Nov. 28, 2012
RENO, Nev. - University of Nevada (4-2) junior point guard Deonte Burton came through in the clutch for third time this season as the Wolf Pack defeated UC Davis (1-3) 84-83 at Lawlor Events Center. With the victory the Pack improved to 4-2 while the Aggies fell to 1-3.
With the Pack trailing 83-82 Burton drove the lane and hit the shot with 3 seconds to play to give the Pack an 84-83 victory. The Los Angeles native has given the Pack fans several exciting moments at Lawlor this season.
With Nevada trailing CS Fullerton 77-75 on Nov. 16 he drove the lane scored and converted the free throw after being fouled to put the Pack up 78-77 with 14 seconds to play. It was not all offensive as he blocked a potential game winning layup at the other end of the court then sealed the victory with two more free as he scored the last five points of the game the Pack won 80-77. He delivered the next night against Green Bay hitting a game-winning three-pointer from deep behind the arc with 2 seconds on the clock to give the Pack a 71-69 victory over the Phoenix. This coming after GB had just gone ahead 69-68 on a three-pointer.
Tonight Nevada jumped to a 12-point advantage with less than seven minutes gone in the game but UCD would not go away and closed within five by halftime, 41-36. The Pack built an eight-point advantage in the second half but again the Aggies rallied and tied the game at 52-52 at the 12:53 mark.
The two teams went back-and-forth down the stretch and UCD led 74-73 with 2:53 to play. With 1:11 to go Nevada was in front 82-79 and 82-80 with 59 seconds to play. UCD's Ryan Sypkens' eighth three-pointer of the game put the Aggies in front 83-82 with 16 seconds on the clock. After a Pack timeout Burton delivered the game-winning shot with 3 seconds remaining in the game.
The game was tied 10 times and there were 13 lead changes before the Pack prevailed.
Burton finished with a game-high 26 points and senior shooting guard Malik Story scored 23. It was Burton's fifth consecutive double figure scoring game and Story scored 20 or more points for the third consecutive game and fourth on the season. Junior guard Jordan Burris scored a season-high 11 points off the bench.
Sypkens finished with 24 points making eight-of-11 three-pointers in the game. Corey Hawkins (15), Josh Ritchart (13) and J.T. Adenrele (12) also scored in double figures.
Nevada shot a season-high 51.7 percent but the Aggies shot 54.9 percent in the game. The Pack and Aggies each grabbed 29 rebounds in the game. Kevin Panzer led the Pack with eight boards and Ryan Howley posted a game-high nine for UCD.
Nevada hosts Drake (2-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. as part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.
University of Nevada Men's Basketball
Nevada improved to 4-2 with an 84-83 victory over UC Davis (1-3).
Junior point guard Deonte Burton's shot with 3 seconds to play gave Nevada the victory. It was the third time this season Burton has won a game down the stretch for the Wolf Pack.
Fourth-year Wolf Pack head coach David Carter is now 66-41 at Nevada. The 66 wins are ninth most in school history.
Burton scored a game-high 26 points after a game-high 28 at Marshall last Saturday. Burton has scored in double figures in the last five games.
Malik Story finished with 23 points. It was Story's third consecutive 20 plus point game and fourth of the season. In the last three games he has scored 73 points and made 12-of-24 three pointers.
Burton's 1,068 career points after tonight ranks 19th in school history.
Story's 1,062 career points after tonight's game is tied with Matt Williams (1987-91) for 20th.
Junior guard Jordan Burris scored in double figures for the first time this season finishing with 11 points in the victory. Burris played a season-high 26 minutes which is one off his career high.
Burton and Story combined for 49 points and at Marshall on Saturday combined for 53. The backcourt duo has combined for 102 points in the last two games.
Story's 185 career three-pointers made moved him into a tie with Jerry Hogan (1990-94) for third on Nevada's career list.
Junior forward Kevin Panzer led the Pack with eight rebounds. It is the second time this season Panzer has led the Pack in rebounding.
Senior Patrick Nyeko scored for the first time this season finishing with four points and career-high four assists.
Nevada hosts Drake (2-3) on Friday at 7 p.m. The DU game is part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.