Southern Utah (0-3) at Nevada (2-1)|
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Sunday, November 18, 6:30 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: None. Home Record: Southern Utah 0-0, Nevada 2-0. Away Record:
Southern Utah 0-1, Nevada 0-1. Neutral Record: Southern Utah 0-2, Nevada 0-0.
Conference Record: Southern Utah 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: Nevada leads
GAME NOTES: Riding high off a thrilling win, the Nevada Wolfpack will finish
up the World Vision Classic on Sunday afternoon in a matchup against the
Southern Utah Thunderbirds at Lawlor Events Center.
Southern Utah was run off the court in its third straight loss on Saturday.
The Thunderbirds had no answer for Cal State Fullerton as the Titans racked up
a 112-69 win over the Thunderbirds. Southern Utah will play four of its next
five games at home after playing the first four games of the season on the
road, including this game.
Nevada has enjoyed much more success this season at 2-1 on the season after
Deonte Burton lifted the squad to a 71-69 win over Green Bay on Saturday with
a 3-pointer with 1.3 seconds remaining in regulation. The win was the second
straight for the Wolfpack which dropped a 78-64 decision to UC Irvine in the
season opener. Nevada will travel out of Reno and head to Huntington, West
Virginia to tangle with Marshall in its next contest.
In two previous meetings between these squads, Nevada has come out on top both
The Thunderbirds defensive efforts were far from effective against Cal State
Fullerton as Southern Utah allowed the Titans to shoot at a stunning 64.9
percent pace in the contest including a 12-of-17 effort from beyond the arc.
On the other end of the floor the Thunderbirds had relative success (46.0 FG
percentage) but coughed the ball up 31 times. Damon Heuir led four different
scorer in double figures with 14 points but also had a team-high five
Defense has been a real problem for Southern Utah. On the season opponents
are successful on 51.8 percent of their shots from the floor while the squads
scoring differential is a massive minus-31 points. Jackson Stevenett (19.0
ppg, 5.3 rpg) is the primary scorer and rebounder and the only player on the
roster that has consistently scored in double figures. He finished with 13
points and six rebounds against Cal State Fullerton. Heuir (9.0 ppg) runs the
point for the Thunderbirds but he has only handed out seven assists. While
that number is a team-high it has largely been erased by his team-leading 14
turnovers. Julian Scott (8.0 ppg) and Wade Collie (5.3 ppg) are the only other
players scoring more than five points per game. Scott's production has come
entirely off the bench.
Although Nevada led for the majority of the contest against Green Bay, the
Wolfpack found itself trailing 69-68 with 11 seconds remaining after Green
Bay's Alec Brown nailed a 3-pointer. However on the next possession Burton was
able to net the game-winning shot. The two squads' nearly identical
percentages in the game with Nevada at 42.4 percent while allowing Green Bay
to shoot at a 42.6 percent clip. Burton was the lead scorer in the contest
with 19 points.
Burton reached the 1,000-point plateau in the contest as well looks like he
will be continue adding to that total in bunches this season. The junior guard
is the teams leading scorer (15.3 ppg) and has been doing so, while shooting
at a solid 43.3 percent from the floor. Burton knocked down 3-of-5 shots from
beyond the arc against Green Bay after he missed his first five attempts from
3-point range this year. Malik Story (10.3 ppg) is the only other player on
the squad scoring in double figures but his shooting (30.3 FG percentage)
needs improvement. Instead of a few prolific scorers the Wolfpack have spread
the production out this year. Including Burton and Story seven different
players are scoring at least seven points per game. Cole Huff (9.3 ppg, 6.7
rpg) and Kevin Panzer (8.3 ppg, 5.0 rpg) are the top rebounder.
It is unlikely that Nevada will be able to duplicate the kind of offensive
success that Cal state Fullerton had against Southern Utah. However the
Thunderbirds won't be able to slow the Wolfpack down enough to really compete
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 79, Southern Utah 62
11/18 10:47:09 ET