pack's game at Washington, Devonte Elliott came off the bench for the first time this season and scored 11 points. Elliott is averaging 8.5 points and 4.5 rebounds in his two games off the bench.
Jerry Evans, Jr. has added punch to the bench the last three games after starting 56 in a row. Evans has come off the bench the last three games and is scoring 9.7 points and grabbing nine rebounds per game
Marqueze Coleman (3.4) and Ali Fall (1.4) 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 18.3 points per game off the bench.
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 1216-1094.
In the AP poll San Diego State and New Mexico are ranked 17th and 18th respectively while UNLV is 20th. Wyoming (15 pts) is receiving votes.
SDSU is 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, UNLV comes in at 17 and New Mexico appears at 20. Wyoming is receiving votes.