Feb. 14, 2014
Nevada at second place New Mexico Saturday: Nevada (12-13, 7-5 MW) has dropped three in a row and returns to the road Saturday at second-place New Mexico (18-5, 9-2 MW). The Lobos six-game winning streak was snapped on Wednesday falling 71-70 at Boise State. The game will air on CBS Sports Network.
Saturday, 3:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(12-13, 7-5 MW)
New Mexico Logos
(18-5, 9-2 MW)
The Pit/Bob King Court (15,411)
TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network
Ari Wolfe (play by play); Steve Lappas (analyst)
INTERNET BROADCAST: none
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: New Mexico leads the series 2-0 with both games being played last season. The Lobos won 75-62 at home on Feb. 2 and by the identical score of 75-62 in Reno on March 6.
UP NEXT: Nevada returns home to host San Jose State on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. The Pack defeated the Spartans 62-50 in San Jose, Calif. on Jan. 1 to begin MW play.
New Mexico Logos (18-5, 9-2 MW)
Series: UNM leads 2-0.
Last meeting: New Mexico won 75-62 in Reno on March 6, 2013.
Head Coach: Craig Neal (Georgia Tech, 1988)
at UNM: 18-5 (First season)
Double figure scorers: F-Cameron Bairstow, 6-9 (20.2 ppg), G-Kendall Williams, 6-4 (17.6 ppg), C-Alex Kirk, 7-0 (14 ppg)
Leading rebounders: C-Alex Kirk, 7-0 (8.7 rpg), F-Cameron Bairstow, 6-9 (7.0 rpg),
Assist leaders: G-Kendall Williams, 6-4 (5.0 apg), G-Hugh Greenwood, Jr. (3.2 apg)
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
- Nevada is 7-5 in MW play after falling 75-67 at home to Fresno State. The Pack is 12-13 overall.
- Nevada’s 58 points at SDSU is the Pack’s low point total in MW play. The Wolf Pack also scored 58 points in a nonconference game against Morehead State.
- The Pack has lost a season-high three in a row.
- Nevada has played five overtime games.
- The Pack is 6-6 at home and 6-7 away from Reno.
- Nevada’s seven wins in MW play is more than double last seasons total when the Wolf Pack went 3-13 in conference play and finished last.
- The Wolf Pack is fourth in the MW standings at 7-5.
- The Pack’s six road wins is tied with New Mexico for the second most in the MW behind SDSU’s seven. Nevada, UNM and SDSU are the only teams in the MW with winning road records.
- Nevada’s 96 points at FS is the high in MW play this season.
- 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.
- After 12 MW games the Pack tops the conference in field goal percentage defense (39.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (29) and blocks (5.9 bpg). Nevada’s 67.6 points allowed per game is fifth in MW play.
- The Pack is 5-5 in games decided by five points or less and 10-10 in games decided by 10 points or less. Six games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-3 in those contests.
- Four Nevada players average double figure points; Deonte Burton (20.4), Jerry Evans, Jr. (13.4), Cole Huff (11.8), and Michael Perez (11.3).
- Burton ranks second in school history with 1,969 career points. Nick Fazekas (2004-07) is first with 2,464 points. Burton has started all 123 games of his career.
- Burton (32) and Huff (31) both had career highs in the same game at Fresno State. 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 20.4 points per game leads the MW and is 22nd nationally. His 38.8 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.
- 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 10 or more points in the other 24 other games this season. On the season he has 14 games of 20 or more points which includes 32 at FS and 31 at USF. In 12 games he posted 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, 32 at FS. 25 at Wyoming and 23 at Utah State.
Burton missed his first seven free throws on Wednesday vs. Fresno State and was three-for-10 in the game. The seven missed free throws is a career-high.
- Evans scored his 900th career point in the SDSU game and now has 926. Just 24 players have scored 1,000 points at Nevada.
- 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 13.4 points per game.
- After not scoring in double figures in the first four MW games Evans scored in double figures in five. The streak ended at Utah State when he totaled seven. In seven of the last eight games he has scored in double figures. In MW play he averages 11.5 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
- Twice Burton has been named MW Player of the Week, Nov. 18 and Jan. 13.
- Eight times Evans has led the team in scoring with 25 at UCD, 24 vs. Omaha, 21 vs. LBSU, 17 vs. BSU, 17 vs. the AFA and 17 at SDSU. He tied Burton for the honor with 20 vs. #19 UCLA and 14 vs. FS.
- Burton has the led team in scoring in 18 games with two being ties with Jerry Evans, Jr. as both had 20 vs. #19 UCLA and 14 vs. FS.
- Evans tops the team and ranks 15th in the MW averaging 6.0 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high eight times. He has played in 119 games and started 100 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. Against the AFA he recorded his second with 17 points and 10 rebounds.
- 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.
- Huff’s 16 points at home vs. Utah State is the first time in his career he led the Pack in scoring in a game and the only 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. He tops the team shooting 39.4 percent from behind the arc.
- Huff’s 11.8 points per game is third on the team but his 13.6 per game in MW play is second on the team and 14th in the conference.
- Huff scored 21 points at Utah State which is the second highest total of his career behind the 31 at FS. He has scored in double figures in a career-high five consecutive games.
- Three times junior guard Michael Perez has scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA , at Cal and at UNLV. Perez has scored in double figures 15 times.
- Perez dished out a season-best seven assists at FS and totaled six vs. CSU. He is sixth in MW play averaging 3.4 assists per game and 3.2 on the season is eighth in the conference. Perez is fourth in the MW averaging 35.2 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 16 blocks in the last five games. He had four in three consecutive games until blocking two in each of the last two games.
- West has two double-doubles on the season vs. Wyoming with 12 points and 12 rebounds and against Air Force with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
- In overtime against the AFA West scored seven consecutive points to break a tie of 56. In addition to the seven points in overtime he had two blocks and grabbed five rebounds.
- West has played the last 14 games earning 13 starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA. West is averaging 7.9 points and 7.8 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. The CSU game is the third time he was rebound short grabbing nine and scoring 12 points.
- West has four of the Pack’s eight double figure rebounding games.
- West scored in double figures the first four MW games. He has a block in 13-of-14 games.
- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored nine points vs. Colorado State which is his high since returning from eye surgery that caused him to miss five games. Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA.
- Ronnie Stevens, Jr. has played in the last three games after missing 12 with a stress fracture that required surgery. Stevens had four points at SDSU.
- Head coach David Carter is 86-71 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.
BURTON NEARING 2000 CAREER POINTS: Senior guard Deonte Burton recently moved into second place on Nevada’s career scoring list and now is within 31 points of 2,000. Burton would be the second Wolf Pack player to score 2,000 points joining Nick Fazekas (2004-07) who holds the school record with 2,464 career points.
In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 123rd consecutive start on Wednesday, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
Burton’s 581 free throws made and 777 attempted is first at Nevada. His 471 assists is third, seven behind Ramon Sessions’ (2005-07) 478. Burton’s 163 steals is fifth with Darryl Owens (1986-89) in fourth with 200.
His 176 three-pointers made is fifth with Jerry Hogan (1990-94) fourth with 185. In 123 games he has attempted 521 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
EVANS MAKES 100TH START, CLOSING IN ON 1000 POINTS: Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. made his 100th consecutive start on Wednesday and is closing in on 1,000 career points. Evans tied for team-high honors with 14 points in the Fresno State game on Wednesday and his 926 career points leaves him 74 from becoming 25th player in school history to score 1,000 points. He has played in 119 games in his three plus seasons.
Seven times in the last eight games he scored in double figures including a streak of five that tied his career long. His second streak of scoring in double figures in five consecutive games ended at Utah State when he netted seven. The two five game double figure streaks both occurred this season and are the longest of his career.
After a hot streak Evans 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. At UNLV he scored a season-low two points, making 1-of-12 field goals.
Evans bounced back reaching double figures in the next five games before the streak ended at USU. The streak began with a team-high 17 versus Boise State, 15 at Fresno State, 14 at Wyoming, 16 in the Colorado State game and a team-high 17 versus Air Force.
In the five contests he averaged 15.8 points, 6.6 rebounds and is shot 47.5 percent from the field. From behind the arc he shot 44 percent and made 85.7 percent of his free throws.
His 13.4 points per game is second on the team and 20th in the MW. His six rebounds per game tops the squad and is 15th in the MW.
Evans first five-game stretch of double figure scoring games came 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 12 MW games he is averaging 11.5 points and is shooting 38 percent from the field. He has made 18-of-57 three-point attempts. Despite the early offensive struggles in conference play he ranks 15th in MW averaging 5.8 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. Always asked to slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 13.4 points per game. Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.8.
In 17-of-24 games played 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, 21 against LBSU, 17 vs. Air Force, 17 at #5 SDSU and 14 vs. FS. Twice he tied Deonte Burton for team-high honors.
NEVADA’S 7-5 MW RECORD HAS THE WOLF PACK IN FOURTH: After dropping its last three Mountain West games Nevada has dropped to fourth in the conference standings. San Diego State is first at 10-1 followed by New Mexico (9-2) and UNLV (7-4). The Pack travels to second place New Mexico on Saturday.
The seven wins is more than double what 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, senior Deonte Burton and sophomore Cole Huff accomplished a feat that has not been achieved in at least 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. The 32 points is the top scoring game in MW play this season and the 31 by Huff is tied for the second highest scoring game in conference play.
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 that tied 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 a second overtime period with a layup with 1 second to play in the first overtime to knot the score at 82.
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 12 MW games Nevada tops the conference in field goal percentage defense (39.6), three-point field goal percentage defense (29) and blocked shots per game (5.9). The Pack is fifth allowing 67.6 points per game.
Nevada totaled 12 blocks at Fresno State which is tied for the high in the MW this season and is the top total in conference play this year. At UNLV the Pack had 10 blocks which is tied for the second best total in MW play this season.
BURTON LOGGING HEAVY MINUTES: Senior point guard Deonte Burton is second in the country averaging 38.8 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.
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.
HUFF HAS BREAKOUT GAME: Sophomore forward Cole Huff’s breakout offensive game came at Fresno State 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. Huff’s offensive rebound and put back against Air Force with 11 seconds to play sent that game into overtime as the Pack won 69-56.
Huff has scored in double figures in the last five games which is a career-long streak. In 12 of the last 17 games he has scored in double figures, twice he had nine points and twice totaled eight.
The 31 points at FS is tied for 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 conference this season.
Huff’s 21 points at Utah State is the second highest point total of his career. He made 7-of-11 field goals and 6-of-7 free throws.
Huff is third on the team averaging 11.8 points per game and is second grabbing 5.3 rebounds per game. In MW play his 13.6 points per game ranks 14th in the conference and 5.6 boards per game is 18th.
Starting all 25 games he has scored in double figures 15 times and seven 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.
PEREZ LOOKING TO BOUNCE BACK: Junior guard Michael Perez is looking to bounce back from a recent cold stretch in which he has scored in double figures just four times in the last nine games. Against Colorado State he scored a season-low five points and followed that with eight against Air Force marking just the second time this season he did not score in double figures in back-to-back games. At Utah State he snapped the streak with a 12-point game. At #5 SDSU he attempted a season-low four shots making 2-of-4 three-pointers to finish with six points.
Despite his scoring struggles he continues to do the little things to help the Pack. It the last nine games he is averaging 9.6 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.3 assists in 35.7 minutes per game. Perez is shooting 31.5 percent (29-of-92) from the field and 23.9 percent (11-of-46) from behind the arc in those nine contests.
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.
On the season he is fourth on the team averaging 11.3 points to go along with 3.2 assists and 4.2 rebounds per game.
The 6-3 guard has scored in double figures in 15 games on the season and made a three-pointer in every game but two at home, versus Utah State and Colorado State. Ten times in the last 16 games he scored in double figures.
In addition to the ranking third on the team in scoring he is second dishing out 3.2 assists per game and is fourth in rebounding.
At Fresno State he had a season-high seven assists and totaled six against CSU.
Perez scored a season-high 18 points three times; at UNLV, vs. #19 UCLA and at Cal. From the field he shoots 37.3 percent and 32.3 percent from behind the arc.
WEST PROVIDING INSIDE PRESENCE: Junior forward AJ West has provided the Pack an inside presence defensively and offensively. In the last five games he has 16 blocks and had a stretch of four in three consecutive games prior to totalling two in each of the last two games.
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 14 games in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, West is averaging 7.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.9 blocks in 26.2 minutes per contest.
West scored in double figures the first four MW games. In conference play he averages 8.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and 3.0 blocks in 27.2 minutes per game with a shooting percentage of 57.4. The 3.0 blocks is tied for second in the MW and 8.3 rebounds is sixth. He ranks second in conference play grabbing 4.4 offensive boards per game.
At home against Wyoming he recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. His second double-double came in the overtime win over Air Force when he totaled 10 points and 12 rebounds to go along with four blocks.
West took control in the AF overtime scoring seven consecutive points to break a tie at 56. In three consecutive Pack possessions he had offensive rebounds off teammates missed shots and scored seven consecutive points as part of Nevada’s 13-0 run to end the game against the Falcons. He had five rebounds and two blocks in the extra period.
Three times he finished a rebound short of double-doubles with nine at SJSU, at UNLV and versus Colorado State.
At UNLV he scored 11 points, had nine rebounds and blocked a five shots. He has a block in ever game except the home Wyoming game and two or more in 10 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.
BALANCED ATTACK: Nevada uses a balanced scoring attack with four players averaging double figures. All four are starters for the Wolf Pack. In three of the last five games and 11 times on the season the Pack has put four players in double figures in a game. The 11 games are; Pacific, at USF, vs. Chattanooga, vs. #19 UCLA, at UC Davis, vs. Iona, vs. Long Beach State, vs. Wyoming, vs. Colorado State, vs. Air Force and vs. Fresno State. The Pack is 7-4 in those 11 games.
Senior guard Deonte Burton leads the MW and ranks 22nd nationally averaging 20.4 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. He followed that with a game-high 25 at Wyoming. In MW action he averages 18.1 points per game to rank fourth in the conference.
Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team and 20th in the conference scoring 13.4 points per contest. Evans has scored in double figures in 17-of-24 games played. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come this season. In conference play he averages 11.5 points per game.
The third player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 11.8 points per game. Huff scored a career-high 31 points in the double overtime victory at Fresno State. In conference play he averages 13.6 points per game to rank 14th in MW play.
Junior newcomer Michael Perez is fourth on the squad scoring 11.3 points per game. Perez has reached double figures 15 times on the season and scored a season-high 18 three times. In MW action he averages 10.2 points per game.
COLEMAN BACK: Sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman has played in the last 10 games after missing five with an eye injury that required surgery. Coleman has scored in nine of those games with exception being the game at Wyoming which is the only game he has not scored in this season. He will wear protective glasses the rest of the season.
Coleman’s high point total since returning is nine at home against Air Force. The nine points is his high in the last 12 games
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 6.5 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.9 minutes per game. He earned two starts early in the season for an injured Jerry Evans, Jr.
STEVENS, JR. PLAYS LAST THREE: Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. has played the last three games after missing 12 with a stress fracture that required surgery to repair. At Utah State he played 14 minutes and grabbed three rebounds. In the game at #5 SDSU he scored four points making his only two shot attempts in 16 minutes. Against Fresno State he played 14 minutes and grabbed two rebounds.
Stevens earned three starts prior to being sidelined and is averaging 3.8 points and 3.0 rebounds in 16.3 minutes per game. In the overtime win at UC Davis he had 13 points and nine rebounds in 31 minutes.
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 86-71 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 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.
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.
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 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.