Nevada Looking To Extend Five-Game Win Streak At Oregon Monday
Dec. 29, 2012
Nevada at Oregon: Winners of a season-high five in a row Nevada (9-4) plays at Oregon (10-2) on Monday at 4:06 p.m. The Ducks have won five-of-six with the one loss being in triple overtime 91-84 at UTEP. Monday's game is the final nonconference game for both schools. The game will be shown on the Pac-12 Network.
Monday, 4:06 p.m. PT
TELEVISION: Pac-12 Network, Jim Watson (play-by-play), Lenny Wilkens, (analyst)
OREGON DUCKS: Oregon is led by third-year head coach Dana Altman who is 55-30 directing the Ducks basketball program and 465-273 in his 25th season of collegiate coaching. Altman led the Ducks to a 24-10 record last season, a tie for second in the Pac-12 and a 2-1 record in the NIT.
Oregon has very balanced attack as five players average double figures from 10.1 to 11.7 points per game respectively. Freshman guard Damyean Dotson (6-5) tops the Ducks scoring 11.7 points per game. Senior center Tony Woods (6-11) is scoring 10.8 points and grabbing 3.5 rebounds per game.
Senior forwards Carlos Emory (6-5) and E.J. Singler (6-6) average 10.4 and 10.2 points per game. Freshman guard Dominic Artis (6-1) is the fifth player scoring in double figures at 10.1 per game.
Another of the Oregon seniors, Arsalan Kazemi (6-7) is averaging near a double-double with 10.4 rebounds per game and 9.2 points per contest.
The Ducks are outscoring opponents by 17.3 points per game, 79.2-61.8. Oregon shoots 46.9 percent from the field and allows opponents to shoot just 39 percent. From behind the arc they shoot 32.2 percent and opponents 31.6. Oregon is outrebounding opponents by 10.8 per game, 41.3-30.6.
Story was 12 of 21 from the field.
Jordan Burris scored 12 points and led with seven rebounds, extending the Nevada's (9-4) winning streak to five games.
At halftime, the score was tied at 36. Nevada shot 57 percent from the field, while Yale shot 38.6 percent. Yale won the rebounding battle 38-29 but made 13 turnovers, and Nevada had 19 points off those turnovers. Nevada only had eight turnovers.
At 10:09 in the second half, the game was tied at 56. Marqueze Coleman made a layup, giving Nevada the lead, and the Wolf Pack stayed in front.
Austin Morgan led Yale with 20 points, and Michael Grace had 17. Justin Sears had eight rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-8).
The Pack outrebounded three consecutive opponents by double figures; Cal Poly (47-31), San Francisco (45-30) and Cal State University San Marcos (44-26) before Yale outrebounded Nevada 38-29 in the last game.
In the five games the Pack averaged 74.6 points per game and allowed 65.8. The Wolf Pack also held a plus seven rebound margin in the five games and in three contest outrebounded opponents by double figures. In three of the games the Pack defense held opponents to less than 40 percent shooting. In back-to-back games the Pack held opponents to season scoring lows as Cal Poly totaled 56 points and USF scored 51 the next game.
In the last two games Nevada shot better than 50 percent including a season best 57.1 percent against Yale.
Malik Story (18 ppg), Deonte Burton (11.4 ppg) and Jerry Evans, Jr. (10 ppg) have averaged double figures in the five wins with Jordan Burris close behind at 9.2 points per contest.
Junior forward Devonte Elliott tied his career-high with 13 points. Elliott scored 13 points for the first time earlier this season at Marshall. It was his fourth double figure scoring game of the season.
Freshman point guard Marqueze Coleman also tied his career-high with 11 points off the bench. Coleman's first 11-point game was against Green Bay in November.
At Washington the Pack held the Huskies to 39.7 percent shooting. Cal Poly shot 32.8 percent against the Pack which is the low by an opponent this season. San Francisco shot 34 percent before CSUSM ended the streak. Yale was held to 38.6 percent shooting in the Pack's 85-75 victory over the Bulldogs. In the first game of the season UC Irvine shot 39.4 percent giving the Pack five games of holding opponents under 40 percent shooting this season.
In back-to-back 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 six games he is shooting 56.3 percent from the field. In those six games he is scoring 10.5 points per game and grabbing 6.7 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 fifth best total in the MW this season. In the Pack's 84-74 victory over Cal State University San Marcos he tied for game-high honors with 18 points which is his season-high and one point off his career-high of 19 set against San Jose State last 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 six games he is averaging 10 points and 5.8 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 six starts he has scored in double figures four times and led the Pack in rebound three times. Coming into this year he scored in double figures just twice, once as a freshman and sophomore. He is shooting 46.7 percent from the field and has five blocks in the last six games.
Since reaching 1,000 career points the two have surpassed 1,100 points and are nearing 1,200 in a Pack uniform. After 80 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 21 points. Story's 35 point game against Yale moved him past Burton into 17th place on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,183 points. Burton is 18th with his 1,162 career points. Ken "Tree" Green (1981-83) is 29 in front of Story with 1,212 points.
See page 7 for a list of Nevada's 1,000 point scorers.
Burton scored in double figures in eight consecutive games until finishing with four against Cal Poly. In three of the last four games he has not reached double figures. 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-high 29 in the Pack's 76-73 victory at Washington.
Story scored a career-high 35 in the Pack's 85-75 victory over Yale and has scored 20 or more points in four other games. 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 10 games making 30 of his last 75 (40%) attempts. On the season he is making 37.1 percent of his three-pointers to rank seventh in the MW and his 2.45 made per game is fourth in the conference.
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, 44-of-76 at Washington and 41-of-85 in the Yale victory. In 10-of-13 games this season one of the two has posted a game high in points. Burton has six game highs to his credit and Story four.
Story surpassed 200 career three-pointers made in the Pack's game against Yale and his 203 ranks third in school history. Next on the list is Terrance Green's (1999-03) 209 made in 119 games played.
In 80 games Story has attempted 512 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 39.6 (203-of-512) 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.
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.
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.
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 five games.
Nevada is 5-1 since making the change at Pacific and 5-0 with the current starting five.
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 13 points at Pacific and had a season-high 18 against Cal State University San Marcos. The 18 points in the CSUSM game tied for game-high honors. 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 last six games the two have combined to average 10.7 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. As a duo they are shooting 52 (25-of-48) percent from the field and 68.8 (11-of-16) percent at the free throw line.
Panzer is scoring 5.3 points and grabbing 5.0 rebounds per game in the last six contests and Elliott is also averaging 5.3 points and grabbing 4.0 rebounds per outing. Twice Elliott has scored in double figures off the bench in the last six games, 11 at Washington and he tied his career-high with 13 versus Cal State University San Marcos.
Four times this season Elliott has scored in double figures after not reaching double digits his first two seasons in the Silver & Blue. He scored 10 points against 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 then tied his career-high with 13 points in the CSUSM victory to give him four 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 56.1 (32-of-57) percent. For the season he averages 6.2 points per game and is fifth in rebounding at 4.0 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 5.9 points per game and is tied for second on the team with 4.5 rebounds per game.
NEWCOMERS ON THE COURT: Two of Nevada's three newcomers have seen action in all 13 games this season. Freshman forward Cole Huff has started the last six games and is tied for second on the team in rebounding at 4.5 per game and is scoring 6.1 points per outing. Huff has three double figure scoring games; 11 versus Cal State Fullerton and Southern Utah and 10 against Cal State University San Marcos. He grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in his outing against CSF and three times has topped the Pack in rebounding. He is playing 20.7 minutes per game
Point guard, Marqueze Coleman is scoring 4.3 points in 10.5 minutes per game. He reached double figures for the first time against Green Bay scoring 11 points in 13 minutes on the floor. He equaled his 11-point outing in the CSUSM win.
Ali Fall, a 6-9, 250-pound forward has seen action in 11 games and is scoring 1.5 points and grabbing 1.9 rebounds per game in 9.3 minutes per contest. Against Southern Utah he scored in double figures for the first time finishing with 10 points and had five rebounds.
Jerry Evans, Jr. has added punch off the bench the last six games after starting 56 in a row. Evans has come off the bench the last six games and is scoring 10.5 points and grabbing 6.7 rebounds per game. Twice he has scored in double figures off the bench with the last being a season-high 18 against Cal State University San Marcos. The 18 points led the Pack and tied for game-high honors.
Cole Huff averaged 7.4 points off the bench but was moved to the starting lineup the last six 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 six games. 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 tied his career-high with 13 points off the bench against CSUSM. He is averaging 6.4 points and 4.8 rebounds in his five games off the bench.
Marqueze Coleman (4.3) and Ali Fall (1.5) have been productive off the Pack bench in the early season. Coleman scored 11 points against Green Bay and CSUSM. Fall totaled 10 versus Southern Utah.
The 71 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.