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San Francisco (5-2) at Nevada (6-4)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, December 15, 6 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Lawlor Events Center (11,536) -- Reno, Nevada. Television: None. Home Record: USF 4-0, Nevada 5-1. Away Record: USF 1-1, Nevada 1-3. Neutral Record: USF 0-1, Nevada 0-0. Conference Record: USF 0-0, Nevada 0-0. Series Record: San Francisco leads, 46-30.
GAME NOTES: Shooting for a third straight win, the Nevada Wolf Pack readies the Lawlor Events Center for the arrival of the San Francisco Dons on Saturday.
Since losing two in a row and three of four games, the Pack has delivered back-to-back victories and is now two games over .500 as a result. The team's 69-56 triumph over Cal Poly on Tuesday was the squad's fifth in six tries at home thus far.
As for the Dons, they've been out of action since last weekend when they were defeated by Pacific on the road, 67-59. Not only was it the lowest-scoring effort of the campaign for USF, the outcome also snapped what had been a five- game win streak for the group.
The all-time series favors the Dons by a count of 46-30, but the two teams have not faced off since the 2002-03 campaign when Nevada posted a 64-61 win. USF has fallen in three straight meetings and has not won in Reno in two decades.
Mark Tollefson and Cole Dickerson both tallied 14 points for the Dons in the outing against Pacific in Stockton, the latter adding nine rebounds, but still that wasn't enough to keep the team from falling into the loss column. San Francisco allowed the Tigers to shoot 52.0 percent from the floor, the visitors hitting on only 6-of-15 at the free-throw line which is certainly one of the reasons why the Dons came up short. De'End Parker, who failed to score in double figures versus Pacific, remains the leading scorer for the program with his 17.9 ppg as he shoots a staggering 15-of-21 (.714) behind the three- point line which is tops in the nation. While Parker handles the action out on the perimeter, Dickerson continues to be disruptive in the paint, from his 13.4 ppg to his 13.1 rpg which is also tops in the country. Cody Doolin (11.1 ppg) could stand to work on his three-point shooting (.263) moving forward, but for now the team will look beyond it since he has handed out 49 of their 87 assists and has turned the ball over just 18 times.
The Wolf Pack opened the game versus Cal Poly on a 9-2 run and never looked back, the hosts hitting on 8-of-12 shots behind the three-point line in the first half before hitting the wall and missing all but one of seven attempts after the break in the 13-point win. Malik Story was responsible for 19 points and Jordan Burris another 13, while Jerry Evans came off the bench to come within two points of a double-double thanks to his game-high 14 rebounds. Nevada proved that it can earn a win even when star guard Deonte Burton has an off night, as he connected on just one of his four field goals and finished with a mere four points in 24 minutes of action. Burton, the leading scorer for the Pack in six games this season, is still producing a team-best 18.4 ppg as more than one-third of his total points have come at the free-throw line. Story is closing the gap between them with his 16.9 ppg, thanks to 41.3 percent accuracy out on the perimeter.
The problem with the Pack is that they have the potential to allow opponents to score significant points on any given day, and if Burton or Story doesn't hit their mark then it could spell trouble for Nevada.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Nevada 75, San Francisco 68
12/15 10:31:28 ET
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