Men's Basketball
Nevada begins two-game road swing at Fresno State Wednesday


Deonte Burton and Michael Perez have started all 18 games this season.

Deonte Burton and Michael Perez have started all 18 games this season.

Jan. 20, 2014

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Nevada Begins Two-Game Road Swing at Fresno State Wednesday:  Nevada (9-9, 4-1 MW) begins a two-game road trip at Fresno State (8-11, 1-5 MW) on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.  The Wolf Pack had its season-high four-game win streak snapped with a loss to Boise State.  The Bulldogs have dropped three in a row and five-of-six.

Wednesday, 7:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(9-9, 4-1 MW)
at
Fresno State Bulldogs
(8-11, 1-5 MW)
Save Mart Center (15,596)
Fresno, Calif.

The Last Meeting
Fresno State69  
Nevada64OT
February 19, 2013
Reno, Nev.
Nevads Falls in 69-64 OT Decision to Fresno State
Kevin Foster's 3-pointer with 6 seconds left forced overtime, and the Bulldogs dominated the extra session for a 69-64 win over conference rival Nevada on Tuesday night.


TELEVISION: none
INTERNET BROADCAST: 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); 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 50-38.  The two teams split the two meetings last season with each winning on the road.  Nevada's 68-61 victory at FS on Jan. 19, 2013 was the first in MW play for the Wolf Pack.  The Bulldogs won 69-64 in overtime in Reno on Feb. 19, 2013.  Prior to the home loss the Pack had won five in a row.  Nevada has won 13 of the last 17 games.
UP NEXT: Nevada continues its two-game road swing at Wyoming on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.  The Pack won the first meeting this season in Reno, 61-58 on Jan. 4.

Fresno State Bulldogs (8-11, 1-5 MW)
Series: Nevada leads 50-38
Last meeting: FS won 69-64 in overtime in Reno on Feb. 19, 2013
Coach: Rodney Terry (St. Edward's University, 1990)
    at FS: 32-50 (Third season)
    Overall:  same
Double figure scorers:  G-Marvelle Harris, 6-4 (15.4 ppg), G-Tyler Johnson, 6-4 (15.3 ppg), G-Cezar Guerrero, 6-1 (14.1 ppg), G/F-Paul Watson, 6-7 (10 ppg)
Leading rebounders:  G-Tyler Johnson, 6-4 (6.8 rpg), G-Marvelle Harris, 6-4 (4.9 rpg), G/F-Paul Watson, 6-7 (4.8 rpg)
Assist leaders:   G-Cezar Guerrero, 6-1 (4.1 apg), G-Tyler Johnson, 6-4 (3.0 apg)

WOLF PACK LAYUPS

- Nevada's season-high four-game win streak ended with a 74-65 loss to Boise State.

- Nevada's four wins in MW play is one more than it totaled all last season when the Wolf  Pack went 3-13 in MW play to finish last.  

- The Wolf Pack is tied for second in the MW standings with New Mexico at 4-1.  San Diego State is first with a perfect 5-0 record.

-  After outrebounding four consecutive opponents and six of seven the Pack has been outrebounded the last three games.  Twice by double figures, 48-35 to Utah State and 41-31 to BSU.

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

- In five MW games the Pack is second in the conference allowing 61.4 points per game.  Nevada's 36.7 field goal percentage defense is first and 28.4 three-point percentage defense is second.

- The Pack's 5.2 blocks per game is tied for second in the MW with UNLV.  

- 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.

- 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.   The Pack is 4-5 at home.

- 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 8-7 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 (20.9), Jerry Evans, Jr. (13.1), Michael Perez (12.3) and Cole Huff (10.5).

- 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 20.9 points per game leads the MW and ranks 15th nationally.  His 38.6 minutes per game leads the MW and is third in 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's 29 points at UNLV is tied for the top scoring game in the MW action.

- Twice Burton has been named MW Player of the Week, Nov. 18 and Jan. 13.

- Burton scored his 1,800th point in the UNLV game and his current 1,836 points ranks fourth in school history.  Edgar Jones (1975-79) is third with 1,877 points.  

- Burton scored a season-low seven points in the Boise State game.  The last time he did not reach double figures was March 6, 2013 at home against New Mexico when he totaled eight.  He scored 14 or more points in the other 17 other games this season.  On the season he has 11 games of 20 or more points which includes 31 at USF that tied his career high.  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 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 13.1 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 7.6 points and is shooting 26.1 percent.  His first double-figure scoring game in MW play was a team-high 17 against Boise State.

- Four times Evans has led the team in scoring with 25 at UCD, 24 vs. Omaha, 21 vs. LBSU and 17 vs. BSU.  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 and ranks 12th in the MW averaging 6.5 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high eight times.  He has played in 112 games and started 93 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 and 19th in the MW averaging 5.5 boards per game.

- Huff scored a career-high 16 points twice at home versus Long Beach State and Utah State.  The 16 points vs. USU is the first time in his career he led the Pack in scoring in a game and first time this season it was not Burton or Evans leading the team.

- 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 except against Utah State when he went 0-for-3 from behind the arc.  Has scored in double figures 12 times.
 
- Twice Perez led the team in rebounding with six at Cal Poly and tied for game high honors with eight at Cal.  His 4.2 rebounds per game is third on the team.

- Junior AJ West has played the last seven games earning six starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA.  West is averaging 8.9 points and 6.9 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.

- West scored in double figures the first four MW games before totaling three points and just one rebound against BSU.  He has a block in six of seven games including five at UNLV.

- 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 has scored in every game in which he has played.

- Head coach David Carter is 83-67 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 4-1 AFTER DROPPING FIRST MW GAME:   After starting Mountain West play with four wins in a row, Nevada dropped its first conference game to Boise State 74-65 at home the last game.  The Pack's 4-1 record is tied with New Mexico for second place in the MW standings.  San Diego State is a perfect 5-0.
    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.
    With the addition of SJSU and Utah State the league is 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 five MW games the Pack is second in the conference allowing 61.4 points per game.  Wyoming is first giving up 59.8 points per contest.  Nevada's 36.7 field goal percentage defense is first and 28.4 three-point percentage defense is second to SDSU.  The Pack's 5.2 blocks per game is tied for second in the MW with UNLV.  SDSU leads the MW averaging 6.2 blocks per game.

BURTON LOGGING HEAVY MINUTES:   Senior point guard Deonte Burton is third in the country averaging 38.6 minutes per game.  With the return of sophomore Marqueze Coleman, Burton has been 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 and 39 vs. Boise State.
    Burton entered the UNLV game having played ever minute in a five-game stretch which included 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 twice and 38 minutes twice.

PEREZ ADDS OFFENSIVE PUNCH:  Junior guard Michael Perez has added offensive punch to the Pack lineup this season averaging 12.3 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 12 games on the season and made a three-pointer in every game but versus Utah State.  In addition to the ranking third on the team averaging 12.3 points per game he is second dishing out 2.9 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 35.1 percent from behind the arc.

EVANS BOUNCES BACK WITH 17 VS. BSU:  After a hot streak senior starting guard Jerry Evans, Jr. struggled the first four games of Mountain West play failing to score in double figures and was averaging 5.3 points and shooting 21.6 percent from the field.  He made one of 16 three-point attempts.  At UNLV he scored a season-low two points, making 1-of-12 field goals.  
    In the Boise State game he got back on track scoring a team-high 17 points, making 4-of-9 field goals that included 2-of-5 three-pointers and 7-of-8 free throws.  He also grabbed eight rebounds.  
    His 13.1 points per game is second on the team and 6.5 rebounds per contest tops the team.  
    Evans put together a career-high stretch of five consecutive double figure scoring games just prior to the start of MW  play.  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 five MW games he is averaging 7.8 points and shooting 32.8 percent from the field.  He has made three of 21 three-point attempts. Despite the offensive struggles he ranks 14th in the MW averaging 7.2 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 112 games during his career and made 93 starts.  
    Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 13.1 points per game to rank second on the team.  Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.4.
    In 11-of-17 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 concluded with 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 players 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 15th nationally averaging 20.9 points per game.  Burton scored in double figures the first 17 games of the season before finishing with a season-low seven versus Boise State the last time out.  In MW play he averages 16.8 points per game.
    Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team, scoring 13.1 points per contest.  Evans has scored in double figures in 11-of-17 games played.  All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come this season.  In conference play he averages 7.6 points per game.
    Junior newcomer Michael Perez is third on the squad scoring 12.3 points per game.  Perez has reached double figures 12 times on the season and scored season-high 18 three times.  In MW action he averages 12 points per game.
    The fourth player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 10.5 points per game.  Huff tied his career high with 16 points versus Utah State and has reached double figures eight times.  In conference play he averages 11.4 points per outing.
    Junior AJ West is scoring 10.4 points per game in MW play.
    
HUFF HAVING STEADY SOPHOMORE SEASON:  Sophomore forward Cole Huff has had a more balanced and steady second season in the Silver & Blue.  Huff is fourth on the team averaging 10.5 points per game and is second grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game.  
    Nine times he has scored in double figures and six times led the Pack in rebounding.  For the first time in his career he led the team in scoring by tying his career high with 16 points versus Utah State.  The 16 points also is the only time this season Deonte Burton or Jerry Evans, Jr. did not top Nevada in scoring.  
    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 six of the last 10 games he has scored in double figures, twice he had nine points and totaled eight in another.  Nine 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.  

WEST PROVIDING INSIDE PRESENCE:  Despite struggling in the Boise State game, finishing with three points and one rebound in 21 minutes junior forward AJ West has provided the Pack an inside presence defensively and offensively.  In seven games in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, West is averaging 8.9 rebounds, 6.9 rebounds and 2.1 blocks in 24.3 minutes per contest.
    The 6-9 forward scored in double figures the first four MW games.  In conference play he averages 10.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.2 rebounds in 25.8 minutes per game.
    In MW play he is shooting 59 percent from the field.  His is 4.6 offensive rebounds per game is third, 2.2. blocks per game is tied for fourth and 7.6 rebounds per game is 11th in MW play.
    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 totaled five points in 14 minutes against Boise State.  Coleman 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 7.2 points and 2.9 rebounds in 18.8 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 eight 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 current 1,836 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 18 games has climbed to fourth.
    In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 116th consecutive start against Boise State, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    Burton's 557 free throws made and 738 attempted is first at Nevada.  His 443 assists is two back of Armon Johnson (2007-10) who 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 116 games he has attempted 485 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 83-67 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.

BURTON MR. CLUTCH:  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.

10 YEARS AFTER SWEET 16:  The 2013-14 season marks the 10th anniversary of the only University of Nevada men's basketball team to advance to the Sweet 16.  The 2003-04 squad captured the Western Athletic Conference tournament title and entered the NCAA Championship with a 23-8 record.  
    Playing in Seattle, the 10th seeded Wolf Pack rallied from a 16-point first half deficit to defeat the seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans 72-66.    In the second round Nevada dominated second-seeded Gonzaga winning 91-72 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
    At the regional in St. Louis the Pack lost a close 72-67 game to Georgia Tech in the RCA Dome.  The Pack finished the year 25-9.
    Kirk Snyder was named WAC Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points per game.  Nick Fazekas (12.6 ppg) and Todd Okeson (11. 2 ppg) also averaged double figures.

ITALY TOUR:  The Nevada men's basketball team took a 10-day trip to Italy in August and won all four games played.  The Wolf Pack made stops in Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Florence and Rome.  Highlights of the trip included Michelangelo's David, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican.

BURTON TWICE NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK:  Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton has twice been named MW Player of the Week this season and three times in his career. Burton was named Nov. 18 MW Player of the Week after averaging 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals as Nevada won a pair of road games, defeating Cal Poly (60-58) and San Francisco (92-90).
    The most recent honor came on Jan. 13 when he averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while leading Nevada to a 2-0 record in conference play.  The Pack won 74-71 at UNLV and defeated Utah State  62-54 at home.  His 29 points at UNLV is tied for the top scoring game in MW play this season.

17 SECOND COMEBACK:  Nevada trailed 58-54 at Cal Poly with just 17 seconds to play but scored the final six points to win 60-58.  Michael Perez got it started with a 3-pointer from the top of the key to get the Pack within a point, 58-57.  On the inbounds pass Cole Huff forced a jump ball resulting in a turnover for CP as the Pack got the possession.  
    Burton's heroics closed out the game as he drove the lane and hit the bucket with 6.6 seconds to play.  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.

BURTON HONORED:  Senior guard Deonte Burton has received several honors already this season.  Burton was named to the Mountain West preseason team for the second year in a row.  He was selected to the CollegeSportsMadness.com preseason MW first-team.
    Selected as one of the top 30 guards according to College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com and he ranked him 71st in his top 100 players.  
    He was named the Nov. 18 MW Player of the Week after averaging 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and hit the game-winning shot at Cal Poly.  Burton earned honor once again on Jan.13 when he averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while leading Nevada to a pair of MW games.
    Competing in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational he was selected to the all-tournament team after averaging 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists four games.  His 3-pointer at the buzzer at home versus Chattanooga gave the Pack the 83-81 victory.
    This past summer Burton was one of 29 collegiate basketball players that received an invitation from USA Basketball today to compete for a spot on the roster for the 2013 USA Basketball Men's World University Games.  He did not earn a spot on the squad that competed in Kazan, Russia.

PACK AT LAWLOR:  Nevada has won 79 percent of its home games over the past 10 plus seasons posting a 140-38 record at Lawlor Events Center.  The Pack has not posted a losing home mark during that stretch and posted double digit wins in nine-of-10 seasons.


 

 

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