Nevada hosts longtime rival Utah State Saturday

Michael Perez averages 12.3 points per game.

Jan. 10, 2014

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Nevada hosts longtime rival Utah State Saturday:  Nevada (8-8, 3-0 MW) hosts longtime rival Utah State (11-3, 1-1 MW) on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. PT.  The Wolf Pack has won a season-high three in a row while the Aggies have won six of seven games.  The Pack sits atop the Mountain West standings at 3-0 while USU is 1-1.  The two schools battled for seven seasons in the Western Athletic Conference.

Wednesday, 5:05 p.m. PT
(8-8, 3-0 MW)
Utah State Aggies
(11-3, 1-1 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.

RADIO: University of Nevada Radio Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630
AM Reno; KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and
KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
    Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); Len Stevens (analyst);  pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
SERIES HISTORY: USU leads the series 31-15.  Nevada won the last two meetings in the 2011-12 season, its final in the WAC.  The Aggies won the previous five games and hold a 6-4 advantage in the last 10.
UP NEXT: Nevada hosts Boise State on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  The game will air on the Mountain West Sports Network.

Utah State Aggies (11-3, 1-1 MW)
Series: USU leads 31-15
Last meeting: Nevada won 53-52 on Feb. 2, 2012 in Reno.
Coach: Stew Morrill (Gonzaga, 1974)
    at USU: 376-132 (16th season)
    Overall:  594-270 (29th season)
Double figure scorers:  C-Jarred Shaw, 6-10 (15 ppg), G-Preston Medlin, 6-4 (14.2 ppg), G/F-Spencer Butterfield, 6-3 (14.1 ppg), F-Kyle Davis, 6-7 (10.3 ppg)
Leading rebounders:  F-Kyle Davis, 6-7 (8.8 rpg), C-Jarred Shaw, 6-10 (7.9 rpg)
Assist leaders:   G-Preston Medlin, 6-4 (4.1 apg), G/F-Spencer Butterfield, 6-3 (2.9 apg)


- Nevada has won a season-high three in a row.

- Nevada is 3-0 in the MW for the first time.  Last season the Pack went 3-13 in MW play to finish last.  

- The Wolf Pack outrebounded four consecutive opponents and six of seven until UNLV won the battle of the boards 46-38.  The Pack is 6-2 when outrebounding its opponent this year.  

- Nevada's 12-point victory, 62-50 at SJSU is the Wolf Pack's only double digit victory of the season.  

- Nevada's win over Wyoming is the only victory when leading at halftime this season.
- In three MW games the Pack defense has held opponents to a MW low 59.7 points per game.   Nevada's 36.6 field goal percentage defense also tops the conference and 26.9 three-point field goal percentage is second.  

- Nevada had a season-high 10 blocks at UNLV with AJ West leading the way with five.  The last time the Pack recorded 10 blocks was versus Bradley in Chicago on Nov. 26, 2011 a game won by Nevada 64-59.

- The Pack are tied with UNLV for first in MW play averaging six blocks per game.

- Nevada is 5-4 away from Reno this season, 5-2 in road games and 0-2 on neutral courts.  Last year the Pack won just two games away from Reno.  They were 2-11 in 13 true road games and 2-12 away from Lawlor Events Center.

- Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.

- The Pack is 5-4 in games decided by five points or less and 7-6 in games decided by 10 points or less.  Five games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-2 in those contests.  The Pack is 1-1 in overtime.

- Four Nevada players average double figure points; Deonte Burton (22.3), Jerry Evans, Jr. (13.3), Michael Perez (12.3) and Cole Huff (10.1).

- Burton's dunk on a pass from Marqueze Coleman at UNLV was #2 on the ESPN SportsCenter  top 10 plays of the day. It is the third time he made the top 10 in his career, twice last year.  Once at UNLV for a dunk and once at New Mexico in the same week for a block.

- Burton's 22.3 points per game leads the MW and ranks seventh nationally.  His 38.7 minutes per game leads NCAA I.  Burton played 240 minutes and 22 seconds consecutively.  The streak ended when he left the UNLV contest at the 13:09 mark of the first half at UNLV.

- Burton scored his 1,800th point in the UNLV game and his current 1,815 points ranks fourth in school history.  Edgar Jones (1975-79) is third with 1,877 points.  

- Burton has scored 16 or more points in all 16 games this season.  The season-low 16 came versus Wyoming.  Once he scored 18 points, three times he scored 19 points and totaled 20 or more points in the other 11 games.  Nine times he posted game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at Bakersfield, 28 vs. Chattanooga, 19 vs. Morehead State, 26 at Cal, 18 at San Jose State, 16 vs. Wyoming and 29 at UNLV.

- Evans has four career games of scoring 20 or more points in a game and all came in seven games over a one month stretch from Nov. 28-Dec. 28.  He scored a career-high 25 points at UC Davis, had 24 vs. Omaha, 21 vs. LBSU and 20 vs. #19 UCLA.  On the season he is second on the team scoring 13.3 points per game which ranks 20th in the MW.  

- Evans career-high stretch of five consecutive double figure scoring games ended at SJSU when he totaled eight.

- Evans scored a season-low two points at UNLV making 1-of-12 shots.  In MW play he is averaging five points and is shooting 21.4 percent.

- Three times Evans has led the team in scoring with 25 at UCD, 24 vs. Omaha and 21 vs. LBSU.  He tied Burton for the honor with 20 vs. #19 UCLA.

- Burton has the led team in scoring in 13 games with one being a tie with Jerry Evans, Jr. as both had 20 vs. #19 UCLA.

- Burton tied his career-high with 31 points at USF.  Burton's 20 field attempted was a career best while four 3-pointers made tied his career high.  At UNLV he made a career-high 12 field goals.
- Evans tops the team averaging 6.3 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high seven times.  He has played in 110 games and started 91 during his career.

- Evans recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds versus Long Beach State.  

- Sophomore Cole Huff posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game.  The 10 rebounds is a career best and he equaled it with 10 at SJSU.  He is second on the team averaging 5.3 boards per game.

- Huff scored a career-high 16 points in the Long Beach State game.

- Junior guard Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points at UNLV.  He also scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA and at Cal.  Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season and made the Pack's only 3-pointer at SJSU.  Scored in double figures 11 times.
- Twice Perez led the team in rebounding with six at Cal Poly and tied for game high honors with eight at Cal.  His 4.3 rebounds per game is third on the team.

- Junior AJ West has played the last five games earning four starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA.  West is averaging 9.6 points and eight rebounds.  In the Wyoming game he posted his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.  At SJSU he was one rebound short of a double-double finishing with 15 points and nine rebounds.  In the UNLV game he was once again one rebound shy of a double-double with 11 points and nine rebounds but blocked five shots.

- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA.  Coleman returned in the UNLV game after missing five games as a result of eye surgery.

- Senior forward Ali Fall has missed three games with an ankle injury this season.  Fall scored two points at UNLV in 20 minutes.  The 20 minutes is the most since Nov. 22 when the played 21 against Chattanooga.

- Head coach David Carter is 82-66 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack.  Carter moved past his mentor Trent  Johnson's (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.

- Burton was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.

- Burton earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer.

Albright, Carter lead the way for Samaritan's Feet efforts:  Nevada women's basketball coach Jane Albright, along with men's coach David Carter, will be hosting Barefoot Basketball at home games this week to raise awareness for Samaritan's Feet, a global non-profit aimed at providing shoes for impoverished children.
    The Wolf Pack coaches have each donated $500 to purchase shoes from the Nike Store at Legends Marina and additional donations from donors have allowed for even more shoes to be purchased. All of the shoes purchased by the Wolf Pack will stay in the Northern Nevada community.
    During the Pack's home games this week - the women host rival UNLV in a Governor's Series matchup Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Lawlor and the men play host to Utah State on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. - fans will be able to contribute as well. By simply texting "shoes" to 85944, fans can make a $10 donation to Samaritan's Feet.
    Samaritans Feet is a non-profit organization founded by Emmanuel Ohonme in 2003. Their mission is to equip 10 million impoverished children with 10 million shoes. Since beginning in 2003, Samaritan's Feet has helped more than four million people in 60 countries.

BURTON LOGGING HEAVY MINUTES:   Senior point guard Deonte Burton leads the country averaging 38.7 minutes per game.  With the return of sophomore Marqueze Coleman, Burton was able to get some rest and played a season-low 32 minutes at UNLV but delivered a game-high 29 points.  
    Burton entered the UNLV game having played ever minute in the last five games which includes all 45 in the overtime game with Long Beach State.  Going back to the 11:29 mark of the first half at Cal, Burton played 240 minutes and 22 seconds consecutively.  The streak ended when he left the UNLV contest at the 13:09 mark of the first half.
    In a seven game stretch that started at UC Davis and ended versus Wyoming he played all but 82 seconds.   In the UC Davis overtime contest on Dec. 7 he played all but 54 seconds.  At Cal on Dec. 10 he received 28 seconds of rest.  
    At Bakersfield he played all 40 minutes.  He has played 39 minutes once and 38 minutes twice.

NEVADA 3-0 IN MW PLAY:   Nevada sits atop the conference standings with a perfect 3-0 record.  The three wins equals its total from all last season when the Wolf Pack went 3-13 in its first year in conference and finished last in the nine-team league.
    San Diego State and Boise State are both 2-0.  
    With the addition of SJSU and Utah State the league will be 11 teams this season.  The nine returning members are Nevada, UNLV, San Diego State, Colorado State, Air Force, New Mexico, Wyoming, Boise State and Fresno State.  UNM was picked in the preseason coaches poll to repeat as MW Champions.  The Pack were picked to finish ninth.

PEREZ ADDS OFFENSIVE PUNCH:  Junior guard Michael Perez has added offensive punch to the Pack lineup this season averaging 12.3 points and 3.1 assists per game.  Perez, a transfer from UTEP sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules.  He has filled the spot at shooting guard after the graduation of three-year starter Malik Story from last year's squad.
    The 6-3 guard has scored in double figures in 11 games on the season and made a three-pointer in each contest.  In addition to the ranking second on the team averaging 12.3 points per game he is second dishing out 3.1 assists per game.  His 4.3 rebounds per game is third on the squad.
    At UNLV he tied his career high with 18 points.  He also scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA and at Cal.  From the field he shoots 40.5 percent and 36.9 percent from behind the arc.

EVANS RECORDS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE:  Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against Long beach State.  The 6-8 guard is stepping up his game in his final season.  Evans has played in 110 games during his career and made 91 starts.  
    Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 13.3 points per game to rank second on the team and 20th in the MW.  Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.3.
    After a career-high stretch of five consecutive double figure scoring games he has not reached double figures in the three MW games and scored a season-low two points, making 1-of-12 field goals at UNLV.  However the Pack senior has rebounded well in those three contests, all wins.  At UNLV he had nine boards, grabbed six versus Wyoming and totaled five at SJSU.
    In 10-of-15 games Evans has scored in double figures and four times scored 20 or more points.  All four of his career games of 20 or more points came in a seven game stretch that started with 20 versus #19 UCLA and included his 21 points at home against Long Beach State.  At UC Davis he scored a career-high 25 points.  He posted team-highs with 24 versus Omaha and 21 against LBSU.
    Three times he led the team in scoring at UCD, versus Omaha and against LBSU.  The 20 points against UCLA tied Deonte Burton for team-high honors.
BALANCED ATTACK:  Nevada uses a balanced scoring attack with four player averaging double figures.  All four are starters for the Wolf Pack.  Eight times this season four Wolf Pack players scored in double figures in a game versus; Pacific, at USF, vs. Chattanooga, vs. #19 UCLA, at UC Davis, vs. Iona, vs. Long Beach State and vs. Wyoming.  The Pack is 4-4 in those eight games.
    Senior guard Deonte Burton leads the MW and ranks eighth nationally averaging 22.3 points per game.  Burton has scored 16 or more points in every game this season.
    Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team and 20th in the MW scoring 13.3 points per contest.  Evans has scored in double figures in 10-of-15 games played.  All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come in the last 10 games.
    Junior newcomer Michael Perez is third on the squad scoring 12.3 points per game.  Perez has reached double figures 11 times on the season and scored season-high 18 three times.
    The fourth player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 10.1 points per game.  Huff scored a career-high 16 points versus Long Beach State and has reached double figures seven times.
HUFF POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE:  Sophomore forward Cole Huff recorded his first career double-double and first of the season by a Pack player with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game.  The 10 rebounds is a career high and he equaled it with 10 at San Jose State but fell two points short of a second double-double against the Spartans.  
    Huff made 5-of-10 shots from the field including 2-or-4 from behind the arc against Iona.  He grabbed two offensive rebounds and eight defensive boards against Iona.
    In four of the last eight games he has scored in double figures, twice he had nine points and totaled eight in another.  Seven times on the season he netted double figures including three consecutive games early in the season.  His career-high of 16 came this season at home against Long Beach State.

WEST PROVIDING INSIDE PRESENCE:  In five games in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, junior forward AJ West has provided the Pack with a presence in the middle defensively and offensively.  West is averaging 9.6 points, eight rebounds and 2.2 blocks per game.
    At UNLV he scored 11 points, had nine rebounds and five blocks in just 20 minutes.
    After three MW games he ranks third in field goal percentage making 60.7 percent of his shots.  His 5.3 offensive rebounds per game leads the league, 10 rebounds per game is sixth and 2.3 blocks per game ranks sixth.
    In the MW opener at SJSU he recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.   The 12 rebounds is a game and season high.
    West has started four of the five games in which he has played and scored in double figures in the last three games.  At San Jose State he totaled 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
      In his first game against Iona, West scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked a shot in 17 minutes.  Against LBSU he made his first start in which he scored six points, had five rebounds and blocked three shots in 24 minutes.
    The 6-9 forward averaged 10.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.1 blocks his sophomore year at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
    One piece of irony is that West's first game for the Pack came against another school from New Rochelle, N.Y.   The Iona and Monroe College campuses are located 1.3 miles from each other.

COLEMAN RETURNS:  Sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman saw his first action in six  games at UNLV and scored four points, had three assists and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench.  Coleman missed five games after having eye surgery following the Cal game.
    His return allowed Deonte Burton to get rest for the first time in five games and a stretch of just over 240 consecutive minutes played.
    Coleman is averaging 7.8 points and 3.4 rebounds in 20.3 minutes per game.  He earned two starts early in the season and has scored in double figures four times including a career-high 15 against #19 UCLA.

STEVENS, JR. OUT:  Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. has missed the last six games after having surgery to repair a stress fracture.  Stevens is expected to return but a date has not been set.   He earned three starts and is averaging 4.6 points and 3.3 rebounds in 16.8 minutes per game.

BURTON SCORES 1,800TH POINT:  Senior guard Deonte Burton scored a game-high 29 points at UNLV and became the fourth player in school history to record 1,800 career points.  Burton's 1,815 career points ranks fourth in school history behind Edgar Jones (1975-79) who scored 1,876 points at Nevada.  Burton began his senior season 10th in scoring at Nevada and after 16 games has climbed to fourth.
    In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 114th consecutive start against UNLV, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    Burton's 432 assists ranks seventh, five back of  Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 147 steals is eight behind Curtis High's (1983-85) 155 for fifth.
    His 164 three-pointers made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170.  In 114 games he has attempted 478 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
    Burton broke a tie at UNLV with Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) for free throws made as his 549 is now first.  In the Missouri game Burton moved past Fazekas and now has attempted a school record 728 free throws.
CARTER PASSES JOHNSON:  The victory at San Jose State gave fifth-year head coach David Carter his 80th career win at Nevada which moved him past his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04) for eighth most in school history.  
    Carter is now 82-66 at Nevada and Johnson went 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Wolf Pack.   Johnson brought Carter to Nevada as an assistant coach.  Pat Foster (1993-99) is seventh with 90 wins.  
MR. CLUTCH DELIVERS AGAIN:  Nevada fans have come to expect senior guard Deonte Burton to come through down the stretch as he has done throughout his career.
    Against Wyoming Burton did it once again scoring the go ahead basket with 32 seconds to play to give the Pack a 59-58 lead over the Cowboys.  A Wyoming shot with 4 seconds to go was no good and two free throws by Michael Perez sealed the victory.
    Burton's second game-winning shot of the season came versus Chattanooga on Nov. 22 as he hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Pack an 83-81 victory over the Mocs.  He scored a game-high 28 points.
    Burton's heroics closed out the game at Cal Poly as he drove the lane and hit the bucket with 6.6 seconds to play to put the Pack up 59-58.  He converted the free throw after being fouled and Nevada led 60-58.  Burton was not done as he stole the ball and dunked it as the clock expired.  The dunk did not count but put a cap on the comeback as Nevada scored the final six points after being down four with 17 seconds to play.
    His junior season he produced three game-winning shots in front of the home faithful. In the World Vision Classic 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 throws to give him the last five points in a 80-77 Pack victory.
    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 the 71-69 victory over the Phoenix. This coming after GB had just gone ahead 69-68 on a three-pointer.  Burton's three-pointer gave him exactly 1,000 career points in the Silver & Blue.  
    Against UC Davis on Nov. 28, 2012 he hit a jumper in the lane with 3 seconds on the clock to give Nevada an 84-83 victory over the Aggies. He finished with a game-high 26 points.
    It started his sophomore year with a game-tying three-pointer to force overtime versus Washington. A game, the Pack would win 76-73 in overtime as he scored eight-of-10 points in the extra period.
    The first game-winning shot of his career was a three-pointer as a sophomore with 11 seconds on the clock at home against Utah State giving the Pack a 53-52 victory.



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