Burton Named College Sports Madness MW POW

College Sports Madness has named Nevada guard Deonte Burton Madness Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for his exceptional performance during the past week. College Sports Madness identifies the highest impact players nationally and from each conference in our weekly feature. Check out the entire list at http://www.collegesportsmadness.com/mens-basketball/weekly-awards.

Burton averaged 27 points, two rebounds, three assists and four steals as the Pack split a pair of road games.   From the field he shot 54.5 (18-of-33) percent and made 14-of-18 (77.8 %) from the free throw line.

Burton began the week scoring a game-high 25 points in a 78-72 loss at Pacific.  He was good on eight-of-16 shots from the field and eight-of-11 free throws.  In addition he dished out four assists, collected two steals and had a block.

In the Pack's first road win of the season at Washington he scored a season and game-high 29 points as Nevada knocked off the Huskies 76-73.  The 29 points is the high by a Pack player this season, one more than his 28 at Marshall.  Of his 29 points 19 came in the second half and he scored 10 of the Pack's final 16 points of the game.  It was his fourth 20 plus point game of the season and his eighth consecutive double figure scoring game.  He made 10-of-17 shots, three-of-five 3-pointers and six-of-seven free throws.  All three of his 3-pointers made came in the second half as he was three-for-four from behind the arc in the second half.  Burton had a career-high six steals and added a pair of assists.  

After Washington rallied from and 18-point deficit to take a one-point advantage with 5:21 to play he converted a traditional three-point play to put the Pack in front 63-61.  Nevada would not trail again.  The Huskies got within a point at 67-66 but his 3-pointer increased the advantage to four, after a pair of free throws by UW he again hit a tough 3-pointer to make it a five-point game with 1:58 to play.  Washington scored two more and he added a free throw to make the score 74-70, giving him a stretch of scoring seven points in a row down the stretch.  He scored seven of Nevada's final nine points of the game and 10 of the final 16 for the Wolf Pack.

In two games versus UW Burton has scored 60 points, 31 last season and 29 this year.  The 31 points is his career high.

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