Topic: Malik Story
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December 8, 2012 at 10:58 AM
Scouting report: Nevada
Game info: 5 p.m. Saturday at Alaska Airlines Arena (10,000 capacity)
TV: Pac-12 Networks (Kevin Calabro and Detlef Schrempf)
Radio: KJR 950 AM and 102.9 FM (Bob Rondeau and Jason Hamilton)
Stats/schedule: Click here.
Game notes: Nevada and Washington.
Coach: David Carter is 66-43 in his fourth year with the Wolf Pack. He’s also spent five years with the team as an assistant.
Prediction: Picked to finish fifth in the 9-team Mountain West by media who cover the conference.
Series: Washington leads series 6-2. UW is 3-1 at home including a 90-60 win in the last meeting at Hec Ed in 2010.
Last meeting: Nevada rallied from a 5-point deficit in the last 34 seconds and sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime. The Wolf Pack also overcame an early 4-point deficit in the extra period before claiming a 76-73 overtime win on Dec. 2, 2011 at Lawlor Events Center.
Previous game: Lost 78-72 in overtime at Pacific on Tuesday.
PLAYERS TO WATCH:
— The Huskies are very familiar with junior guard Deonte Burton (right), who was the star in their last meeting. He sank a three-pointer as time expired in regulation and finished with a career-high 31 points. Burton also tallied 14 points against UW as a freshman in 2010. The 6-1, 190-pound guard from Los Angeles has started in all 75 games the past three seasons. He was named to the five-team team Mountain West preseason team.
The left-handed guard is a torrential scorer. He’s averaging 18.9 points and has scored in double figures in the last seven games. He’s also led the Pack in scoring in five games. After tallying 24 points this week at Pacific, he has 1,105 career points that puts him 18th on Nevada’s all-time scoring list.
Burton began his career tagged as the most underrated guard in the country. Now he’s known as Mr. Clutch because he’s made five game-tying or game-winning shots in the final 14 seconds. Here’s video (above) of his game-winner against Green Bay and UC-Davis.
Still, his favorite moment is the shot against the Huskies. You can watch it on his sophomore highlight video (the shot is at the 1:53 mark).
“That’s the one that kind of got it all started,” he said. “Not just for me, but for the team. We were kind of struggling and winning that game like we did – beating a really good team – gave us confidence to go on and have a good season.”
— Senior shooting guard Malik Story is averaging 16.9 points and he ranks 20th on Nevada’s all-time scoring list with 1,093. Against Washington, he had 13 points on 5-for-16 shooting last year. In 2010, he had 11 points on 5-for-12 shooting. Story doesn’t score like Burton. He’s more of a shooter than a slasher. He’s taken the most three-pointers (49) on the team and shoots 38.8 percent behind the arc.
Story began his career at Indiana and transferred after his freshman year. He sat out the 2009-10 season and has started every game at Nevada alongside Burton. Story’s career scoring high is 34 points. He’s scored in double figures in five games this season and has led the Pack in scoring three times.