Colorado State (12-8) at Nevada (10-10)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, January 29, 10:05 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada.
Television: NevadaWolfPack.tv. Home Record: CSU 11-4, Nevada 4-5. Away Record:
CSU 1-4, Nevada 6-3. Neutral Record: CSU 0-0, Nevada 0-2. Conference Record:
CSU 3-4, Nevada 5-2. Series Record: Series is tied, 6-6.
GAME NOTES: The Colorado State Rams seek just their second road win of the
season tonight, as they tangle with the Nevada Wolf Pack in Mountain West
Conference play at the Lawlor Events Center in Reno.
An impressive 11-4 at home in Moby Arena thus far in 2013-14, the Rams can't
seem to get out of their own way when they play anywhere else. Then again, CSU
was in Fort Collins over the weekend and still came out on the short end of a
68-66 final versus New Mexico. The defeat was the second in three games for a
Colorado State group that is now 3-4 in conference play.
Meanwhile, the Wolf Pack appear to have rebounded from a weak non-conference
effort this season and is now an even 10-10 overall, thanks to five wins in
seven tries versus the rest of the MWC. However, Nevada did take a step
backwards on Saturday with a 64-62 overtime loss at Wyoming, marking the
second consecutive overtime affair and the fourth for the team in the last 12
Colorado State completed the sweep last season of the Pack and has won five of
the last seven encounters overall, but still the all-time series is knotted at
six games apiece.
The Rams shot a dismal 32.1 percent from the field against New Mexico on
Saturday, yet the hosts led by seven in the second half and were right in it
up to the end when the lost by two to the Lobos. Daniel Bejarano accounted for
21 points and seven rebounds, followed by Joe De Ciman and Jon Octeus with 14
and 12 points, respectively. J.J. Avila converted a mere 1-of-12 from the
floor as he tallied just eight points, but he did make an impact otherwise
with his 12 rebounds and four assists.
Despite the disappointing shooting effort by Avila on Saturday, he is still
the top overall scorer for the program with 18.4 ppg, adding a team-best 71
assists to his stat line, along with 7.6 rpg. Bejarano checks in with 16.5 ppg
and paces the group with 9.0 rpg and 26 steals, but his 36.7 percent shooting
from the floor still leaves a lot to be desired because that is a big part of
the reason why the Rams come in at 43.6 percent accuracy from the field right
Deonte Burton scored a game-high 25 points, hitting 5-of-9 shots behind the 3-
point line before fouling out on Saturday versus Wyoming, but even that was
not enough as the Wolf Pack came up short in overtime. Also scoring in double
figures for the visitors were Jerry Evans and Michael Perez with 14 and 11
points, respectively, as the program shot only 57.1 percent at the free-throw
line on the afternoon.
Burton, who needs just seven more points to become the third player in Nevada
history to reach 1,900 for his career, has scored in double figures in all but
one game this season. He remains one of the top producers in the country with
21.7 ppg, shooting a solid 48.3 percent from the floor while also being
responsible for a team-best 77 assists as well. Evans chips in 13.2 ppg and
6.4 rpg as he tries to give the program a presence in the paint and out on the
perimeter where he has connected on 33.8 percent of his 3-point tries.
More often than not, Burton and Evans are able to put together solid efforts
at the offensive end of the floor, but the duo will need to work a bit harder
at the defensive end in order to slow down Bejarano and the potential for a
much-needed road win for the Rams.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 68, Colorado State 65
01/29 10:35:47 ET
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