Nevada Heads North To Play Washington Saturday

Dec. 6, 2012

Nevada at Washington:  Nevada (4-4) travels to Washington (4-3) for a 5 p.m. game on Saturday in Seattle.  The Wolf Pack has lost its last two games and three of its last four.  The Huskies have won two in a row and are 3-2 at home.  The two schools have one common opponent this season in Cal State Fullerton.  UW defeated the Titans 74-72 at home and the Pack did the same 80-77.

Saturday, 5:06 p.m. PT
(4-3, 0-0 MW)
Washington Huskies
(4-3, 0-0 Pac-12)
Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (10,000)
Seattle, Wash.

TELEVISION: Pac-12 Networks - Kevin Calabro (play-by-play) and Detlef Schrempf (color).
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 4:30 p.m. PT
WEB STREAMING: (audio only) (fee service)
SERIES HISTORY:  Washington leads the series 6-2.  The Pack won last season at home 76-73 in overtime.  Nevada’s other win in the series was 92-90 on Nov. 30, 1988 in Seattle.  UW is 3-1 at home in the series.
UP NEXT:  Nevada returns home to begin a four-game homestand on Dec. 11 versus Cal Poly at 7:05 p.m.

WASHINGTON HUSKIES:  The Huskies are 4-3 under 11th year head coach Lorenzo Romar.  Romar is 223-116 directing the UW basketball program.  

UW has four players averaging double figures led by junior guard C.J. Wilcox (6-5) who is scoring 19.7 points per game.  Senior Abdul Gaddy (6-3) is scoring 14 points per outing.  Senior center Aziz N’Diaye (7-0) is averaging near a double-double with 11.4 points and 9.6 rebounds per game.  Scott Suggs (6-6) has missed three games with a foot injury but is averaging 10.3 points per game when healthy.

The Huskies averaged 70.3 points per game and allow 68.9.  From the field they are shooting 47 percent and opponents 43.  From beyond the arc UW has connected on 39.6 percent of its attempts and held opponents to 37.6 percent.  The Huskies are being outrebounded by a slight margin, 34.1-33.7.
NEVADA FALLS AT PACIFIC: STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) - Lorenzo McCloud scored 24 points Tuesday night and Pacific defeated Nevada 78-72 in overtime.

McCloud scored five of the Tigers’ 12 points in the overtime period. Colin Beatty, who had 14 points, hit a 3-pointer in the opening seconds to put Pacific (4-4) ahead to stay.

Ross Rivera added 14 points for the Tigers. McCloud also had seven assists.

Deonte Burton led the Wolf Pack (4-4) with 25 points. Jordan Burris had 14 points and a game-high nine rebounds. Jerry Evans Jr. had 13 points and Malik Story scored 12 for Nevada.

Neither team scored in the final minute of regulation and the game went to overtime tied at 66.


Nevada is 4-1 at home but winless on the road at 0-3.

Nevada used the same starting lineup in all 35 games last season but after seven games this season head coach David Carter made two lineup changes in game eight at Pacific.  Jordan Burris and Cole Huff moved into the lineup for Kevin Panzer and Jerry Evans, Jr.

Junior guard Jordan Burris made his first start at Pacific since Dec. 11, 2010 versus San Francisco State.  Burris scored 14 points, blocked a career-high three shots and finished with  a game and career-high nine rebounds at Pacific.  The 14 points is one off his career-high of 15 set versus Pepperdine (11/6/10) his freshman year.

Junior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. had started 56 consecutive games until the Pacific game.  Evans responded with a season-high 13 points off the bench and grabbed seven rebounds.

Huff made his first collegiate start at Pacific and finished with four points and three rebounds.

Deonte Burton has scored in double figures in the last seven games and Malik Story the last five.

Burton (18.9 ppg) and Story (16.9 ppg) rank 18th and 20th in school history with 1,105 and 1,093 points respectively.  The duo are third and sixth in scoring average in the Mountain West.

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

Story tops the team with four 20 plus point games and Burton has three.

Burris, Huff and Kevin Panzer have each had a nine rebound game this season which is tops on the team.  Huff’s and Burris’ nine rebound performances were also game highs.

Huff has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high three times and Burris twice.

Burris has led the Pack in rebounding the last two games with six versus Drake and a career-high nine at Pacific.  He also blocked a career-high three shots at Pacific.

Burton and Story have started all 75 games of their career at Nevada.

Head coach David Carter ranks ninth in school history with 66 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.  The 28 wins is the second most in school history.  The Pack also tied the record with 16 consecutive wins.

The 2010-11 Nevada squad reached the quarterfinals of the NIT before falling at Stanford.  The Cardinal went on to win the NIT Championship.

BACKCOURT OF 1,000 POINT SCORERS:  Nevada 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 75 consecutive games starting in the Nevada backcourt the duo are separated by 12 points.  After Burton’s 24 point game at Pacific he moved past Dario Hunt (2008-12) and Story into 18th place with 1,105 points.  Story is currently 20th in school history with 1,093 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.

    Video link to Burton’s shots vs. Green Bay and UC Davis -
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        UC Davis:

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.

BALANCED ATTACK:  For the second time this season Nevada had four players score in double figures, the last time out at Pacific.  Deonte Burton led the way with a game-high 25.  Jordan Burris (14), Jerry Evans, Jr. (13) and Malik Story (12) also reached double digits.
    The first time four Pack players scored in double figures was versus Southern Utah on Nov. 18 when the Pack defeated the Thunderbirds 79-61.  Story finished with a game-high 25.  Burton (14), Cole Huff (11) and Ali Fall (10) were also in double figures.

LINEUP CHANGES:  Nevada head coach David Carter made two changes to his starting lineup for the first time this season at Pacific on Tuesday.  Carter inserted junior guard Jordan Burris and freshman forward Cole Huff into the starting unit with Deonte Burton, Malik Story and Devonte Elliott.  The two replaced Jerry Evans, Jr. and Kevin Panzer.  Evans had started 56 games in a row until the Pacific contest.
    For Burris it 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 was very productive off the bench scoring a season-high 13 points making six-of-10 shots.  He also grabbed seven rebounds.
    Huff finished with four points and three rebounds.  Panzer totaled eight rebounds and added two points.

NEWCOMERS MAKING AN IMPACT:  All three of Nevada’s newcomers have been productive in the first eight games of the season.  Freshman forward Cole Huff tops the team in rebounding at 5.1 per game and is tied for third in scoring at 7 points per contest.  He made his first collegiate start at Pacific on Tuesday.  Huff has two double figure scoring games of 11 versus Cal State Fullerton and Southern Utah.  He grabbed a game-high nine rebounds in his outing against CSF and three times has topped the Pack in rebounding.   He is playing 19.1 minutes per game
    Point guard, Marqueze Coleman is scoring 3.9 points in 10 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 is scoring 1.8 points and grabbing 2.3 rebounds per game in 11.4 minutes per contest.  Against Southern Utah he scored in double figures for the first time finishing with 10 points and had five rebounds.

EXPLOSIVE BACKCOURT:  Nevada’s backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story has started all 75 games in their Wolf Pack careers.  They are responsible for 47.8 percent of the Pack’s offense production this season.  Burton is averaging 18.9 points per game and Story is close behind at 16.9.  They rank third and sixth respectively in the MW in scoring.  Burton is sixth in the MW shooting 47.3 percent from the field and Story is eighth at 45 percent.

Burton has scored in double figures in the last seven games with four of those outings being game highs.  In the last seven games he is averaging 2.04 points per game.  In back-to-back games he scored 28 at Marshall and 26 versus UC Davis.

Story tops the team with four 20 plus point games on the season.  In the last five outings he has scored 104 points an average of 20.8 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 five games making 16 of his last 35 (45.7%) attempts.

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 and 37-of-72 at Pacific.  In six-of-eight games this sesason one of the two has posted a game high in points.  Burton has four game highs to his credit and Story two.

BENCH SCORING:  Nevada’s bench is averaging 20.4 points per game and has outscored its opponents bench in four-of-eight games this season.  Cole Huff is averaging 7.4 points off the bench but was moved to the starting lineup at Pacific and scored four points against the Tigers.  Jordan Burris was averaging 6 points off the bench but scored 14 in a starting role at Pacific.  

Marqueze Coleman (3.9) and Ali Fall (1.8) have been productive off the Pack bench in the early season.  Huff has two double figure scoring games off the bench this season and the Fall, Coleman and Burris one each off the bench.

A year ago the Pack averaged 10.6 points per game during the entire season.  Nevada’s opponents this season are averaging 19.9 points per game off the bench.

CARTER’S 66 WINS RANKS NINTH:  Head coach David Carter is 66-43 in his fourth season leading the program.  The 66 wins is one more than Jim Carey (1976-80) for the ninth most wins by a Pack head coach in school history.  Carey went 65-46 in his four seasons directing the Wolf Pack.  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.

100 YEARS OF WOLF PACK BASKETBALL: The 2012-13 season is the 100th year of basketball at the University of Nevada.  The Wolf Pack’s first year of basketball was in 1913 when the team went 3-1 under coach C.E. Holway.  
    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 1214-1094.

STORY FROM LONG DISTANCE:  In just 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.

Story’s 189 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 75 games Story has attempted 472 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 40 (189-of-472) percent of his three-point attempts which is tied for eighth at Nevada with Jerry Hogan (1990-94) who made 185-of-466.

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.

VETERAN GROUP:  Despite the loss of frontcourt seniors Dario Hunt and Olek Czyz, Nevada returns three starters and 10 total letterwinners from last year’s 28-7 team that advanced the quarterfinals of the National Invitation Tournament, leaving the Pack one game short of playing in New York’s Madison Square Garden.

Guard Deonte Burton, Malik Story and Jerry Evans, Jr. started all 35 games last season.  Burton and Story have started all 75 games in their Pack careers while Evans has started 62.    Evans has played in 74-of-75 games during his career missing one with an injury.

Forward Devonte Elliott has played in all 75 games during his Pack career and started 11.  Junior forward Kevin Panzer has played in 74 of a possible 75 contests and started 17.  Senior guard Patrick Nyeko saw action in all 35 games last season and has played in 84 in his three plus seasons at Nevada.  

FIRST LOSS IN LAWLOR:  Nevada lost for the first time this season in its last game falling 76-66 to Drake.  The Wolf Pack is 4-1 this season at home.  The Drake loss snapped an eight-game homecourt win streak.
    Nevada has won 83 percent of its home games over the past nine plus seasons posting a 130-27 record at Lawlor Events Center.  The Pack has not posted a losing home mark during that stretch and posted double digit wins in eight-of-nine seasons.

BURTON HONORED:  Nevada point guard Deonte Burton was named to the Mountain West Preseason Media Team.  Burton was one of four juniors and four guards on the five man squad.  He is the only player on the squad that did not play in the MW last season.

The junior was also named the most under-the-radar player CBSSports and ranked as the 35th best point guard by

Honors are not something new to the Los Angeles native as he was the 2011 Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year, 2012 WAC Player of the Year and a 2012 AP honorable mention All-America selection to name just a few of his many honors.

ELLIOTT AND PANZER POST CAREER HIGHS:  Junior forwards Devonte Elliott  and Kevin Panzer posted career highs in the World Vision Classic.  

Elliott scored a then career-high 10 points against Green Bay and topped that with a 13 point outing at Marshall.  Those two performances are his only 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 59.4 (19-of-32) percent.  In the GB game he made five-of-seven shots and at MU was good on five-of-eight.  For the season he is sixth on the squad averaging 6.1 points per game and is fifth in rebounding at 3.5 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 his 4.6 rebounds per game is second on the team.

THREE MOUNTAIN WEST TEAM RANKED, THREE OTHERS RECEIVING VOTES: Nevada will face tough competition when it competes in the Mountain West Conference for the first time this season.  Three members of the MW are ranked and three others are receiving votes.

In the AP poll San Diego State and New Mexico are ranked 17th and 18th respectively while UNLV is 21st.  Boise State (22 pts), Wyoming (5 pts) and Colorado State (5 pts) are receiving votes.

SDSU is 15th in the USA Today Coaches Poll, UNLV comes in at 18 and New Mexico appears at 20.  Wyoming, Colorado State and Boise State are receiving nine, three and two votes respectively.