Dec. 30, 2013
Nevada opens Mountain West play at San José State Wednesday: Nevada (5-8) begins its second season in the Mountain West at San José State (6-6) on Wednesday evening at 7 p.m. The Spartans are competing in the MW for the first time this season. The Wolf Pack has lost six-of-eight games while SJSU has won four in a row.
Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(5-8, 0-0 MW)
San José State Spartans
(6-6, 0-0 MW)
The Event Center (5,000)
San Jose, Calif.
FREE VIDEO STREAM: http://www.sjsuspartans.com/videos/#
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RADIO: University of Nevada Radio Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and
KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series 51-47. The Wolf Pack has won the last 11 meetings and 21 of the last 22. In the last meeting the Pack defeated the Spartans 54-44 on March 8, 2012 in the WAC Tournament played at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Spartans last victory was 62-60 on Jan. 10, 2008 at home.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts Wyoming at 3:05 p.m. on Saturday. The game will air on Root Sports.
San Jose State (6-6, 0-0 MW)
Series: Nevada leads 51-47
Last meeting: The Wolf Pack won 54-44 on March 8, 2012 at the WAC Tournament in Las Vegas.
Coach: Dave Wojcik (Loyola Univ. Maryland, 1991)
at SJSU: 6-6 (First season)
Double figure scorers: G-Rashad Muhammad, 6-6 (17.3 ppg), F-Jaleel Williams, 6-7 (11.8 ppg), G-Devante Wilson, 6-4 (10.1 ppg)
Leading rebounders: F-Chris Cunningham, 6-9 (7.1 rpg), F-Jaleel Williams, 6-7 (6.6 rpg)
Assist leaders: G-D.J. Brown, 6-2 (3.4 apg), G-Jalen James, 6-3 (3.3 apg)
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
- Nevada's 80-77 overtime loss to Long Beach State dropped the Pack to 2-4 at home and 2-6 in the last eight games.
- The Wolf Pack grabbed a season-high 42 rebounds at UC Davis and the plus 18 rebound margin is a season best. The Pack outrebounded Cal 34-23 the next game. The plus 11 rebound margin is the second best of the season.
- Six times this season Nevada has won the rebound battle, four coming in the last five games. The Pack is 4-2 when outrebounding its opponent.
- Nevada is 3-4 away from Reno this season, 3-2 in away games and 0-2 on neutral courts. Last year the Pack won just two games away from Reno. They were 2-11 in 13 true road games and 2-12 away from Lawlor Events Center.
- Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.
- The Pack is 3-4 in games decided by five points or less. Five games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-2 in those contests. The Pack is 1-1 in overtime.
- Four Nevada players average double figure points; Deonte Burton (22.5), Jerry Evans, Jr. (15.3), Michael Perez (12.4) and Cole Huff (10.2).
- Burton averages 39 minutes per game to lead NCAA I. In the last five games he has played 209 of a possible 210 minutes. Five times he has played the entire game this season which in includes all 45 minutes in the overtime game against Long Beach State. He played 44 minutes in the UC Davis overtime game.
- Burton's 22.5 points per game leads the MW and ranks ninth nationally.
- Burton scored his 1,700th point in the Omaha game and his current 1,752 points ranks fourth in school history. Edgar Jones (1975-79) is third with 1,877 points.
- Burton has scored 19 or more points in all 13 games this season. He had 19 points in three games and scored 20 or more points in the other 10 games. Six times he posted game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at Bakersfield, 28 vs. Chattanooga, 19 vs. Morehead State and 26 at Cal.
- Evans has four career games of scoring 20 or more points in a game and all have come in the last seven games. He scored a career-high 25 points at UC Davis, had 24 vs. Omaha, 21 vs. LBSU and 20 vs. #19 UCLA. On the season he second on the team scoring 15.2 points per game which also ranks 12th in the MW.
- Evans is averaging 19.1 points, is shooting 57.7 (45-of-78) percent from the field and 50 (16-of-32) from behind the arc in the last seven games. In the last five games he is averaging 21.2 points, is shooting 64.8 (35-of-54) percent from the field and 54.2 (13-of-24) percent from three-point range.
- Evans stretch of five consecutive double figure scoring games is a career best.
- Three times Evans has led the team in scoring with 25 at UCD, 24 vs. Omaha and 21 vs. LBSU. He tied Burton for the honor with 20 vs. #19 UCLA.
- Burton has the led team in scoring in nine games and tied Jerry Evans, Jr. for the honor vs. #19 UCLA as both scored 20 points.
- Burton tied his career-high with 31 points at USF. Burton's 20 field attempted was a career best while the 11 made field goals and four 3-pointers made tied his career highs.
- Evans tops the team averaging 6.2 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high six times. He has played in 107 games and started 88.
- Evans recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds versus Long Beach State.
- Sophomore Cole Huff posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game. The 10 rebounds is a career best.
- Huff scored a career-high 16 points in the Long Beach State game.
- Junior guard Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points at Cal. He also scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA. Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season. Nine times this season he has scored in double figures including the last four games.
- Twice Perez led the team in rebounding with six at Cal Poly and tied for game high honors with eight at Cal. His 4.3 rebounds per game is third on the team.
- Junior AJ West made his first career start in the Long Beach State game. It was just his second game after being cleared by the NCAA to play. He is averaging five points, five rebounds and two blocks in the two games.
- Ronnie Stevens, Jr. scored 13 points and had nine rebounds at UC Davis which are both season highs. The nine rebounds was a game high. He has not played in the last three games and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after having surgery to repair a stress fracture.
- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA. Coleman has not played in the last three games and is slated to miss 2-4 weeks after having eye surgery.
- Senior forward Ali Fall has missed three of the last five games with an ankle injury. Fall should return for the SJSU game.
- Head coach David Carter is 79-66 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack. Carter is tied with his mentor Trent Johnson's (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.
- Burton was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.
- Burton earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer.
MW SET TO BEGIN: Nevada begins its second season in the Mountain West at San José State on Wednesday night. In year one the Wolf Pack finished last in the nine team league with a 3-13 record.
With the addition of SJSU and Utah State the league will be 11 teams this season. The nine returning members are Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State, Air Force, New Mexico, Wyoming, Boise State and Fresno State. UNM was picked in the preseason coaches poll to repeat as MW Champions. The Pack were picked to finish ninth.
EVANS RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against Long beach State on Saturday. The 6-8 guard is stepping up his game in his final season. Evans has played in 107 games during his career and made 88 starts.
Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 15.3 points per game to rank second on the team and 12th in the MW. Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has career average of 7.3.
In 10-of-12 games Evans has scored in double figures and four times scored 20 or more points. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come in the last seven games. His first career 20-point game came versus #19 UCLA in Las Vegas. At UC Davis he scored a career-high 25 points. He posted team-highs with 24 versus Omaha and 21 against Long Beach State.
Three times he led the team in scoring at UCD, versus Omaha and against LBSU. The 20 points against UCLA tied Deonte Burton for team-high honors.
Evans is averaging 19.1 points, 6.1 rebounds and is shooting 57.7 (45-of-78) percent in the last seven games. From behind the arc he has made 16-of-32 attempts. Over the last five games he is average is 21.2 points and six rebounds per game. He is shooting 64.8 (35-of-54) percent in those five games and 54.2 (13-of-24) percent from behind the arc.
His 52.6 field goal percentage ranks fifth in the MW.
BALANCED ATTACK: Nevada uses a balanced scoring attack with four player averaging double figures. All four are starters for the Wolf Pack. Seven times this season four Wolf Pack players scored in double figures in a game; versus Pacific, at USF, against Chattanooga, versus #19 UCLA, at UC Davis, in the Iona contest and the Long Beach State game.
Senior guard Deonte Burton leads the MW and ranks ninth nationally averaging 22.5 points per game. Burton has scored 19 or more points in every game this season.
Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team and 12th in the MW scoring 15.3 points per contest. Evans has scored in double figures in 10-of-12 games played. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come in the last seven games.
Junior newcomer Michael Perez is third on the squad scoring 12.4 points per game. Perez has reached double figures in the last four games and nine times on the season.
The fourth player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 10.2 points per game. Huff scored a career-high 16 points versus Long Beach State and has reached double figures six times.
HUFF POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE: Sophomore forward Cole Huff recorded his first career double-double and first of the season by a Pack player with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game. The 10 rebounds is also a career high.
Huff made 5-of-10 shots from the field including 2-or-4 from behind the arc. He grabbed two offensive rebounds and eight defensive boards.
WEST CRACKS STARTING LINEUP: After being cleared by the NCAA to play, junior forward AJ West made his Wolf Pack debut against Iona and cracked the starting lineup in his second game against Long Beach State.
West scored four points, grabbed five and blocked a shot in 17 minutes versus the Gaels. Against LBSU he scored six points, had five rebounds and blocked three shots in 24 minutes.
The 6-9 forward averaged 10.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.1 blocks his sophomore year at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
One piece of irony is that West's first game for the Pack came against another school from New Rochelle, N.Y. The Iona and Monroe College campuses are located 1.3 miles from each other.
COLEMAN AND STEVENS, JR. OUT: Bothered by eye problems throughout the season and after suffering further injury in the game at Cal, sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman will miss 2-4 weeks after having surgery.
Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. missed the Omaha game and had surgery to repair a stress fracture. Stevens is expected to also miss from 2-4 weeks.
BURTON CHASING JONES: Senior guard Deonte Burton began his senior season 10th in scoring at Nevada and after 13 games has climbed to fourth with 1,752 points. Burton is chasing Edgar Jones (1975-79) for third, who scored 1,877 points at Nevada.
In addition to scoring Burton who made his 111th consecutive start in the Long Beach State game, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
Burton's 423 assists ranks seventh, 14 back of Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 145 steals is 10 behind Curtis High's (1983-85) 155 for fifth.
His 162 three-points made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170. In 111 games he has attempted 468 three-pointers to rank fifth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
In his career Burton has made 535 free throws which is second to Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) 546. In the Missouri game Burton moved past Fazekas and now has attempted a school record 708 free throws.
CARTER CATCHES JOHNSON: The victory over Iona gave fifth-year head coach David Carter his 79th career win at Nevada which tied his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04) for eighth most in school history.
Carter is 79-66 at Nevada and Johnson went 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Wolf Pack. Johnson brought Carter to Nevada as an assistant coach. Pat Foster (1993-99) is seventh with 90 wins.