Jan. 08, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Deonte Burton scored 29 points Wednesday night to lead Nevada to a road win over Mountain West Conference-rival UNLV, 74-71.
Trailing 36-34 at halftime, the Wolf Pack scored the first 11 points of the second half to pull ahead 45-36. Nevada continued on a 23-10 run to go up 57-46 with 11:13 left, and cruised to victory.
The Wolf Pack (8-8, 3-0 Mountain West) got 18 points and seven rebounds from Michael Perez, while A.J. West added 11 points and nine rebounds. Nevada was outrebounded 46-38 by UNLV in the game but had better marksmanship, hitting 29 of 65 (45 percent) from the field.
UNLV (10-6, 1-2) had four players in double figures, led by Bryce Dejean-Jones' 15 points. Roscoe Smith, the nation's leading rebounder, had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels, who lost their second in a row at home.
"We've got to figure out why it is, that we've been so much better away from the Thomas and Mack, than we've been in the Thomas and Mack," said UNLV coach Dave Rice, whose Rebels are 6-5 at home and 4-1 away from Las Vegas.
UNLV was outscored by Nevada in the paint, 38-32. The Rebels, who led by as many as 11 late in the first half, also shot an abysmal 3 of 15 (20 percent) from 3-point range, and just 22 of 63 (35 percent) from the field.
Nevada turned back UNLV's 34-23 lead by closing the first half on an 11-2 run. The Wolf Pack held UNLV to just two points over a seven-minute period, spanning the final 3:10 of the first half and the first 3:50 of the second half.
"We just didn't stay focused and they definitely took advantage of us in the second half," Smith said.
Nevada has now won three in a row, and will host Utah State on Saturday in Reno. UNLV, meanwhile, is off for a week and has two tough road games at New Mexico on Jan. 15 and No. 13 San Diego State on Jan. 18.
Nevada men's basketball postgame notes
Nevada improved to 8-8 on the season and 3-0 in Mountain West play after defeating UNLV (10-6, 1-2 MW) 74-71 in Las Vegas tonight.
The Wolf Pack has won a season-high three in a row.
The Pack improved to 5-2 on the road and 5-4 away from Reno. Last season Nevada was 2-12 away from home.
The win snapped an eight-game losing skid to the Rebels. The Wolf Pack's last win in the series also came in Las Vegas, 68-61 on Nov. 26, 2005.
The win is part of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy competition between the two Nevada schools.
The Pack's three wins in Mountain West play equals its total from last season when Nevada finished last in the league with a 3-13 record, in its initial year in the conference.
Nevada had a season-high 10 blocks. AJ West totaled five blocks which is the top total by a Pack player this season.
Nevada hosts Utah State (11-3, 1-1 MW) on Saturday at 5:05 p.m.
Deonte Burton scored a game-high 29 points to move over 1,800 for his career. Burton's 1,815 points ranks fourth in school history behind Edgar Jones' (1975-79) 1,877. He became the school leader in free throws made with 549, three more than Nick Fazekas (2004-07).
Burton has scored 20 or more points in game 11 times this year and posted a game-high for the ninth time. It was the 13th time he led the Pack in scoring.
Burton, the NCAA I leader in minutes played logged a season-low 32 minutes tonight. He entered the game having played 233 minutes and 31 seconds consecutively. The streak ended at 240 minutes and 22 seconds as he went to the bench at the 13:09 mark of the first half tonight.
Junior guard Michael Perez tied his career-high with 18 points. Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season.
West scored in double figures for the third consecutive game with 11 points and was one rebound short of his second double-double grabbing nine boards.
Jerry Evans, Jr. and West tied for team-high honors with nine rebounds each.
West's line was 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 20 minutes. He had four fouls that limited his minutes.
Head coach David Carter earned his first win as the Pack's head coach in the intrastate rivalry. Carter is 82-66 in his fifth season at Nevada.
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