Boise State at Nevada Tuesday Night: Winners of four in a row Nevada (9-8, 4-0 MW) hosts Boise State (11-5, 1-2 MW) in a Mountain West matchup on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m. The Broncos have lost of three of four games. The game will air on the Mountain West Network.
Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(9-8, 4-0 MW)
Boise State Broncos
(11-5, 1-2 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
TELEVISION: Mountain West Network / Campus Insider
Josh Suchon (play-by-play); Dave Bollwinkel (analyst)
FREE VIDEO STREAM: http://www.NevadaWolfPack.tv
FREE AUDIO: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/audio
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
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series 39-22. Both teams won at home last season and have split the last four outings. The Wolf Pack holds a 6-4 advantage in the last 10 meetings. The Pack has won 19 of the last 25 meetings.
UP NEXT: After a seven day break Nevada plays at Fresno State on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
- Nevada has won a season-high four in a row.
- Nevada is 4-0 in the MW for the first time. Last season the Pack went 3-13 in MW play to finish last.
- Nevada's 12-point victory, 62-50 at SJSU is the Wolf Pack's only double digit victory of the season.
- Nevada's wins over Wyoming and Utah State are the only victories when leading at halftime this season.
- In four MW games the Pack defense has held opponents to a MW low 58.2 points per game. Nevada leads the MW in field goal percentage defense (35.1%) and three-point field percentage defense (23.5%)
- 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 is Pack second in MW play averaging 5.8 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 8-6 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 (21.8), Jerry Evans, Jr. (12.8), Michael Perez (12.1) and Cole Huff (10.4).
- Burton's dunk on a pass from Marqueze Coleman at UNLV was #2 on the ESPN SportsCenter top 10 plays of the day. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHZAqUheUMk
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 21.8 points per game leads the MW and ranks 12th nationally. His 38.5 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 1,829 points ranks fourth in school history. Edgar Jones (1975-79) is third with 1,877 points.
- Burton has scored 14 or more points in all 17 games this season. The season-low 14 came versus Utah State. He netted 20 or more points in 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 12.8 points per game.
- 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 5.3 points and seven rebounds per game He is shooting 21.6 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 6.4 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high eight times. He has played in 111 games and started 92 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 led the Pack in scoring for the first time and tied his career-high with 16 points against Utah State. He also had 16 points in the Long Beach State game. It is the first time a player other than Burton or Evans led the team in scoring.
- 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.
- 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 16-of-17 games other than the Utah State contest. He made the Pack's only 3-pointer at SJSU. Scored in double figures 11 times.
- Junior AJ West has played the last six games earning five starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA. West is averaging 9.8 points and 7.8 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 missed five games as a result of eye surgery but has played the last two.
- 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 83-66 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.
NEVADA OFF TO 4-0 START IN MW PLAY: Winners of a season-high four in a row Nevada is off to its best start in Mountain West play and sits atop the conference standings with a 4-0 record. The four wins is one more that the Wolf Pack had in MW play all last season when the team went 3-13 in its first year in conference and finished last in the nine-team league.
San Diego State and New Mexico are both 3-0.
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.
WOLF PACK TURNS UP THE DEFENSE IN MW PLAY: After allowing teams to score 80.1 points per game and shoot 48.3 percent from the field including 36.9 percent from behind the arc, Nevada turned it around once Mountain West play began.
In four MW games the Pack is allowing a conference low 58.2 points per game. Nevada's 35.1 defensive field goal percentage tops the conference as does is its 23.5 defensive three-point percentage. The Pack's 5.8 blocks per game is second in the MW. Nevada ranks third averaging 25.3 defensive rebounds per game.
Defensive the Pack has held three MW opponents under 60 points. The 50 points by SJSU and 54 by Utah State are there low point totals for the year. Those two games along with the 58 scored by Wyoming are the lowest three scoring games by Nevada opponents. Cal Poly also scored 58 points.
BURTON LOGGING HEAVY MINUTES: Senior point guard Deonte Burton leads the country averaging 38.5 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. Against Utah State he played 36 minutes.
Burton entered the UNLV game having played ever minute in a five-game stretch 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.
PEREZ ADDS OFFENSIVE PUNCH: Junior guard Michael Perez has added offensive punch to the Pack lineup this season averaging 12.1 points and three 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 every game but the last one versus Utah State. In addition to the ranking third on the team averaging 12.3 points per game he is second dishing out three assists per game. His 4.2 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 39.7 percent and 35.6 percent from behind the arc.
AFTER AN OUTSTANDING STRETCH EVANS STRUGGLING: After a career-high stretch of five consecutive double figure scoring games senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. has not reached double figures in the four MW games. In those five games Evans averaged 21.2 points and six rebounds while shooting 64.8 percent including 54.2 percent from behind the arc. He also made 85.2 percent of his free throws.
In four MW games he is averaging 5.3 points and shooting 21.6 percent from the field. He has made one of his last 16 three-point attempts. At UNLV he scored a season-low two points, making 1-of-12 field goals. Despite the offensive struggles he ranks 14th in the MW averaging seven rebounds per game in conference play.
Evans 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 111 games during his career and made 92 starts.
Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 12.8 points per game to rank second on the team. Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.3.
In 10-of-16 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 25 at UCD, 24 versus Omaha and 21 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 12th nationally averaging 21.8 points per game. Burton has scored 14 or more points in every game this season.
Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team, scoring 12.8 points per contest. Evans has scored in double figures in 10-of-16 games played. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come this season.
Junior newcomer Michael Perez is third on the squad scoring 12.1 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 10.4 points per game. Huff tied his career high with 16 points versus Utah State and has reached double figures eight 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 five of the last nine games he has scored in double figures, twice he had nine points and totaled eight in another. Eight times on the season he netted double figures including three consecutive games early in the season. His career-high of 16 points occurred at home twice this season, versus Long Beach State and Utah State. In his sophomore season he is averaging 10.4 points per game and is second on the team averaging 5.3 rebounds per game.
WEST PROVIDING INSIDE PRESENCE: In six 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 9.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per game.
The 6-9 forward has scored in double figures in the last four games. In those four games, all MW contests, he is averaging 12.3 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game while shooting 61.1 percent from the field.
In MW play he leads the conference in field goal percentage (61.1) and offensive rebounds (5.5). His 2.5 blocks per game is fourth and 9.3 rebounds per game ranks seventh.
At SJSU he recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. The 12 rebounds is a game and season high.
Twice he finished a rebound short of double-doubles with nine at SJSU and at UNLV.
At UNLV he scored 11 points, had nine rebounds and blocked a season-high five shots. He has a blocked in ever game except Wyoming and two or more in four games.
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.
West 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 after missing five games at UNLV and scored four points, had three assists and grabbed five rebounds in 18 minutes off the bench. Against Utah State Coleman played seven minutes and scored three points. He missed the five games after having eye surgery following the Cal game.
His return has allowed Deonte Burton to get needed rest. Burton played every minute in a five game stretch and just over 240 consecutive minutes played going back to the Cal game when Coleman was injured.
Coleman is averaging 7.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in 19.2 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 seven 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 1,829 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 17 games has climbed to fourth.
In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 115th consecutive start against Utah State, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
Burton's 552 free throws made and 732 attempted is first at Nevada. His 437 assists is tied with Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth. Eathan O'Bryant (1993-95) is fifth with 438 and Armon Johnson (2007-10) ranks fourth with 445. Burton's 150 steals is five behind Curtis High's (1983-85) 155 for fifth.
His 165 three-pointers made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170. In 115 games he has attempted 481 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
CARTER PASSES JOHNSON: The victory at SJSU 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 83-66 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.