Nevada seeks season sweep of Wyoming Saturday


Jerry Evans, Jr. has scored in double figures the last two MW games.

Jerry Evans, Jr. has scored in double figures the last two MW games.

Jan. 24, 2014

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Nevada concludes two-game MW road trip at Wyoming Saturday:  Nevada (10-9, 5-1 MW) concludes a two-game Mountain West road trip at Wyoming (12-6, 3-2 MW) Saturday at 1 p.m.  PT.  The Wolf Pack won the earlier meeting 61-58 at home on Jan. 4.  The Pack has won five of its last six games and are tied for second in the conference standings.  The Cowboys winners of three in a row, won at Air Force 66-59 on Wednesday.

Saturday, 1:00 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(10-9, 5-1 MW)
at
Wyoming Cowboys
(12-6, 3-2 MW)
 Arena-Auditorium (15,000)
Laramie, Wyoming
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: Wyoming leads the series 10-2.  The Pack won the earlier meeting this season 61-58 in Reno on Jan. 4 to snap a nine-game losing skid to the Cowboys.  Wyoming won all three meetings last season and ended the Pack’s season at the MW Tournament in Las Vegas with an 85-81 victory.
UP NEXT: Nevada returns home for a pair of games versus Colorado State on Jan. 29 and Air Force on Feb. 1.


WOLF PACK LAYUPS

- Nevada is 5-1 after its 96-86 double overtime victory at Fresno State on Wednesday.  The Wolf Pack has won five of its last six games, all coming in MW play.  

- Nevada and Fresno State has played three overtime games in the last four meetings.  The road team has won the three overtime games.  Nevada won 79-76 in triple overtime at FS on Feb. 25, 2012 to clinch the WAC title and the double overtime game 96-86 on Wednesday.  The Bulldogs won 69-64 in Reno on Feb. 19, 2013.

- Nevada’s five wins in MW play is two 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 5-1.  San Diego State is first with a perfect 6-0 record.

- The Pack’s six road wins is the most by any team in the MW.  Nevada is 6-4 away from Reno which includes two neutral court losses. Last season the team was 2-12 outside Lawlor Events Center.

- The Pack had a season-high 12 blocks at FS.  The 12 blocks is the top total in MW play this season and tied for the best overall game in the MW this season. Nevada’s last 12 block game was vs. Sonoma State on Dec. 9, 2008.

- Nevada’s 96 points at FS is the high in MW play this season.  

-  After being outrebounding three consecutive games, the Pack outrebounded FS 50-44 in the last game.

- After six MW games the Pack tops the conference in field goal percentage defense allowing teams to shoot just 37.5 percent and is first with 6.3 blocks per game.  Opponents are scoring 65.5 points per game which is fifth best in MW play.

- The Pack is 5-4 in games decided by five points or less and 9-7 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 2-1 in overtime which includes a double overtime victory at FS.

- Four Nevada players average double figure points; Deonte Burton (21.5), Jerry Evans, Jr. (13.2), Michael Perez (12.1) and Cole Huff (11.6).

- Burton (32) and Huff (31) both had career highs and 30-point games at Fresno State on Wednesday.  They are the top two scoring games in MW play this season.

- 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 21.5 points per game leads the MW and is tied for 13th nationally.  His 39.1 minutes per game leads the MW and is second 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.

- 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 1,868 points ranks fourth in school history.  He is 10 points from passing Edgar Jones (1975-79) for third who totaled 1,877 points during his Pack career.  

- 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 18 other games this season.  On the season he has 12 games of 20 or more points which includes 32  at  FS and 31 at USF.  Ten 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, 29 at UNLV and 32 at FS.

- 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 thru 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 13.2 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 8.8 points and is shooting 31.7 percent.  After not scoring in double figures in the first four MW games he netted 17 vs. BSU and 15 at FS.

- 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 14 games with one being a tie with Jerry Evans, Jr. as both had 20 vs. #19 UCLA.

- Evans tops the team and ranks 12th in the MW averaging 6.4 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high eight times.  He has played in 113 games and started 94 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 18th in the MW averaging 5.6 boards per game.

- Huff has scored in double figures the last three games.  It is the second time this season he reached double figures a career-high three consecutive games.  His 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.

- Huff’s six 3-pointers made at FS is a career-high, high by a Pack player, tied for the top mark in MW play and tied for the second most in the conference this season.  Tops the team shooting 41.3 percent from behind the arc.

- Huff’s 11.6 points per game is fourth on the team but his 14.7 per game in MW play is second on the team and 14th in the conference.

- 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.
 
- Perez dished out a season-best seven assists at FS.  Perez is fourth in the MW averaging 35.5 minutes per game.

- Junior AJ West’s eight blocks at FS is the most at Nevada in the last 14 seasons.  The eight blocks is the top performance in MW play and tied for the most by a MW player this season.  He also grabbed a Pack team high and career-high 13 rebounds at FS.

- West has played the last eight games earning seven starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA.  West is averaging 8.4 points and 7.6 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..  He has a block in seven of eight games.

- 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.

- Head coach David Carter is 84-67 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 earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer and was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.


Suits And Sneakers™ Awareness Weekend:  The Nevada coaches will be wearing sneakers on Saturday at Wyoming during Coaches vs. Cancer Suits And Sneakers Awareness Weekend, January 24-26, as they unite to fight cancer and raise funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society. Wearing sneakers is much more than a fashion statement. It’s a visual reminder that prevention is key when it comes to blocking cancer before it takes center court in our lives.

NEVADA IMPROVES TO 5-1 AFTER DOUBLE OVERTIME VICTORY AT FRESNO STATE:   Nevada remains tied for second after knocking OFF Fresno State 96-86 in double overtime on Wednesday.  The Wolf Pack is tied with New Mexico for second at 5-1 while San Diego State is 6-0.
    The five wins is two 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.

NIGHT OF THE 30 POINT GAME:   At Fresno State on Wednesday, senior Deonte Burton and sophomore Cole Huff accomplished a feat that has not been achieved in at least in the last 14 years at Nevada as two Pack players scored 30 points in the same game.  Both posted career-highs with Burton totaling 32 points and Huff 31.  
    It was Burton’s third 30-point game as he had 31 at USF earlier this season and versus Washington his sophomore year.  He made 14-of-20 shots, dished out five assists, blocked two shots, grabbed five rebounds and had four steals in a career-high 49 minutes.  The 14 field goals made is a career-best and the 20 attempted tied his career-high.  Burton also sent the game into overtime with his layup with 8 seconds to play to tie the game at 76.
    In his career night Huff made 11-of-19 shots including 6-of-10 three-pointers and had eight rebounds in a career-high 47 minutes.  The six three pointers is tied for the most made in MW play this season and the second most in the conference this year.  Huff set person highs for points (31),  field goals made (11), field goals attempted (19), three-pointers made (6), three-pointers attempted (10) and minutes played (47).  He also forced an overtime period with a layup with 1 second to play in the first overtime to knot the score at 82 and send the contest to a second overtime.

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.
    After six MW games Nevada tops the conference in field goal percentage defense allowing teams to shoot just 37.5 percent.  The Pack’s 31.6 three-point field goal percentage is third.  Nevada leads the league averaging 6.3 blocks per game and totaled 12 at Fresno State which is the high in MW play this season.  Opponents are scoring 65.5 points per game which is fifth best in MW play.

BURTON LOGGING HEAVY MINUTES:   Senior point guard Deonte Burton is second in the country averaging 39.1 minutes per game.  At Fresno State he played a career-high 49 minutes of a possible 50 in the double overtime win.  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.    

PEREZ ADDS OFFENSIVE PUNCH:  Junior guard Michael Perez has added offensive punch to the Pack lineup this season averaging 12.1 points and 3.2 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.  Seven times in the last 10 games he scored in double figures.
    In addition to the ranking third on the team averaging 12.1 points per game he is second dishing out 3.1 assists per game.  His 4.3 rebounds per game is fourth on the squad.  
    At Fresno State he had a season-high seven assists.  
    He also scored a season-high 18 points three times; at UNLV, vs. #19 UCLA and at Cal.  From the field he shoots 38.8 percent and 34.7 percent from behind the arc.

EVANS BOUNCES BACK:  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.  
    Evans has bounced back the last two MW games scoring a team-high 17 versus Boise State and had 15 at Fresno State.  In those two contests he grabbed 14 rebounds and shot 47.8 percent.
    His 13.2 points per game is second on the team and 19th in the MW.  The 6.4 rebounds per game tops the squad and is 19th in the MW.
    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 six MW games he is averaging 8.8 points and shooting 31.7 percent from the field.  He has made 4-of-26 three-point attempts. 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 113 games during his career and made 94 starts.  
    Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 13.2 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 12-of-18 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.
    
HUFF HAS BREAKOUT GAME:  Sophomore forward Cole Huff’s breakout offensive game came at Fresno State on Wednesday when he nearly doubled his previous career high with 31 points in a career-high 47 minutes.  Huff also set career bests with field goals made (11), field goals attempted (19), three-pointers made (6) and three-pointers attempted (10).  His previous high was 16 points which he accomplished twice the season.  With 1 second to play in the first overtime his layup tied the game at 82 to force second overtime period.
    The 31 points is the second best individual scoring game in MW play to teammate Deonte Burton’s 32 that also came in the FS game.  The six three-pointers made is tied for the top outing in MW play and tied for the second most made in the MW this season.
    Huff is fourth on the team averaging 11.6 points per game and is second grabbing 5.6 rebounds per game.  
    Ten 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 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.  
    In seven of the last 11 games he has scored in double figures, twice he had nine points and totaled eight in another.  He has scored in double figures the last three games which is his second three-game streak of the season.

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 13th nationally averaging 21.5 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.  After the season-low he responded with a career-high 32 at Fresno State which is the top scoring performance in MW play this season.   In MW action he averages 19.3 points per game.
    Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team, scoring 13.2 points per contest.  Evans has scored in double figures in 12-of-18 games played.  All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come this season.  In conference play he averages 8.8 points per game.
    Junior newcomer Michael Perez is third on the squad scoring 12.1 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 11.5 points per game.
    The fourth player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 11.6 points per game.  Huff scored a career-high 31 points in the double overtime victory at Fresno State.  In conference play he averages 14.7 points per game to rank 14th in MW play.
    
WEST PROVIDING INSIDE PRESENCE:  Junior forward AJ West has provided the Pack an inside presence defensively and offensively.  The 6-9 shot blocker had eight at Fresno State which is the top outing by a Nevada player in 14 seasons.  West also grabbed a team season-high 13 rebounds playing a season-high 38 minutes.  The eight blocks is the top performance in MW play this season and tied for the top outing in the conference.
    In eight games in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, West is averaging 8.4 rebounds, 7.6 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 24.3 minutes per contest.
    West scored in double figures the first four MW games.  In conference play he averages 9.5 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.2 blocks in 27.8 minutes per game with a shooting percentage of 53.3.  The 3.2 blocks is tied for third in the MW and 8.5 rebounds is eighth.
    Against Wyoming he recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds.  
    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 five shots.  He has a blocked in ever game except Wyoming and two or more in five 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.  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 points and 2.7 rebounds in 18.6 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 nine 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 10 POINTS FROM THIRD:  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 1,868 career points ranks fourth in school history and is 10 from passing Edgar Jones (1975-79) who scored 1,877 points at Nevada.  Burton began his senior season 10th in scoring at Nevada and after 19 games has climbed to fourth.
    In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 117th consecutive start at Fresno State, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    Burton’s 559 free throws made and 743 attempted is first at Nevada.  His 448 assists is fourth, 20 behind Billy Allen’s (1981-83) 468..  Burton’s 154 steals is one behind Curtis High’s (1983-85) 155 for fifth.
    His 167 three-pointers made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170.  In 117 games he has attempted 490 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 84-67 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 8-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 game-high 29 points at UNLV moved him past 1,800 career points at Nevada.


 

 

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