Nevada Hosts Cal State University San Marcos Friday
Dec. 19, 2012
Cal State University San Marcos at Nevada: Nevada (7-4) hosts Cal State San Marcos (10-4) in the third game of a four-game homestand. The Wolf Pack has won two in a row including a 59-51 victory over San Francisco last Saturday. CSUSM is 10-4 after defeating Westmont 66-52 on Wednesday. Winners of their last two games the Cougars are ranked 15th in the latest NAIA poll.
Friday, 7:05 p.m. PT
CAL STATE university SAN MARCOS COUGARS: CSUSM is a second-year basketball program led by head coach Jim Saia. In year one Saia led the Cougars to a 19-12 mark and an appearance in the Association of Independent Institutions championship game. His record at CSUSM is 29-17.
Nevada is the third NCAA I opponent for the Cougars this season. CSUSM lost 67-46 at San Diego State and 83-60 at UCLA.
Four CSUSM players are averaging double figures led by senior forward Ali Langford (6-7) who is scoring 15 points and grabbing a team-high 5.8 rebounds per game. Langford has not played in the last two games.
Senior guard Danny Redmon (6-3) is averaging 12.8 points and a team-high 4.9 assists per game. Another senior Jose Rivera (6-3) is scoring 12.1 points a contest and junior forward Quincy Lawson (6-6) is adding 11.3 points per game.
The Cougars are averaging 77.9 points per game and allow 69.9. CSUSM shoots 48.9 percent from the field and hold opponents to 44.6 percent shooting. From behind the arc they are connecting on 34.1 percent of their opportunities and opponents 32.2. On the backboards they are being outrebounded 35.6-33.1.
In last two games Nevada held opponents to season low point totals. Cal Poly scored 56 points which was the low for a Pack opponent until USF finished with 51 the next game.
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. In the last four games he is shooting 51.6 percent from the field. In the last four games he is scoring 9.5 points per game and grabbing 8.3 rebounds per contest. In his first game off the bench he scored 13 points and grabbed seven rebounds at Pacific. Against Cal Poly he finished with a career-high 14 rebounds which is tied for the fourth 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 his previous start 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 four games he is averaging 10.5 points and six rebounds. He scored 13 points versus Cal Poly and followed that with 11 against San Francisco marking his first back-to-back double digit scoring games. In his four starts he has scored in double figures three times. Coming into this year he scored in double figures twice, one as a freshman and sophomore. He is shooting 45.5 percent from the field and has five blocks in the last four games.
PACK PLAYS FOUR IN A ROW AT HOME: The Cal State San Marcos game is the third of four in a row at home for Nevada. The Wolf Pack has won the first two and following Friday’s game will host Yale on Dec. 28. The four-game homestand is the longest of the season for the Pack.
BACKCOURT OF 1,000 POINT SCORERS: Nevada’s backcourt 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 78 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 18 points. Burton ranks 17th in school history with 1,152 points and Story is 18th with 1,134. Ken “Tree” Green (1981-83) is 60 in front of Burton with 1,212 points.
See page 7 for a list of Nevada’s 1,000 point scorers.
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.
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 seven games prior to scoring seven points versus San Francisco he 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 eight games making 24 of his last 58 (41.4%) attempts. On the season he is making 37.5 percent of his three-pointers and his 2.45 made per game ranks fourth in the MW.
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 nine-of-11 games this season one of the two has posted a game high in points. Burton has six 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.
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.
Nevada is 3-1 since making the change at Pacific and 3-0 with the current starting five.
At Washington Panzer replaced Elliott in the starting lineup. Elliott was productive off the bench scoring 11 points against the Huskies. The lineup has remained the same the last three games.
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. In the last three games he has eight, eight and nine points. He had a career-high 14 rebounds in the Cal Poly game.
Huff finished with four points and three rebounds at Pacific and played a season-high 31 minutes at Washington.
Since splitting the starting position at the five spot the two have combined to average 10.6 points and 9.6 rebounds per game. As a duo they are shooting 48.5 (16-of-33) percent from the field and 66.7 (8-of-12) percent at the free throw line.
Panzer is scoring 6.3 points and grabbing 6.3 rebounds per game in the last four contests. Elliott is averaging 4.3 points and 3.3 rebounds per outing. At Washington Elliott 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 then 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 averaging 6.0 points per game and is fifth 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 6.4 points per game and is second on the team with 4.9 rebounds per game.
Point guard, Marqueze Coleman is scoring 3.5 points in 9.9 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 has seen action in 10 games and 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 197 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 78 games Story has attempted 495 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 39.8 (197-of-495) 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.
Cole Huff averaged 7.4 points off the bench but was moved to the starting lineup the last four games. Twice he scored 11 points off the bench this season versus Cal State Fullerton and Southern Utah.
Jordan Burris was averaging 6 points off the bench but has also started the last fourgames. Burris scored 11 points off the bench against UC Davis.
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 5.7 points and 4.3 rebounds in his three games off the bench.
Marqueze Coleman (3.5) and Ali Fall (1.4) have been productive off the Pack bench in the early season. Coleman scored 11 points against Green Bay and Fall 10 versus Southern Utah.
The 69 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.
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 1217-1094.
In the AP poll New Mexico and San Diego State are ranked 16th and 18th respectively while UNLV is 21st. Wyoming is receiving votes.
SDSU is 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, New Mexico appears at 17 and UNLV comes in at 18. Wyoming is receiving votes.
Both polls can be found on page 8 of this release.