Nov. 29, 2013
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LAS VEGAS (AP) - Missouri remains undefeated with an 83-70 win over Nevada in the final round of the Las Vegas Invitational on Friday night.
Jordan Clarkson had 21 points for the Tigers (7-0), who converted 31 of 33 free-throw attempts.
Deonte Burton led Nevada (3-5) with 20 points and three blocks. He was 8 of 10 from the free-throw line. Marqueze Coleman had 15 points for the Wolf Pack, which ended the tourney 1-3.
Nevada cut the Tigers' lead to five with six minutes left in the game, but Missouri went on a 16-8 run to pull away.
The tournament's championship format was changed to round-robin this year to accommodate Missouri's and UCLA's wishes that the teams not play twice this season. They meet at Missouri on Dec. 7.
The Tigers came out aggressive early against the Wolf Pack, jumping to an 11-2 start and leading by many as 21 late in the first half. Brown and Ross each had 16 points in the half.
Nevada men’s basketball postgame notes
Nevada is 3-5 after falling 83-70 to Missouri (7-0) in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational at the Orleans Arena tonight.
Nevada has two more games remaining in a four-game stretch away from Reno. The Wolf Pack plays at UC Davis on Dec. 7 and at Cal on Dec. 10.
Nevada went 1-3 in the tournament. The Pack is 3-5 all-time at the Orleans Arena.
The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high three in a row.
Deonte Burton led Nevada with 20 points. Burton has led the Pack in scoring in all eight games this season. Seven times he has scored 20 or more points and had 19 in the other game.
Burton entered the game seventh in career scoring at Nevada but moved past Pete Padgett’s (1972-76) 1,642 points for sixth and went on to tie Terrance Green (1999-03) for fifth with 1,646.
Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points tonight.
Ronnie Stevens, Jr. earned his first start and tied his season-high with eight points. Stevens had eight points for the first time this season last night against UCLA.
Junior guard Michael Perez has made a 3-pointer in every game this season.
Nevada trailed by 21 points in the first half but rallied to close within five with 7:03 to play in the game before the Tigers won by 13.
Jerry Evans, Jr. led the Pack with eight rebounds. Evans has topped the team in rebounding a team-high five times this season and 21 times in his career.
Head coach David Carter is 77-63 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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