Dec. 15, 2011
UC Riverside at NEVADA
Winners of a season-high four in a row, Nevada (7-3) hosts UC Riverside (4-5) on Saturday at 3:05 p.m. PT. After starting the season 0-2 the Wolf Pack has won seven of its last eight games.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
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 2:30 p.m.
Live stats: Livestats Link
WEB STREAMING: NevadaWolfPack.tv
SERIES HISTORY: The series with UC Riverside is tied at one game apiece with each school winning at home. UCR won the first meeting 71-65 on Dec. 20, 1967 and Nevada won the next season in Reno, 86-71 on Jan. 4, 1969.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts Portland on Thursday, Dec. 22 at 7:00 p.m.
ABOUT THE UC RIVERSIDE HIGHLANDERS - Winners of two in a row and three-of-four UC Riverside is 4-5 on the season. The Highlanders are led by fifth-year head coach Jim Woolridge who is 54-75 at UCR. Overall Woolridge is 366-312 in his 24th season of coaching.
UCR is led by 6-4 senior guard Phil Martin who averages 16.6 points per game and a team-high 6.1 rebounds per outing. Martin shoots 38.6 percent from the field and 34.3 percent from three-point range. Santa Clara transfer Robert Smith (5-11) has played the last two games after becoming eligible, and is averaging 11.0 points per contest and is shooting 47.4 percent. Guard Kareem Niltoto (6-1) is contributing 9.2 points per game and averages a team-high 2.2 assist per contest.
Offensively the Highlanders average 59.4 points per game and allow 60.2. UCR is shooting 40 percent on the season and holding opponents 38.8 percent shooting. From behind the three-point line they shoot 31.6 percent and opponents shoot 28.8. At the free throw line the Highlanders are making 70.7 percent of their opportunities. On the backboards UCR holds a slight advantage over its opponents, 34.9-34.7.
Last game: NEVADA HOLDS OFF MONTANA, 70-64 - MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Deonte Burton scored 21 points, Olek Czyz had 17 points and nine rebounds, and Nevada held off former Big Sky Conference rival Montana for a 70-64 win Saturday.
Malik Story added 11 points for the Wolf Pack (7-3), and he and Burton each nailed three 3-pointers. Dario Hunt had 10 points and 10 rebounds.
Will Cherry led the Grizzlies (5-5) with 17 points. Kareem Jamar and Art Steward scored 12 apiece.
Montana led 30-26 at halftime, but Nevada opened the second half with a 12-0 run to take control. The Grizzlies tied it 50-50 on a Derek Selvig 3-pointer with 7:10 to play and 52-52 a minute later on a Steward dunk.
Burton then converted a four-point play after being fouled on a 3-pointer, and the Wolf Pack led the rest of the way. Burton made five free throws in the final 33 seconds to seal the win.
PACK WINNERS OF SEVEN-OF-EIGHT - After starting the season 0-2 Nevada has won seven of its last eight games and a season-high four in a row. The only loss in the stretch was 76-55 to BYU in Chicago. Two of the last three victories have come on the road at Arizona State and Montana. Last season the Pack was 2-8 after 10 games.
BURTON ON POINT(S) - Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton has been offensive in the Pack last three games scoring game-highs with 31 points versus Washington (12/2), 28 at Arizona State (12/7) and 21 at Montana (12/10). Burton is averaging 26.7 points, 4.7 assists, 5.0 rebounds and 1.7 steals in 37.7 minutes per game. He is shooting 48.8 (20-of-41) percent from the field which includes 58.8 (10-of-17) percent from behind the three-point arc. At the free throw line he is shooting 78.9 (30-of-38) percent and had a stretch of making 15 in a row. He has made 25 of his last 28 free throws, 89 percent.
The majority of Burton’s points have come after halftime in the three games when he has scored 58 of his 80 points, 73 percent. After the break he is shooting 65 (15-of-23) percent, 82 (9-of-11) percent from behind the three-point line and 86 (19-of-22) percent at the free throw line.
At Montana, Burton made 5-of-12 field goals, 3-of-6 three-pointers and 8-of-9 free throws. He also had five rebounds, five assists, blocked a shot and for the second game in a row did not have a turnover. He scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half.
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 are career highs. He scored 21 of his 28 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. Of his 31 points, 22 came after halftime.
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.
In the Western Athletic Conference he ranks in eight categories. His 15.7 points per game is third, 2.37 assist to turnover ratio leads the WAC, 4.5 assists per game is tied for third, 1.3 steals per game is tied for seventh, 1.8 three-pointers made per game is ninth and 31.7 minutes per game is eighth. He ranks eighth in free throw percentage making 78.7 percent of his opportunities and 40.9 percent from three-point range is seventh.
HUNT RECORDS BACK-TO-BACK DOUBLE-DOUBLES - Senior forward Dario Hunt has recorded back-to-back double-doubles in the Pack’s last two victories. Hunt had 14 points and 12 rebounds in the 69-61 victory at Arizona then followed it up with 10 points and 10 rebounds in a 70-64 victory at Montana. It was the 13 double-double of his career and second this year. The 14 points at ASU is his season high.
In the last seven games Hunt is averaging 10.1 points and eight rebounds per game. Over the same seven-game stretch he is shooting 52.6 (30-of-57) percent.
On the season Hunt has four double figure rebounding games. He grabbed a season-high 13 versus Pacific and he followed that with 11 in the Prairie View A&M game. In his career he has 21 career double figure rebound games. In the last three games he has led the Pack in rebounding and a total of six times this year and 43 times in his career.
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 161 free throws and the 10 opponents have combined to attempt just 153. Nevada has attempted 255 free throws, over 100 more than opponents have attempted, 153.
The Pack has attempted more free throws than its opponents in nine-of-10 games this season. Montana became the first team to attempt more free throws than Nevada in a game this season, 29 for the Grizzlies and 19 for the Wolf Pack. The Montana game also marked the first time an opponent has made more free throws than the Pack, 21 for UM and 13 for Nevada. 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 63.1 percent at the free throw line and opponents 68 percent. Nevada shot a season-high 75.8 percent from the line 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.
Sophomore Malik Story tops the team with his 84 percent from the free throw line which ranks fifth in the Western Athletic Conference. Burton is eighth in the WAC shooting 78.7 percent from the line.
BURTON NAMED VERIZON WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK - DENVER - For the second consecutive week, Nevada's Deonte Burton has been named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Men's Basketball Player of the Week for the week of Dec. 5-11. The honor marks the third 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 pair of road victories over Arizona State and Montana last week. Burton began the week scoring a game-high 28 points in a 69-61 victory at Arizona State, connecting on 6-of-11 field goals, 3-of-6 three-pointers and 13-of-15 free throws. It was Nevada's second consecutive victory over a Pac-12 opponent. In a 70-64 win at Montana, Burton again posted a game-high for the third consecutive outing scoring 21 points on 5-of-12 shooting, including 3-of-6 makes from beyond the arc. He finished the night against Montana with a game-high five assists without a turnover.
On the week, Burton averaged 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He shot 47.8 percent (11-of-23) from the field, 54.5 percent (6-of-11) from three-point range and 87.5 percent (21-of-24) from the free throw line.
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 ninth in the WAC in scoring at 14 points per game. He is first in three-point field goal percentage (50.9) and is tied for second in three-pointers made per game (2.9) in the WAC. The 6-5 guard, is shooting 84 percent from the free throw line to rank fifth in the conference and his 2.1 assists per game is 14th.
Nationally he is ninth in three-point percentage and 30th in three-pointers per game.
CARTER NOTCHES 40TH WIN - Third-year head coach David Carter notched his 40th win at Nevada when the Pack defeated Arizona State 69-61. Carter is 41-35 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.
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 letterwinners 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 214 in 110 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 102 in the Silver & Blue. The 6-8 forward, has started 102-of-110 games played in his career. He has started the last 46 games and 79 of the last 80 games.
Hunt is also climbing the Nevada rebounds career chart with his 779 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.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
A Nevada player has earned WAC Player of the Week honors the last three weeks and three-of-five on the season. Malik Story earned the honor Nov. 21-27 and Deonte Burton the last two weeks, Nov. 28-Dec. 4 and Dec. 5-11.
After starting the season 0-2 Nevada has won seven of its last eight games.
Nevada has won a season-high four games in a row.
Nevada is 7-3 after 10 games this year. Last season the Pack was 2-8 after 10 contests.
The Pack is 3-2 away from Reno this season, 2-1 in true road games and 1-1 on neutral courts. Last year Nevada went 0-10 away from Lawlor Events Center before winning at Boise State 69-67 on Jan 15, 2011.
The Montana game is the first time this season the Pack did not attempt more free throws than its opponent. The Grizzlies attempted 29 free throws compared to 19 for the Wolf Pack. It is also the first time an opponent made more free throws than Nevada, 21 made for Montana and just 13 for the Pack.
Burton has posted game-highs the last three contests with 31 vs. Washington (12/2), 28 at Arizona State (12/7) and 21 at Montana (12/10).
Nationally, Story is ninth in three-point percentage (50.9%) and 30th in three-pointers per game (2.9).
Senior Dario Hunt has posted double-doubles each of the last two games with 14 points and 12 rebounds at Arizona State (12/7) and 10 points and 10 rebounds at Montana (12/10).
Hunt made his 100th career start versus Washington while Story and Burton made their 40th consecutive starts for the Pack in the UW game. Hunt has now started 102 games while Story and Burton has started all 42 games 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 did not score at Montana and did not attempt a shot. He is fifth on the team in scoring averaging 6.2 points per game and is third in rebounding at 5.6 per game.
Four 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).
Montana (12/10/11): Burton (21), Czyz (17), 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 in the last eight 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, Czyz has scored in double figures in six of the last eight 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 six times this season and 43 times in his career. Hunt has 21 career double figure rebound games.