Nevada Falls to No. 19 UCLA, 105-84 in Las Vegas


Michael Perez scored 18 points in the UCLA  game.

Michael Perez scored 18 points in the UCLA game.

Nov. 28, 2013

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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Jordan Adams and Zach LaVine each scored 21 points to lead No. 19 UCLA to a 105-84 victory over Nevada on Thursday in the opening round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Five players scored in double figures for the Bruins (6-0), who quickly erased an early five-point deficit and built a double-digit lead less than 10 minutes into the game.

UCLA's lead got as high as 19 in the first half, when the Bruins shot 16 of 25 (64 percent) from the field and 17 of 18 at the free throw line. They finished at 60.7 percent from the floor, including 10 of 20 from 3-point range.

Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans Jr. each scored 20 points for Nevada (3-4), while Michael Perez added 18.

UCLA will play Northwestern on Friday, and the Wolf Pack will face Missouri.

It was the second consecutive 100-point game for the Bruins, who beat Tennessee-Chattanooga 106-65 on Sunday.

After falling behind 7-2 only 2 minutes into the game, UCLA scored nine straight points in a 16-4 run to pull ahead 18-11 at the 13:06 mark. LaVine hit a pair of 3-pointers to spark the first spurt. The freshman guard scored 10 of UCLA's first 25 points to help the Bruins extend their lead to 10 points midway through the first half.

The Wolf Pack refused to go away, scoring the next four points to cut the lead to 25-19. But that was the closest they would get the rest of the game. Adams quickly ended Nevada's mini-run with a 3-pointer, then the Bruins went on a 10-for-10 run from the free throw line to go back up by 12 with 5:29 left.

David Wear scored the Bruins' final nine points of the half to give UCLA a 56-39 lead at the break.



Nevada men's basketball postgame notes


Nevada is 3-4 after falling 105-84 to #19 UCLA (6-0) in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena.

Nevada concludes play in the invitational against Missouri on Friday at 5:30 p.m.  The game will air on ESPN3.  The Tigers defeated Northwestern 78-67 tonight to improve to 6-0.

The Wolf Pack is now 1-2 in the invitational.

Nevada has lost two in a row for the first time this season.

UCLA has won all five meetings with Nevada.

The Pack allowed 100 points for the first time since BYU scored 110 on Dec. 22, 2009.  That game was also played at the Orleans Arena as part of a tournament.

Seniors Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans, Jr. tied for team-high honors 20 points each.  It was the first game this season that Burton did not score the most points for Nevada and just the second time he did not score a game high.

The 20 points is a career-high for Evans surpassing his previous high of 19 set his sophomore season against San Jose State (1/12/12).

Evans led the Pack with five rebounds.  He has now topped the team in rebounding a season-high four times and 20 times in his career.

Burton has scored 20 or more points in six-of-seven games this season and had 19 in the other.   Burton tied his career-high with four 3-pointers made which occurred for the seventh time.  He started his 105th consecutive game, ever game since coming to Nevada.

Junior Michael Perez had a season-high 18 points.  Perez has scored in double figures five times this season.  He has made a three-pointer in each game.

For the first time this season sophomore Cole Huff did not score missing his only shot in the game.  Foul trouble limited Huff to a season-low 12 minutes of action.

Junior Ronnie Stevens, Jr. scored a season-high eight points playing a season-high 27 minutes.

Freshman Patrick Conroy saw his first action playing two minutes.

Head coach David Carter is 77-62 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack and ranks ninth in career wins.  Carter is two back of his mentor Trent Johnson's (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.

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