Dec. 11, 2013
BEREKLEY, Calif. (AP) - Deonte Burton had 26 points, seven rebounds and five assists for Nevada, but the Wolf Pack fell to California 92-84 on Tuesday night.
Burton, who has never missed a start in three-plus years at the school, was 9-for-18 from the floor and finished five points shy of his career high.
Nevada made eight of its first 10 shots and led 17-10 early in the first half. Jerry Evans, Jr. had six points to get the Wolf Pack going while Burton had a pair of assists and a layup.
Evans, Jr. and Michael Perezeach added 18 points for the Wolf Pack.
Justin Cobbs scored 15 points with eight assists for the Bears (7-3) in the first meeting between the two schools since 2008. Jabari Bird added 16 points.
David Kravish had 16 points and eight rebounds, Jordan Mathews added 13 points in his first start of the season for California.
Wallace made three 3-pointers over the final 13 minutes, Mathews added 11 points and Solomon made a pair of free throws with 59.5 seconds remaining to help Cal take a 49-40 halftime lead.
Kravish scored eight straight points for the Bears to extend the lead to 61-49 before Burton nearly brought the Wolf Pack back.
The nation's 11th-leading scorer at the beginning of the month, Burton scored 12 of Nevada's 17 points over a span of eight minutes in the second half to trim the gap to 69-64.
Bird, held to four points in the first half, responded with a layup and 3-pointer, Kravish blocked a shot by Cole Huff and the Bears held on to remain unbeaten in six games at Haas Pavilion this season.
Nevada men’s basketball postgame notes
Nevada is 4-6 after fall 92-84 at Cal (7-3) tonight.
The Wolf Pack hosts Omaha (7-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m. It is the first of three in a row at Lawlor Events Center. Iona comes to Reno on Dec. 22 and Long Beach State on Dec. 28.
Cal leads the series 25-11 after tonight’s win and has won the last three games.
Tonight’s game was the fourth in a row away from Reno and the Pack went 1-3.
Nevada outrebounded Cal 34-23. The plus 11 rebound margin is the second highest of the season. The Pack outrebounded UC Davis by 18, 42-24 in its previous game.
Deonte Burton scored a game-high 26 points. It was the sixth time he posted a game-high, ninth time he led the team in scoring and eighth time he scored 20 or more points in game. He totaled 19 points in the Pack’s other two games. Burton recorded his 400th career assist in the game tonight and has 404 at Nevada to rank seventh.
After tonight Burton is nine points from 1,700. His 1,691 points ranks fifth in school history.
Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points. His first 18-point game was versus UCLA in Las Vegas. Perez made 5-of-8 three pointers. The five made three-pointers is his season-high and the high by a Nevada player this year. Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season. He grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to tie for game high honors. It was the second time he led the team in rebounding.
Jerry Evans, Jr. scored in double figures for the seventh time this season finishing the game with 18 points. It was his fifth double figure scoring game in the last six.
Head coach David Carter is 78-64 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack and ranks ninth in career wins. Carter is one win back of his mentor Trent Johnson’s (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.
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