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DATE & TIME: Friday, November 22, 10:05 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada. Television: NevadaWolfPack.tv. Home Record: UTC 2-1, Nevada 0-1. Away Record: UTC 0-1, Nevada 2-1. Neutral Record: UTC 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Conference Record: UTC 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: First meeting.
GAME NOTES: Coming off a shocking loss at Cal State Bakersfield, the Nevada Wolf Pack aim to get back on the winning track when they host Chattanooga as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.
The Wolf Pack rallied from double digits to win road games at Cal Poly and San Francisco, but could not get over the hump against the Runners Monday night. Deonte Burton scored a game-high 24 points for Nevada. He's scored at least 20 points in all four games this season, including a career-best 31 against San Francisco. Burton is leading the team with 25 points per games and also has a team-best 11 steals. Already seventh in school history in scoring with 1,559 points, Burton is attempting to overtake Nick Fazekas (546) as the all-time team leader in free throws made.
Cole Hugg (12.3 ppg) and Michael Perez (12.0 ppg) are the other Wolf Pack players averaging double-figure scoring. Jerry Evans Jr. leads the team with 6.0 rebounds per game. Evans, a 6-foot-8 guard, is fourth on the squad at 9.3 ppg. Senior forward Ali Fall from Senegal (5.0 ppg) has taken on a larger role this season after averaging 1.8 points and 1.6 rebounds over 22 contests off the bench last year. Sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman (8.0 ppg), who played in all 31 games as a freshman, is the top scorer off the bench.
UTC heads into this matchup with a high-powered offense. The Mocs are averaging 93.5 points, which is nearly 20 points more than Nevada (74.0). Additionally, the Mocs are making 49.3 percent of their field goal attempts, but a paltry 32.9 percent from 3-point range. UTC has also been awesome on the boards by pulling down an average of 44.5 per game, that's a +11.8 margin for the season.
The Mocs though, haven't really played a formidable opponent this season. The stats are inflated due to blowout wins over Covenant and Montreat. In between came losses to Radford and Kennesaw State, the latter of which took play Tuesday night. Gee McGhee had 18 points and 10 rebounds for the Mocs, who also received a career-best 17 points and nine boards from Casey Jones.
Z. Mason, who had 14 points Tuesday, is second on the Mocs with 13.0 ppg. He's also averaging 2.8 blocks per contest with 11 already on the young season. McGhee, who has topped the team in scoring in all four contests and is coming off his first career double-double, averages 17.5 ppg. Freshman Greg Pryor (11.5 ppg) and Jones (11.3 ppg) are also averaging double figures for a team that figures to face a tough test.
For the Mocs, this is the start of a five-game stretch of games away from their home court. They face UCLA at historic Pauley Pavilion on Sunday before heading back to the Las Vegas Invitational at Orleans Arena on Thanksgiving against Morehead State and the following Friday vs. either IUPUI or Gardner- Webb. The tough trip culminates on Dec. 2 with a matchup at Georgia.
With a decided size advantage, expect the Wolf Pack to dominate the glass and have a strong bounce-back game from a disappointing loss earlier this week.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 84, Chattanooga 71
11/22 10:46:32 ET
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