After watching his team drop its first home contest of the season 76-66 to Drake, Carter searched for answers to the performance of his players and was left with more questions.
Questioning his team’s toughness and suggesting that perhaps some players have become content, Carter said changes will be made in order to get the Wolf Pack pointed in the right direction.
“You have to shake it up because I think guys are getting complacent. I got complacent thinking that certain guys were going to step up and they haven’t, so you have to make a change,” he said. “I think it’s the best thing to do. I think you have to re-evaluate after seven games and find out what’s best for the team and what’s best for the rest of the season. It’s not a tough decision. It’s about guys being productive. You have to get your best players out on the floor.”
In its seven games, Nevada (4-3) has relied heavily on its best two players, Deonte Burton and Malik Story. Combined, Burton and Story have accounted for 47 percent of the Silver and Blue’s points this season. Friday night at Lawlor Events Center was no different, as Story tallied a game-high 19 points and Deonte Burton totaled 12, the only Pack players to hit double-digits.
Carter said that dependency has become a detrimental crutch for his team.
“I thought we tried to rely on two guys, Malik and Deonte,” he said. “We didn’t get anything out of anyone else really. That’s the way our game has been going lately. Offensively trying to get it to just two guys, you just can’t do it, especially against good teams.”
While Nevada did not get enough contribution outside of Burton and Story to stay perfect at home, another area of the contest concerned Carter.
Drake dominated the interior, putting away 11 second chance points and scoring 14 points in the paint in the first half en route to a 45-39 lead at intermission. In the second half, the Bulldogs stayed down low and added another 14 points from the paint. A five-point deficit was the closest the Wolf Pack would get with 15 minutes left to play.
“Second-chance points come off rebounds. We’re not tough enough underneath the basket to get rebounds,” Carter said. “We know who’s going to shoot the ball and where we’re going offensively, but we’re just not getting it done.
“Hopefully we can learn from this and get tougher, find the right combination and get the right guys on the floor to move forward and have a successful year.”
Although his teams showing in defeat will force modifications to the lineup, Carter is not worried that it will be a recurring issue.
“ We’ll get it corrected.”