March 7, 2014
Governor's Series points and third place on the line as Nevada hosts intrastate rival UNLV on Senior Night: Nevada is currently tied for fourth place in the Mountain West standings with Boise State at 9-8, one game behind UNLV (10-7) who comes to Lawlor Events Center on Saturday night. A Wolf Pack victory would earn the Pack the third seed and a bye in next week's MW Championship in Las Vegas. A win would also earn Nevada three points in the Governor's Series as a result of sweeping the Rebels this season.
Saturday, 7:02 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
(14-16, 9-8 MW)
(19-11, 10-7 MW)
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
The Last Meeting
January 8, 2014
Las Vegas, Nev.
Trey Bender (play-by-play); Bill Herenda (analyst)
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Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
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SERIES HISTORY: UNLV leads the series 54-20. Nevada won the earlier meeting in Las Vegas, 74-71 on Jan. 8. The Rebels have won eight of the last nine games. Nevada's last home win was 84-78 on Dec. 4, 2004.
UP NEXT: Nevada travels to Las Vegas to compete in the 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championship at Thomas & Mack Center, Mar. 12-15.
UNLV Rebels (19-11, 10-7 MW)
Series: UNLV leads 54-20
Last meeting: Nevada won 74-71 on Jan. 8, 2014.
Coach: Dave Rice (UNLV, 1991)
at UNLV: 70-30 (Third season)
Double figure scorers: G-Bryce DeJean-Jones, 6-5 (13.4 ppg), F-Khem Birch, 6-9 (11.7 ppg), F-Roscoe Smith, 6-8 (11 ppg), G-Kevin Olekaibe, 6-2 (10.6 ppg)
Leading rebounders: F-Roscoe Smith, 6-8 (11 rpg), F-Khem Birch, 6-9 (9.7 ppg)
Assist leaders: G-Bryce DeJean-Jones, 6-5 (3.0 apg), G-Deville Smith, 6-2 (2.8 apg)
Governor's Series: Saturday's game versus UNLV is part of the Governor's Series presented by NV Energy. Three points is awarded in each sport and a Wolf Pack victory would earn Nevada three points for men's basketball.
On October 8, 2012 Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval announced the launch of the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy. This historic, new competition establishes a formal head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between longtime rivals -- the UNLV Rebels and the Nevada Wolf Pack. The all-encompassing competition will annually crown one school the winner of the Governor's Series.
UNLV won last season and leads this year with a 12-6 score. The Rebels scored three points in volleyball, football, indoor track and soccer while the Pack earned three points in cross country and swimming & diving.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
- Nevada is 9-8 in MW play after winning at Boise State 83-81 in double overtime. The Wolf Pack is 14-16 overall. The Pack is tied for fourth in the MW standings with BSU with one game remaining.
- The Pack has played a MW record six overtime games this season and four in MW play is tied for first. Nevada is 4-2 in overtime and 2-0 in double overtime.
- The Wolf Pack's 58 points vs. UNM is tied for the lowest point total this season by the Pack. Nevada also scored 58 at SDSU and vs. Morehead State.
- Nevada's win at Air Force snapped a season-high five-game losing skid. The 19-point win at AF was the largest margin of victory this season, topping the 13 in the first meeting with the Falcons (69-56 OT).
- Nevada's nine MW wins is triple last seasons total when the Wolf Pack went 3-13 in conference play and finished last.
- The Pack's eight road wins is tied with UNM for second most in the MW. Nevada is 8-6 in true road games and 6-8 at home. The Pack is 0-2 at neutral sites.
- 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.
- The Pack is 6-6 in games decided by five points or less and 11-11 in games decided by 10 points or less. Eight games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 4-4.
- Four Nevada players average double figure points; Deonte Burton (19.9), Jerry Evans, Jr. (12.8), Cole Huff (11.9) and Michael Perez (11.7).
- Burton scored his 2,000th career point in the Silver & Blue in the Air Force game and currently has 2,056 to rank second in school history. Nick Fazekas (2004-07) is first with 2,464 points. Burton has started all 128 games of his career.
- Burton tied his season-high with eight assists at BSU and his 501 career assists ranks second at Nevada.
- 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 played all 50 minutes in the double overtime game at BSU which is a career-high. 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
- Burton's 19.9 points per game is second in the MW and 30th nationally.
- Burton scored a season-low seven points in the Boise State home 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 29 other games this season. On the season he has 16 games of 20 or more points which includes 32 at FS and 31 at USF. In 13 games 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, 32 at FS. 25 at Wyoming, 23 at Utah State and 21 at AF.
- Burton's 15 points vs. New Mexico was his 100th double figure scoring game.
- Burton traveled to New Mexico the day of the game as he was ill and arrived just hours before tip-off. He made the start, scored 12 points and tied his season-high with eight assists.
- Evans scored his 900th career point in the SDSU game and now has 976. 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 12.8 points per game.
- 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 22 games with four being ties, twice with Jerry Evans, Jr. and twice with Cole Huff.
- Evans tops the team and ranks 14th in the MW averaging 6.2 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high 11 times. He has played in 124 games and started 105 during his career.
- Twice Burton has been named MW Player of the Week, Nov. 18 and Jan. 13.
- Evans has three career double-doubles all coming this season. A team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds versus Long Beach State. At home against the AFA he recorded his second with 17 points and 10 rebounds. The third was at the AFA with 11 points and a game-high and season-high 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds is tied with AJ West for the high by a Pack player this season.
- 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 first time this season it was not Burton or Evans leading the team. At New Mexico he tied Michael Perez for team honors with 18 points and tied Burton with 14 vs. SJSU and at home vs. UNM with 15.
- 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 39.2 percent from behind the arc.
- Huff's 11.9 points per game is third on the team but his 13.3 per game in MW play is second on the team and 17th in the conference. His career long nine-game streak of scoring in double figures ended at BSU when he totaled five points.
- Four times away from home junior guard Michael Perez has scored a career-high 18 points vs. #19 UCLA , at Cal, at UNLV and at UNM. Perez has scored in double figures 19 times on the season. At UNM the 18 points tied for team-high honors with Cole Huff and is the first time Perez led the team in scoring.
- Perez dished out a season-best seven assists at FS and totaled six vs. CSU. Perez is sixth in the MW playing 35.6 minutes per game. He played a career-high 47 minutes at BSU.
- Junior AJ West's eight blocks at FS is the most at Nevada in the last 14 seasons. The eight blocks is the second best outing in MW play and is tied for the second most in the MW this season. He also grabbed career-high 13 rebounds at FS which is tied with Jerry Evans, Jr. for top game for a Pack player.
- West's 71 offensive rebounds in MW play is tied for the second best season in conference history.
- West has 22 blocks in the last 10 games. He had four in three consecutive games until blocking two at SDSU and vs. FS. Just twice did he has not recorded a block. In 12 games he has two or more blocks
- West has two double-doubles on the season vs. Wyoming with 12 points and 12 rebounds and at home against Air Force with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
- West has played the last 19 games earning 18 starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA. West is averaging 7.2 points and 7.2 rebounds. At SJSU, at UNLV and vs. CSU he was a rebound short of posting a double-double.
- West has four of the Pack's nine double figure rebounding games and five times he posted a game-high in rebounds.
- Head coach David Carter is 88-74 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 EARNS TOP SPOT ON SPORTSCENTER: Senior point guard Deonte Burton finally made it to number 1 earning the top spot on Wednesday's ESPN SportsCenter top 10 plays of the day for his thunderous dunk at Boise State. http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/030614aab.html Its the fourth time in the last two season he has made the ESPN top 10 plays of the day. Earlier this season his dunk on a pass from Marqueze Coleman at UNLV was #2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHZAqUheUMk Last season he made the list twice, once at UNLV for a dunk and once at New Mexico in the same week for a block.
SIX OVERTIMES A MW RECORD: Nevada's sixth overtime game of the season at Boise State on Wednesday is the most ever played by a Mountain West school. The four overtime games in MW play is tied for the most in conference history with New Mexico (2006-07) and UNLV (2001-02).
THREE SENIORS HONORED SATURDAY: Nevada seniors Deonte Burton, Jerry Evans, Jr. and Ali Fall will be honored prior to tip-off on Saturday. Burton has started all 128 games of his career and ranks second with 2,056 career points. Evans is also a four-year starter appearing in 124 games earning 105 starts. Fall has played in 44 games and earned seven starts in his two seasons at Nevada.
BURTON SCORES 2000TH POINT: Senior guard Deonte Burton scored a game-high 21 points in the Pack's victory at Air Force and needed just five of those points to join Nick Fazekas (2004-07) as the only players in Nevada history to score 2,000 points in a career. Fazekas holds the school record with 2,464 points and Burton currently has 2,056.
In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 128th consecutive start at Boise State on Wednesday, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
Burton's 605 free throws made and 810 attempted is first at Nevada. At BSU he tied his season-high with eight assists and in the process moved past 500 and has 501 in his career. He ranks second behind Kevin Soares' (1989-92) 716. Burton's 166 steals is fifth with Darryl Owens (1986-89) in fourth with 200.
His 181 three-pointers made is fifth with Jerry Hogan (1990-94) fourth with 185. In 128 games he has attempted 535 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
He ranks fifth in field goals made (635) with Alex Boyd (1967-70) fourth with 673. The point guard has attempted 1,448 field goals to rank fifth behind Edgar Jones' (1975-79) 1,477.
EVANS NEARING 1000 POINTS: Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. scored 15 points at Boise State to close within 24 of becoming the 25th player in Nevada history to score 1,000 points. He has played in 124 games in his three plus seasons.
Evans is second on the team averaging 12.8 points per game and tops the team averaging 6.2 rebounds per game. In MW play he averages 11.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. The 6.2 rebounds is 15th in the MW and 6.3 in conference play ranks 14th.
He posted his third double-double of the season and his career at Air Force with 11 points and 13 rebounds. The 13 rebounds is tied with AJ West for the top game by a Pack player this season. Evans recorded his first career double-double with a team-high 21 points and a game-high 11 rebounds against Long beach State. His second came at home against Air Force with a team-high 17 points and added 10 rebounds.
In 10 of the last 13 games he has 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 career-long five game double figure streaks both occurred this season.
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.
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.
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 12.8 points per game. Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.9.
In 19-of-29 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.
PACK TIED FOR FOURTH: At 9-8 Nevada is tied for fourth in the Mountain West standings with Boise State with one game remaining. A win over third place UNLV (10-7) to end the season would earn the Pack the third seed in next week's MW Championship. A loss could drop the Pack as low as sixth.
San Diego State is tied with UNM for first at 15-2.
The Pack's nine wins is triple 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 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 17 MW games Nevada is third in field goal percentage defense (41.2) and first in three-point field goal percentage defense (29.9). The Pack is second in blocks averaging 5.4 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.
BURTON PLAYS ALL 50: Senior point guard Deonte Burton played all 50 minutes in the Pack's 83-81 double overtime victory at Boise State on Wednesday. The 50 minutes is a career-high, one more than the 49 he played in Nevada's 96-86 double overtime victory at Fresno State.
Burton tops the MW and 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.
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 STEPS IT UP IN YEAR TWO: Sophomore forward Cole Huff has stepped up his offensive game in his second year in the program. Huff averaged 4.3 points per game as a freshman and has nearly tripled his scoring average in his sophomore season scoring 11.9 points per game. In MW play his 13.3 points per game is 17th and 5.7 rebounds is tied for 17th in the conference.
Huff scored in a career-high nine consecutive games until finishing with five at Boise State. He made two free throws with 10 seconds to play at BSU to seal the victory and had seven rebounds to tie Jerry Evans, Jr. for team-high honors. In the nine games he averaged 13.9 points and 5.3 rebounds per game. From the field he is shot 45.1 percent and 34.1 from behind the arc.
His 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 at FS his layup tied the game at 82 to force second overtime period. Huff's offensive rebound and put back at home against Air Force with 11 seconds to play sent that game into overtime as the Pack won 69-56.
In 16 of the last 22 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 11.9 points per game and is second grabbing 5.4 rebounds per game.
Starting all 30 games he has scored in double figures 19 times and eight times led the Pack in rebounding. For the first time in his career he led the team with 16 points versus Utah State. Three times he tied for team-high honors with 15 at home vs. New Mexico, 18 at New Mexico and 14 vs. SJSU. The 16 points was the first time this season Deonte Burton or Jerry Evans, Jr. did not top Nevada in scoring. The 18-point game at UNM is the second.
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 BACK ON TRACK: Junior guard Michael Perez is back on track after a cold stretch that saw him not reach double figures in five-of-eight games. Perez scored 17 points at Boise State, one off his career high and has scored in double figures in five of the last six games and seven times in the last nine games. His second four-game double figure stretch ended after he totaled eight against #25 New Mexico.
In the last nine games he is averaging 11.7 points. He is shooting 39.6 percent from the field and 35.2 from behind the arc in the last nine.
At New Mexico he tied his career-high with 18 points. The 18 points at UNM tied Cole Huff for team-high honors and is the first time Perez led the Pack in scoring.
It is the fourth time he scored 18 points in a game with all four coming away from Reno. He also had 18 vs. #19 UCLA in Las Vegas, at Cal and at UNLV.
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.
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 11.6 points to go along with 3.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
The 6-3 guard has scored in double figures in 19 games on the season and made a three-pointer in every game but two at home, versus Utah State and Colorado State. In the last 21 games he has scored in double figures 14 times.
In addition to the ranking fourth on the team in scoring he is second dishing out 3.0 assists per game and is fifth in rebounding. At Fresno State he had a season-high seven assists and totaled six against CSU.
WEST PROVIDING INSIDE PRESENCE: Junior forward AJ West has provided the Pack an inside presence defensively and offensively. In the last 10 games he has 22 blocks and had a stretch of four in three consecutive games prior to totalling two at SDSU and vs. Fresno State. Has a block in all but three games played.
His 71 offensive rebounds in MW play is tied for second most in the history of the MW conference.
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 second best performance in MW play this season and tied for the second best outing in the conference.
In 19 games in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, West is averaging 7.2 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25.8 minutes per contest.
West scored in double figures the first four MW games. In conference play he averages 7.4 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in 26.4 minutes per game with a shooting percentage of 51.1. The 2.5 blocks is fifth in the MW and 7.4 rebounds is 11th. He ranks second in conference play grabbing 4.2 offensive boards per game.
Nine times he has led the team in rebounding and five times posted a game high. He has four of the Pack's nine double figure rebounding games.
At home against Wyoming he recorded his first double-double with 12 points and 12 rebounds. His second double-double came in the home 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 five shots. He has two or more blocks in 12 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. On the season 14 times the Pack has put four players in double figures in a game. The 14 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, vs. Fresno State, vs. SJSU, at Air Force and at BSU. The Pack is 9-5 in those 14 games.
Senior guard Deonte Burton is second in the MW and 30th nationally averaging 19.9 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. 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 17.9 points per game to rank fourth in the conference.
Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team scoring 12.8 points per contest. Evans has scored in double figures in 20-of-29 games played. All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come this season. In conference play he averages 11.1 points per game.
The third player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 11.9 points per game. Huff scored a career-high 31 points in the double overtime victory at Fresno State. In conference play he averages 13.3 points per game which is 17th in the MW.
Junior newcomer Michael Perez is fourth on the squad scoring 11.5 points per game. Perez has reached double figures 19 times on the season and scored a season-high 18 four times. In MW action he averages 11.2 points per game.
COLEMAN DELIVERS AT BSU: Sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman had his best game since returning from eye surgery scoring 12 points in the Pack's 83-81 double overtime victory at Boise State. Coleman scored eight of the Pack's final 10 points in regulation including a 3-pointer to tie the game at 62 and force overtime. The 12 points is his first double figure scoring game in the last 17 and since netting a career-high 15 vs. Missouri in Las Vegas.
Coleman is Nevada's top scorer off the bench averaging 6.2 points and 2.1 rebounds in 17.5 minutes per game.
Coleman has played in 25 games and missed five with an eye injury that required surgery. He has scored 23 games with the two exceptions being at Wyoming and home vs. New Mexico.
He will wear protective glasses the rest of the season.
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.
He earned two starts early in the season for an injured Jerry Evans, Jr.
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 88-74 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.
At home 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.
PACK AT LAWLOR: Nevada has won 78 percent of its home games over the past 10 plus seasons posting a 142-41 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.