Nevada Seeks First MW Win At Fresno State Saturday

Jan. 17, 2013

Nevada at Fresno State:  Nevada (9-7, 0-2 MW) plays at Fresno State (7-9, 1-2 MW) on Saturday night at 7 p.m.  The Wolf Pack enter game seeking their first Mountain West victory while the Bulldogs  earned their first win in the MW on Wednesday downing Wyoming 49-36.  The Cowboys are a common opponent having defeated the Pack last Saturday 59-48 in Reno.

Saturday, 7:00 p.m. PT
(9-7, 0-2 MW)
Fresno State
(7-9, 1-2 MW)
Save Mart Center (15,596)
Fresno, Calif.

RADIO:     University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KHWG 750 AM Fallon, KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
    Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), pregame 6:30 p.m. PT
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SERIES HISTORY:  Nevada leads the series with Fresno State 49-37.  The Wolf Pack has won the last four meetings including a 79-76 triple overtime road victory that clinched the WAC title in the last meeting.  The Pack is 5-4 in the Save Mart Center.
UP NEXT:  Nevada hosts #15/14 San Diego State on Jan. 23 at 7:15 p.m.  The game is a White Out as 8,500 fans will receive a white t-shirt to wear during the game.  The game will air on the CBS Sports Network.  Andrew Catalon will call the game with Steve Lappas providing the color commentary and Lauren Gardner giving sideline reports.  

    FRESNO STATE BULLDOGS:   Fresno State is 7-9 and 1-2 in the MW under second-year head coach Rodney Terry.  Terry is 20-29 leading the Bulldog basketball program.
    FS defeated Wyoming 49-36 on Wednesday to earn its first MW victory.  Wyoming defeated Nevada 59-48 in Reno last Saturday.
    The Bulldogs are led in scoring by junior guard Tyler Johnson (6-2) who is the only FS player averaging double figures at 10.7 points per game.  Six other FS players average between 5.7 and 9.2 points per game.
    Junior guards Allen Huddleston (6-2) and Kevin Olekaibe (6-2) average 9.2 and 8.2 points per game respectively.  Guard Marvelle Harris (6-4) and senior forward Kevin Foster (6-8) score 7.8 and 7.6 points per outing.  Foster’s 6.6 rebounds per game tops the team.  
    In MW play Foster is scoring 12 points and grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game.  Johnson is scoring 10 points in his two MW games and missed one with an ankle injury.
    Offensively the Bulldogs average 52.2 points per game and allow 57.7.  FS is shooting 38.8 percent from the field and allow opponents to shot 41.1 percent.  From behind the arc the Bulldogs have made 25 percent of their attempts and opponents 22.8 percent.  They are being outrebounded by seven per game, 36.7-29.7
    NEVADA FALLS TO #25 WYOMING: RENO, Nev. (AP) - Leonard Washington had 16 points and 13 rebounds on Saturday and Wyoming came back from its first loss of the season to defeat Nevada 59-48.
    Riley Grabau added 12 points for the Cowboys (14-1, 1-1), who lost their Mountain West opener to Boise State on a 3-pointer at the buzzer Wednesday night.
    Deonte Burton scored 23 points to lead Nevada (9-7, 0-2), which lost for only the second time in 10 home games this season.
    Burton was 8 of 13 from the field, but his Wolf Pack teammates were just 10 for 49, or 20 percent.
    Nevada led 20-17 at halftime, but Grabau hit three of his four 3-pointers in the second half and the Cowboys made 68 percent from the field overall after the break. They finished at 47 percent.
    Larry Nance Jr. had nine points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots for Wyoming.


    Nevada is 9-7 on the season, 8-2 at home and 1-5 on the road.

    Nevada is celebrating its 100th year of basketball this season.

    The Wolf Pack lost its first game in MW falling 78-65 at Air Force.  The loss makes the Pack 0-5 when opening play in its last five conference switches.

    The last time out the Pack totaled a season-high 48 rebounds against #25 Wyoming.  Nevada outrebounded the Cowboys 48-31, 23-3 on the offensive glass.  It was the fourth time the Pack outrebounded an opponent by double figures this season.

    The Wolf Pack’s season-high five-game win streak was snapped in a 56-43 loss at Oregon on New Year’s Eve.      After winning five in a row Nevada has lost its last three.

    The Pack scored a season-high 85 points in the 85-75 home victory over Yale and shot a season-best 57.1 percent.  In the next game at Oregon, Nevada scored a season-low 43 points and shot a season worst 28.1 percent.

    In two of the last three games Nevada has shot less than 30 percent, 28.1 at Oregon and 29 versus #25 Wyoming.

    Malik Story scored a career-high 35 points against Yale, 24 in the second half.  The 35 points is tied for the top scoring game in the Mountain West this season.  In two MW games he has totaled nine points and made three-of-21 shots.

    Jerry Evans, Jr. made his first start in eight games at Air Force and scored seven points and tied for game-high honors with eight rebounds.  Evans had started 56 in a row until coming off the bench for seven games.

    Evans scored a season-high 18 points against Cal State University San Marcos which tied for game-high honors.  The 18 points is the first time this season that someone other than Deonte Burton or Malik Story led the Pack in scoring.

        Evans grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds versus Cal Poly.  The 14 rebounds is tied for the fifth best total in the MW this season.  He finished with eight points leaving him two points shy of his first career double-double.

    In the Cal State University San Marcos game, the Pack got a season-high 50 points off the bench.  The Nevada bench has outscored its opponents 10 times on the season.

    Story made his 200th career three-pointer in the Yale game and his 206 ranks third in school history, three behind Terrance Green’s (1999-03) 209.

    Story and Burton rank 16th and 18th in school history with 1,218 and 1,202 points respectively.  Burton (16.5 ppg) and Story (15.3 ppg) are fifth and tied for sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West.

    Burton has led the Pack in scoring 10 times this season and Story five.  

    During his eight-game double figure scoring streak, Burton scored 25 points or more in four of the final five games, including a season-high 29 at Washington.

    Burton had a career-high six steals at Washington and Story a career-high eight rebounds.

    Jordan Burris has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high five times.

    Burton and Story have started all 83 games of their career at Nevada.

    Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 71 career wins.  Carter is just the second Pack coach to post two 20 win seasons in a career at Nevada.  Mark Fox being the other.

    Carter, the 2012 WAC Coach of the Year, has led the Pack to postseason NIT bids in two of his three years.  Last year Carter led the Pack to the Western Athletic Conference title with a 13-1 mark and a 28-7 season record.  The 28 wins is the second most in school history.  The Pack also tied the school record with 16 consecutive wins.

    The 2011-12 Nevada squad reached the quarterfinals of the NIT before falling at Stanford.  The Cardinal went on to win the NIT Championship.

    THREE MOUNTAIN WEST TEAMS RANKED: Nevada faces tough competition in its first year in the Mountain West as five teams are receiving national attention.  In the Jan. 14, AP poll, two members of the MW are ranked and three are receiving votes.  In the USA Today Coaches poll three teams are ranked and two are receiving votes.
    In the AP poll San Diego State is 15th and New Mexico is 19th.  UNLV, Boise State and Wyoming are receiving votes.
    SDSU is 14th in the USA Today Coaches Poll.  New Mexico appears at 21 and UNLV 23.  Wyoming and Boise State are receiving votes.
    Both polls can be found on page 8 of this release.

    MOUNTAIN WEST RANKS AMONG TOP THREE IN CONFERENCE RPI:  The Mountain West ranks among the top three conference RPI through games of January 13.  
    Sagarin ranks the MW second behind the Big Ten. has the MW third behind the Big Ten and Big East.
    Six of nine Mountain West teams are in the top 37 of the Jan. 14 NCAA RPI report, marking the highest percentage of teams for any of the 32 conferences. The Mountain West and Big Ten are the only two conferences to have six teams ranked in the top 37. New Mexico leads the pack at No. 11, while UNLV (24) is second, followed by Colorado State (25), Boise State (28), San Diego State (29) and Wyoming (37).  Air Force (143), Nevada (176) and Fresno State (188) round out the conference.

    NEVADA POSTS PERFECT HOMESTAND:  Nevada posted a perfect homestand winning all four games of as season-high homestretch to improve to 8-1 at Lawlor Events Center.  The Pack defeated Cal Poly (69-56), San Francisco (59-51), Cal State University San Marcos (84-74) and Yale (85-75).
NEVADA 0-5 WHEN SWITCHING CONFERENCES:  Nevada fell to 0-5 when playing a conference opener in the last five conference switches after falling 78-65 at Air Force to begin MW play.

    Wolf Pack In Last Five Conference Openers:
    Mountain West - Lost 78-65 at Air Force - Jan. 9, 2013
    Western Athletic Conference - Lost 76-70 at UTEP in OT - Jan. 4, 2001
    Big West Conference - Lost 84-61 vs. Utah State - Dec. 30, 1992
    Big Sky Conference - Lost 95-72 vs. Montana State  - Jan. 3, 1980
    West Coast Conference - Lost 59-52 at San Francisco - Jan. 8, 1970

    CHANGING LEAGUES:  After 12 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference Nevada is competing in the Mountain West for the first time this season.  The MW sent four teams to the NCAA Tournament last season and had six schools advance to postseason play.
    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.

    FIVE-GAME WIN STREAK SNAPPED: Nevada’s season-high five-game win streak came to an end as the Wolf Pack lost 56-43 at Oregon on New Year’s Eve.  The streak started with the Pack’s only road victory 76-73 at Washington on Dec. 8.  The Wolf Pack then went on to sweep a season long four-game homestand defeating Cal Poly (69-56), San Francisco (59-51), Cal State University San Marcos (84-74) and Yale (85-75).  Three of the victories were by double figures.
    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 final two games of the streak 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) averaged double figures in the five wins with Jordan Burris close behind at 9.2 points per contest.
    FIVE IN DOUBLE FIGURES: For the first time this season five Nevada players scored in double figures in an 84-74 victory over Cal State University San Marcos.  Three of the five players reached double figures off the bench led by Jerry Evans, Jr. who tied for game-high honors and scored a season-high 18 points.  The 18 points is one point off his career high of 19 set last season against San Jose State.   He made eight-of-11 shots from the field including two-of-three from behind the arc.
    Starters Malik Story and Cole Huff scored 14 and 10 points respectively.  
    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.

    BANGING THE GLASS: In three consecutive games Nevada outrebounded its opponent by double figures.  It began with a 16 rebound margin in a 69-56 victory over Cal Poly (47-31).  In the San Francisco game the Pack outrebounded the Dons 45-30 on the way to the 59-51 win.  In the third game of the stretch Nevada posted an 18 rebound advantage over Cal State University San Marcos (44-26) defeating the Cougars 84-74.  The streak ended when Yale outrebounded the Pack by nine, 38-29 but Nevada won 85-75.  On the season the Pack has outrebounded opponents seven times in a game.  In Nevada’s last outing versus #25 Wyoming the Pack outrebounded the Cowboys 48-31, 23-3 on the offensive glass.

    PACK GETTING DEFENSIVE: Nevada held three consecutive opponents to less than 40 percent shooting from the field and five of the last eight opponents under 40 percent.  The defense has struggled the last two games as both MW opponents shot over 40 percent as Air Force was good on 52.2 percent of its shots and Wyoming shot 46.8 percent for the game.  Cal State University San Marcos was the third team in the last eight games that shot better than 40 percent connecting on 43.5 percent of its attempts.
    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 Pack’s game at Oregon the Ducks were held under 40 percent but defeated Nevada 56-43.  In the first game of the season UC Irvine shot 39.4 percent giving the Pack six 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.

    BACKCOURT OF 1,200 POINT SCORERS:  Nevada’s backcourt boasts a pair of 1,200 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.  Against Wyoming they both moved past 1,200 career points.
    After 83 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 16 points.  Burton has 1,218 points to rank 16th in school history while Story’s 1,202 is 18th.  Nap Montgomery (1964-66) is 15th with 1,249 and Ken “Tree” Green (1981-83) ranks 17th with 1,212 points.
    See page 7 for a list of Nevada’s 1,000 point scorers.
    HOW THINGS CHANGE IN A YEAR:  Last season Nevada used the same starting lineup in all 35 games on the way to a 28-7 record which tied for the second most wins in school history.  The Pack also won the Western Athletic Conference with a 13-1 mark and advanced to the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament.
    This year the Pack has used four different lineups to post a 9-7 mark after 16 games.

Starting Lineups    Record
Elliot, Story, Burton, Evans, Jr. & Panzer    4-3
Elliot, Story, Burton, Burris & Huff    0-1
Panzer, Story, Burton, Burris & Huff    5-1
Panzer, Story, Burton, Burris & Evans, Jr.    0-2

    TRADING PLACES:  Nevada head coach David Carter used the same starting lineup the first seven games of the season and has used three different lineups the last nine games.  The biggest change was inserting Jordan Burris into the starting five and having Jerry Evans, Jr. come off the bench.  That was until Evans started the last two games.
    Both benefitted from the change as Burris is averaging 9.3 points and 5.6 rebounds in his nine starts.  In the first seven games of the season he averaged 6.0 points and 2.9 rebounds.  Five times in the nine starts he has scored in double figures marking the first time he has more than one double figure scoring game in a season.  
    Burris 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.  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.  He is shooting 40 percent from the field and has seven blocks in the last nine games.
    Evans had started 56 consecutive games but was averaging 5.3 points and 3.4 rebounds in the first seven games of the season.  His high point total was nine and he was shooting just 35.9  percent.  In the seven games off the bench he shot 54.7 percent from the field.  In those seven games he averaged 9.6 points per game and grabbed 6.3 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 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.  In his return to the starting lineup at Air Force he totaled seven points and tied for game high honors with eight rebounds.  In his start against #25 Wyoming he had six points and 10 rebounds.  The 10 rebounds was his second double figure rebound game of the season.

    ELLIOTT AND PANZER SHARING A SPOT:  Junior forwards Devonte Elliott  and Kevin Panzer started the first seven games of the season but the two third-year players have shared the five spot the last nine games.  Elliott started the first eight games of the season but has come off the bench the last eight.  Panzer started the first seven games and 15 on the year.
    Since splitting the starting position at the five spot the last nine games the two have combined to average 9.8 points and 9.7 rebounds per game.  As a duo they are shooting 45.4 (35-of-77) percent from the field.
    Panzer is scoring 4 points and grabbing 5 rebounds per game in the last nine contests and Elliott averages 5.9 points and grabbing 4.7 rebounds per outing.  Three times Elliott has scored in double figures off the bench in the last nine games, 11 at Washington, tied his career-high with 13 versus Cal State University San Marcos and had 12 at Air Force.
    Five 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 that 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 and posted 12 in the MW opener at Air Force to give him five double figure scoring games in the Silver & Blue.  Against #25 Wyoming he had a season-high 11 rebounds.    From the field he is shooting 54.8 (40-of-73) percent.  For the season he averages 6.4 points per game and is tied for third on the team averaging 4.4 rebounds 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 5.1 points per game and is second on the team with 4.6 rebounds per game.

    EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT:  Nevada’s backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 83 games in their Wolf Pack careers.  They are responsible for 45 percent of the Pack’s offensive production this season.  Burton averages 16.5 points per game and Story 15.3.  They rank fifth and tied for sixth respectively in the MW in scoring.  Burton is sixth in the MW shooting 47.3 percent from the field and Story ranks 10th at 39.2
    Burton scored in double figures in eight consecutive games until finishing with four against Cal Poly.  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.  Six times he has scored 20 or more points this season.
    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.  He had a stretch of scoring in double figures in seven consecutive games until totaling seven against San Francisco but followed that with three more double figure outings.  At Air Force he totaled just three points which is his lowest point total at Nevada dating back to the second game of his sophomore season against Pacific in the Preseason NIT at UCLA.  In 11-of-16 games he has scored in double figures.  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.  On the season he is making 32.7 percent of his three-pointers to rank fifth in the MW and his 2.25 made per game is fifth 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-15 games this season one of the two has posted a game high in points.  Burton has seven game highs to his credit and Story four.

    STORY FROM LONG DISTANCE:  In two plus seasons senior sharpshooting guard Malik Story has put his name in the Wolf Pack record books.  Story ranks in three career categories and his name appears on two single season lists.  For the first time this season and sixth time in his career spanning 83 games he did not make a three-pointer in the Pack’s last game against Wyoming missing all five attempts.
    Story surpassed 200 career three-pointers made in the Pack’s game against Yale and his 206 ranks third in school history.  Second on the list is Terrance Green’s (1999-03) 209 made in 119 games played.
    In 83 games Story has attempted 533 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 38.6 (206-of-533) 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.

    NEWCOMERS ON THE COURT:  Freshman Marqueze Coleman has seen action in all 16 games while fellow freshman Cole Huff has played in 15 missing one with injury.  Ali Fall, a 6-9 250-pound junior college transfer has seen action in 11 games off the bench.
    Huff has seen the most action starting seven games and playing 19.8 minutes per game.  The 6-8 forward is averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.  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.   
    A point guard, Coleman is scoring 3.8 points in 10.3 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.
    Fall 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.  

    BENCH SCORING:  Nevada’s bench is averaging 20.5 points per game and has outscored its opponents bench in 10-of-16 games this season.  Nevada’s opponents this season are averaging 18 points per game off the bench.  A year ago the Pack averaged 10.6 points per game during the entire season.  In the Cal State University San Marcos game the Pack got a season-high 50 points off the bench as three reserves reached double figures.
    Jerry Evans, Jr. added punch in his seven games off the bench before returning to the starting lineup the last two games.  Evans averaged 9.6 points and 6.3 rebounds in those seven games.  Twice he scored in double figures off the bench with the latest 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 is averaging 7.4 points and 4.9 rebounds in eight games off the bench but has started seven games in his freshman season.  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 started the last nine 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.  At Air Force he posted his third double figure scoring game off the bench with 12.  He is averaging 6.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in his eight games off the bench.
    Marqueze Coleman (3.8) and Ali Fall (1.5) have double figure scoring games off the Pack bench.  Coleman scored 11 points against Green Bay and CSUSM.  Fall totaled 10 versus Southern Utah.