March 9, 2012
#5 Louisiana Tech vs. #1 NEVADA
Top seeded Nevada (26-5) plays fifth seed Louisiana Tech (17-15) in the semifinals of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Tournament on Friday at 8:30 p.m. PT. at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas, Nev. Nevada won both games this season from the Bulldogs and the last five meetings.
Friday, 8:30 p.m. PT
#5 Louisiana Tech Bulldogs
#1 NEVADA WOLF PACK
Orleans Arena (7,442 )
RADIO: University of Nevada Sports Network (KUUB 94.5 FM Reno; KPLY 630 AM Reno; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play), Len Stevens (analyst) - pregame starts at 8:00 p.m.
TELEVISION: WAC Sports Network - KAME-TV, My 21 Reno
Guy Haberman (play-by-play), Bob Donewald (analyst)
Live stats: Live stats link
WEB STREAMING: WAC.tv
SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series with Louisiana Tech 19-5. The Wolf Pack won the first meeting in Ruston 65-63 on Jan 28 and the second meeting just two games ago 79-69 on March 3 in Reno. The Pack has won the last five meetings and 18-of-20 which included a stretch of 12 in a row. LA Tech and Nevada have met twice in the WAC tournament with Pack winning both games. In 2003 in Tulsa, Okla. the Pack defeated the Bulldogs 72-66 in the quarterfinals. The Wolf Pack won the 2009 semifinals matchup in Reno 77-68.
UP NEXT: With a victory on Friday Nevada would play either New Mexico State or Hawai`i on Saturday at 9 p.m. PT. for the WAC Tournament championship. The game will air on the ESPN2.
PACK IN WAC TOURNAMENT - The 2012 Western Athletic Conference tournament is the 12th that Nevada has participated in since joining the league in 2000. The Wolf Pack are 16-9 all time and won the 2004 title in Fresno, Calif. and the 2006 tournament played in Reno. The Pack defeated UTEP, 66-60 to claim the 2004 crown and Utah State 70-63 in overtime in 2006.
Nevada made two other finals appearances falling in 2003, 75-64 to Tulsa and 72-62 to Utah State in 2009.
Friday's semifinal game will be the ninth for the Pack. In the previous eight Nevada is 4-4 with last being an 80-79 setback to NMSU in 2010 in Reno. The Pack and Bulldogs met in a 2010 semifinal game played in Reno and Nevada won 77-68. Nevada won the only other WAC Tournament matchup in 2003 downing the Bulldogs 72-66 in the quarterfinals in 2003 in Tulsa, Okla.
For the second consecutive year the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas is the site of the Western Athletic Conference tournament. It is the fifth time that Las Vegas will host the tournament. The 2012 tournament marks the second time and second year in a row that the site will not feature a WAC school as host.
BURTON NAMED WAC PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton followed his 2011 WAC Freshman of the Year honor by becoming the fourth player at Nevada to earn postseason WAC Player of the Year honors. Burton averaged 17.3 points and 4.1 assists in WAC play this season.
Burton joins Kirk Synder (2004), Nick Fazekas (2005, 2006, 2007) and Luke Babbitt (2010) as Wolf Pack players who earned the WAC postseason honor. Fazekas and Babbitt were also sophomores in 2005 and 2010 when they were named WAC Player of the Year.
Burton was selected as the 2012 preseason WAC Player of the Year and it is the fourth time a Nevada player received both honors in the same season. Snyder, Fazekas (twice) and Babbitt all earned preseason and postseason WAC Player of the Year honors.
A Nevada player has been named the season ending WAC Player of the Year in six of the last nine seasons with Fazekas grabbing the honor three consecutive seasons from 2004-2007.
Johnson and Babbitt are currently on the roster of the NBA's Portland Trail Blazers. Snyder was first round pick of the Utah Jazz and Fazekas was chosen in the second round by the Dallas Mavericks. Both played for several teams in the NBA.
Burton was the fourth Pack player to earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors last year when he averaged 13.7 points and 3.5 assists per game. Ramon Sessions (2005), Johnson (2008) and Babbitt (2009) were the previous Nevada players named WAC Freshman of the Year. Sessions, a second round pick of the Milwaukee Bucks, is currently on the roster of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
CARTER NAMED DON HASKINS COACH OF THE YEAR - Third-year head coach David Carter was named the Don Haskins Coach of the Year after leading the Wolf Pack to the 2012 WAC regular season title with a 13-1 conference record. The Pack began WAC play 8-0 for the first team in school history and became the second Nevada team to go undefeated on the road in WAC play posting a 7-0 record.
Carter is the second Nevada coach to earn the WAC honor. Mark Fox received recognition three consecutive seasons from 2005-07.
He notched his 60th win after the Pack defeated San Jose State on Thursday 54-44. Carter is 60-37 leading the Wolf Pack basketball program. In his first season the Pack went 21-13 and advanced the second round on the NIT. Last year the young squad posted a 13-19 record. The 60 wins are 10th among Pack coaches, five back of Jim Carey (1976-80) who was 65-46 in four seasons.
Carter is just the second coach at Nevada to lead the Pack to more than one 20 win season. His first team went 21-13 then a young squad posted 13-19 mark last season coupled with a 26-5 mark this gives him two 20 win seasons in three years. Mark Fox won 20 games all five years he coached the Pack from 2004-09.
ALL FIVE STARTERS EARN WAC HONORS - Nevada has started the same lineup all season and all five were recognized by the WAC coaches by earning postseason honors. The five showed why they were able to join forces to win the 2012 WAC regular season title posting a 13-1 conference record.
Point guard Deonte Burton earned the highest honor being named WAC Player of the Year and was joined on the All-WAC first team by senior forward Olek Czyz.
Senior forward Dario Hunt was a repeat selection on the All-WAC second team and was selected to the WAC Defensive unit for the third consecutive season. Junior guard Malik Story was chosen to the honorable mention squad. Sophomore guard Jerry Evans, Jr. joined Hunt on the WAC Defensive team.
LAST GAME: NEVADA RALLIES TO DOWN SAN JOSE STATE 54-44
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Conference player of the year Deonte Burton woke up after taking an elbow to the jaw, scoring 15 of his 16 in the second half, and top-seeded Nevada overcame a horrid first half offensively for a 54-44 win over San Jose State in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals on Thursday night.
Immediately after getting dropped to the floor by the elbow of San Jose State's Stephon Smith, Burton responded with eight straight points, and awakened a slumbering Nevada offense that tied a WAC tournament record by scoring just 13 first-half points.
Not that the Spartans were much better, leading just 14-13 at the break. But Nevada's talent took over the final 14 minutes, erasing a nine-point second-half deficit.
Olek Czyz and Jerry Evans, Jr.added 10 each for Nevada (26-5), who will face either Utah State or Louisiana Tech in the semifinals.
Will Carter led the Spartans (9-22) with 18 points.
NEVADA GETTING DEFENSIVE - Nevada leads the WAC in field goal percentage defense holding opponents to 40.6 percent shooting and in WAC play tops the league at 40.1 percent. The Wolf Pack is also first in scoring defense allowing 64.2 points per game and in conference play the 65.7 points per game is second. Nationally the Pack is 69th in field goal percentage defense and 113th in scoring defense as of March 5.
In the WAC the Pack is third in 3-point field goal percentage defense at 32.6 and fifth in conference play (33.5%). Nevada tops the WAC in blocks averaging 4.9 per game and is fourth in steals swiping 5.9 per game. In WAC play Nevada averages 4.79 blocks to lead the conference and 5.21 steals are fourth. In the national rankings the Pack is 34th in blocks.
BYU, Idaho and Iona are the only opponents to shoot over 50 percent versus the Pack. In the first meetings with Utah State and Hawai`i both teams shot exactly 50 percent in losses to the Pack.
Nevada has held 12 opponents below 40 percent shooting with a season low 30 percent coming versus UC Riverside and CSU Bakersfield. The 44 points SJSU scored in the first round of the WAC Tournament is the low point total by a Nevada opponent.
NEVADA EARNS FOURTH OUTRIGHT WAC TITLE, SIXTH OVERALL - Nevada's 65-61 victory over New Mexico State earned the Wolf Pack its fourth outright Western Athletic Conference Championship. The Pack shared the 2004 and 2008 titles giving them six in the last nine seasons. The Pack won outright titles in three consecutive years; 2005, 2006 and 2007. Head coach David Carter has been associated with all six, five as an assistant.
BALANCING ACT - Nevada has used a balanced scoring attack all season to post a 26-5 record. The Pack is the only current WAC team that has four players averaging in double figures. The Pack is led by its backcourt duo of Deonte Burton and Malik Story. Burton is scoring 15.2 points per game and Story 14. The senior front court of Olek Czyz and Dario Hunt are averaging 13.5 and 10.3 points respectively. The Pack's fifth starter, Jerry Evans, Jr. is scoring 6.8 points per game.
At Hawai`i all five starters scored in double figures. Burton led the way with 20 points with Story close behind with 19 points. Czyz and Hunt each had 15 points while Evans scored all 13 of his points in the second half.
The five starters combine to average 59.9 of Nevada's 70.6 points per game. Of the 2,189 points scored this season 1,856 come from the Pack starters, 84.8 percent. On the year 12 times four players scored in double digits and there was the one game of five reaching double digits at Hawai`i.
Games with four Pack players scoring in double figures:
Pacific (11/17/11): Story (18), Czyz (17), Evans, Jr. (11) and Panzer (11).
Longwood (11/20/11): Story (28), Burton (14), Hunt (13) and Evans (10).
vs. BYU (11/25/11): Czyz (11), Evans (11), Story (11) and Hunt (10).
at Montana (12/10/11): Burton (21), Czyz (17), Story (11) and Hunt (10).
UC Riverside (12/17/11): Czyz (15), Story (15), Hunt (12) and Burton (10).
Portland (12/22/11): Hunt (15), Czyz (15), Evans, Jr. (11) and Story (10).
Cedarville (12/28/11): Story (19), Hunt (13), Burton (13) and Czyz (10).
at Utah State (1/7/12): Burton (25), Czyz (14), Hunt (14) and Story (12).
San Jose State (1/12/12): Evans, Jr. (19), Burton (14), Story (11) and Czyz (10).
Fresno State (1/21/12): Burton (18), Story (17), Hunt (13) and Czyz (10).
at New Mexico State (1/26/12): Burton (17), Hunt (14), Story (14) and Czyz (14).
at Iona (2/18/12): Czyz (28), Burton (21), Hunt (15) and Story.
Game with five Pack players scoring in double figures:
at Hawai`i (2/9/12): Burton (20), Story (19), Czyz (15), Hunt (15) and Evans (13).
MOST IMPROVED - Nevada's men's basketball team is tied with Manhattan as the most improved NCAA I team in the country.
HUNT SEEKING TO BECOME FOURTH 1,000-1,000 NEVADA PLAYER - Senior forward Dario Hunt became the 22nd player at Nevada to score 1,000 points in the Iona game and now has his sights set on becoming the fourth player to score 1,000 points and grab 1,000 rebounds. Hunt is the fifth player with 900 points and 900 rebounds at Nevada. He has 998 rebounds leaving him two away from the magic mark.
The 998 rebounds ranks fourth in school history and is 14th all time in the WAC. In the WAC his 9.8 rebounds per game is second and nationally he ranks 22nd in the March 5 release .
He is 18th in school history with 1,064 career points. Mike Gray (1977-79) is 17th with his 1,125 points.
Against New Mexico State he tied his career-high with six blocks. Hunt's 266 career blocks is fifth all-time in the WAC. Hunt is first in the WAC and as of March 5 is 26th in the nation in blocked shots averaging 2.4 per game. Has 17 blocks in the last four games and average of 4.3 per game.
He broke the Nevada career blocks record in the season-opener versus Missouri State with the 193rd block in his career. He came into the season tied with Nick Fazekas (2004-07) with 192.
His 74 blocks this season is the record for a senior and is the third best single season at Nevada. He has the third, fourth, fifth and sixth best block years at Nevada.
CZYZ EARNS FIRST TEAM ALL-WAC HONORS - Senior forward Olek Czyz was named to the 2012 All-WAC first team after being named to the WAC Newcomer team last season. Czyz averaged 14.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field in 14 WAC games.
Czyz led the Pack in scoring in five consecutive games until scoring nine points in the regular season finale versus LA Tech. The first four games of the stretch were game highs. He scored a career-high 28 points at Iona making nine-of-16 field goals and 10-of-13 free throws. The 10 free throws made tied his career high and the 13 attempted are a career high. It was the second time in three games he posted a career high after scoring 27 at San Jose State. Seven times on the season he has posted a game-high which is tied with Malik Story for second on team.
At Fresno State he finished the night with 25 points and 11 rebounds in a career-high 49 minutes to record his fifth double-double of the season and seventh of his career. The 11 rebounds tied his career high as did the 11 field goals made.
Three of his five 20-point games on the season has come in the last six outings. He has scored in double figures 24 times which is tied with Malik Story for tops on the team. A seven-game streak of double figure games came to end in the LA Tech game when he totaled nine. He has scored in double figures in eight-of-nine, 15-of-17 and 19-of-22 games.
At SJSU Czyz scored 15 of Nevada's final 22 points of the game. He also had 10 rebounds to post his fourth double-double of the season. At Hawai`i he just missed a double-double with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Czyz has increased his average to 13.5 points per game which is third on the team and 11th in the WAC. His 6.3 rebounds per contest are second on the team and sixth in the conference. He ranks fifth in the WAC and 32nd im the March 5 national rankings making 54.3 percent of his shots.
At Louisiana Tech he scored a game-high 24 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to record his third double-double of the season. Czyz grabbed an offensive rebound, scored the basket, was fouled and made the free throw with 37 seconds to play against the Bulldogs to put the Pack up 65-62 as they went on to win 65-63.
Czyz posted back-to-back double-doubles at home with 24 points and 11 rebounds against Hawai`i then had 16 points and 10 rebounds versus Nebraska Omaha.
Three times he has tied teammates for team-high honors in scoring with 11 vs. BYU, 15 vs. UC Riverside and 15 vs. Portland.
HUNT RECORDS FIVE CONSECUTIVE DOUBLE-DOUBLE, 13 ON THE SEASON - Senior forward Dario Hunt had a streak of five consecutive double-doubles come to an end versus New Mexico State when he scored 10 points but grabbed just five rebounds. However Hunt did tie his career high with six blocks versus the Aggies.
He followed the NMSU game with yet another double-double against LA Tech totaling 16 points and 14 rebounds to give him 13 on the season. The 13 double-doubles is second most in the WAC and 27th in the March 5 national rankings. All 13 double-doubles has come in the last 23 games.
Hunt's fifth double-double in the streak was at Fresno State when he finished with 20 points and 15 rebounds in the 79-76 triple overtime victory. The 20 points is a season high. He had another stretch of four in a row earlier this season.
In the last 23 games Hunt is averaging a double-double scoring 11.3 points and grabbing 10.5 rebounds per game. Over the same 23-game stretch he is shooting 54.2 (103-of-190) percent from the field.
On the season Hunt has 17 double figure rebounding games and 34 in his career. He has grabbed a game high in rebounds 20 times and led the team in rebound a team-high 23 times. In his career Hunt has led the Pack in rebounding 60 times.
Hunt made his 100th career start versus Washington (12/2) and now has 123 in the Silver & Blue. The 6-8 forward, has started 123-of-131 games played in his career. He has started the last 67 games and 100 of the last 101.
NEVADA WINS 20 GAMES FOR THE EIGHTH TIME IN NINE YEARS - Nevada won its 20th game of the season after defeating Hawai`i 88-79 on Feb. 11. It is the 13th time a Wolf Pack men's basketball team has won 20 games in a season. The Pack has posted 20 win seasons in eight of the last nine years. The current 26 victories is the fourth highest win total in Nevada history. In 2005-06 the Pack went 27-6, the 1945-46 squad was 28-5 and the 2006-07 team won a school record 29 games ending the year 29-5.
Third-year head coach David Carter has led the Pack to a pair of 20 win seasons making him just the second coach at Nevada to have more than one 20 win season leading the Wolf Pack. Mark Fox (2004-09) won 20 or more games all five years he coached the Pack. Carter's first team went 21-13 and the 26 wins this year are the most by Pack team he has coached.
PACK CONTINUES TO RECEIVE VOTES - Nevada continues to receive votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll for the ninth week in a row. In consecutive weeks the Pack received one vote, three votes, 12 votes, 18 votes, nine votes, a season-high 21 votes , one vote in each of the next two weeks and three votes in the latest poll. Nevada got six votes in the Jan. 30 AP Top 25 but after a loss did not receive votes the last three weeks. The last Pack squad to receive votes was the 2006-07 team, which was also the last Nevada team to qualify for the NCAA Tournament.
26 WINS DOUBLE LAST YEAR - Nevada's 26 wins this season doubles last year's season total of 13 when the Pack posted a 13-19 record. Last season the Wolf Pack was 13-18 after 31 games compared to a 26-5 mark this season. Last year the Wolf Pack's 13th and final victory came on March 9, 2011 when Nevada defeated Fresno State 90-80 in the first round of the WAC tournament.
In addition to improving the overall record the Pack has surpassed its win total away from Reno. This year Nevada is 11-3 away from Lawlor Events Center, 9-2 in true road contests and 2-1 in two neutral site games played in Chicago.
Last season Nevada was 3-10 in away games and 1-4 at neutral sites for a combined 4-14 record outside of Lawlor Events Center. Nevada was 0-10 away from Reno until a 69-67 victory at Boise State on Jan 15, 2011.
NEVADA'S 13-1 RECORD EQUALS BEST WAC START, PACK GO 7-0 ON THE ROAD - Nevada's 13-1 record in WAC play this season equals the 2006-07 team for the best record in 14 WAC games in school history since joining the conference for the 2000-2001 season. The 2006-07 team went 29-5 overall and won the WAC title with a 14-2 mark when the league was comprised of nine teams compared to eight this season. The 2006-07 team was 13-1 before suffering a second WAC loss. The Pack's 8-0 start this season is the first time a Nevada team won its first eight games in the WAC. The perfect 7-0 road record equals the 2004-05 team that also posted perfect WAC road record going 9-0. The 2004-05 Nevada squad was the last WAC team to post a perfect road record until the 2011-12 team accomplished the feat.
STORY THIRD IN THE WAC, 12TH NATIONALLY - Junior guard Malik Story was named to the WAC Honorable Mention team after averaging 14.6 points in conference play. Story ranks third in the WAC and 12th nationally in the March 5 rankings making 42.1 percent of his 3-pointers. Story has made 83-of-197 attempts on the season. His 2.7 made three-pointers per game is tied for seventh in the conference and 24th in the country as of March 5. Story has made a three-pointer in 28-of-31 games this season.
After a three-game stretch of going 3-for-22 from behind the arc he went seven-of-13 combine in the NMSU and LA Tech games to end the season but missed all six attempts in the first game of the WAC Tournament. He was four-of-seven in the NMSU game and three-of-six against Louisiana Tech. Story made 3-pointers on four consecutive trips down the floor in just 1:40 in the NMSU game.
He made a career-high seven, 3-pointers in Nevada's 80-78 victory over Longwood. Story was good on seven-of-10, three-point attempts versus the Lancers and finished with 28 points on the night. The 28 points is tied with Deonte Burton and Olek Czyz for the second highest scoring game for the Pack this season.
Story is second on the team and tied for seventh in the WAC in scoring at 14 points per game.
PACK TURNAROUND IN CLOSE GAMES - Another of the turnarounds for the 2011-12 squad from last season is success in close games. Nevada is 17-3 in games decided by 10 points or less this season with two losses being four point setbacks at nationally ranked UNLV (71-67), and at home to Idaho (72-68). The third was a six point setback in a BracketBusters game at Iona (90-84). The Pack is 8-2 in games decided by five points or less.
Last season the Pack went 6-12 in games decided by 10 points or less. Nevada was 4-10 in games decided by six points or less last season.
EVANS DEADLY NIGHT FROM THREE - Sophomore guard Jerry Evans, Jr. had his best offensive night for the Wolf Pack in Nevada's 81-57 victory over San Jose State on Jan. 12, 2012. Evan's scored a career and game-high 19 points making six-of-seven shots from the field. He made his first six shots of the game which included five in a row from behind the three-point line. His only miss was a three-pointer with 4:08 to play. At the free throw line he made two of his three attempts. The 6-8 guard also grabbed seven rebounds which tied for game-high honors.
On the season he is averaging 6.8 points and 4.9 rebounds. He is 15th in the WAC in rebounding at 4.9 per game and is 13th in blocks averaging .60 per game. In WAC play his 46.9 percent shooting from behind the arc is second.
BURTON ON POINT(S) - Sophomore point guard Deonte Burton has put up some impressive numbers in his second season in the Silver & Blue averaging a team-high 15.2 points per game which is fifth in the WAC. In WAC play his 17.3 points per game is third in the conference. All the numbers that helped him earn WAC Player of the Year honors.
In the opening round of the WAC Tournament he scored 15 of his team-high 16 points in the second half to help the Pack rally from a nine-point deficit to advance to the semifinals with a 54-44 victory over SJSU.
Burton seems to come alive in the second half scoring the majority of his points after the break. On the season 295 of Burton's 472 points have come after halftime, 62.5 percent an average of 9.5 per game.
In the latest NCAA rankings he was 36th nationally in assist-to-turnover ratio and is currently fourth in the conference at 2.3.
Against LA Tech he scored 20 points making seven-of-12 field goals and all five free throws. It was the 10th time he scored 20 or more points in game this season.
His 20 double figure scoring games are third on the squad. Against Washington he recorded his first career 30-point game finishing with 31.
Seven of his 20-point games has come on the road. In 11 true road games he is averaging 20.3 points, 2.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.4. From the field he is shooting 46.3 percent and 44.4 percent from behind the 3-point arc. His high output on the road was 28 at UNLV and Arizona State with the low being six at SJSU but did have eight assists and no turnovers against the Spartans.
In 19 of the last 24 games he has scored in double figures.
His most recent heroics came with the Pack trailing Utah State 52-50, he made a 3-pointer falling down with 11.8 seconds to play to give Nevada the lead as they held on for the 53-52 victory. He finished with 13 points, all in the second half as Nevada won its school record tying 16th consecutive game.
In the 77-74 home victory over Hawai`i he scored 25 points, 20 in the second half to help the Pack rally from a seven-point deficit. With Nevada trailing 70-66 with 4:09 to play he scored nine consecutive points to put the Pack up 75-71. His only 3-pointer of the game broke a 70-70 tie and the Pack did not trail the rest of the game. In total he scored nine of Nevada's final 11 points of the game.
In the Pack's first two WAC road wins he scored game highs with 26 points at Idaho and followed that with 25 at Utah State. He also averaged 5.5 assists and 1.5 steals with an assist-to-turnover-ratio of 3.7. From the field he shot 59.4 (19-of-32) percent and from behind the arc 46.7 (7-of-15). For his play he earned WAC Player of the Week honors for the third time this season.
For the first time in his career Burton played the entire game logging 40 minutes at Utah State. The 10 field goals and 19 field goal attempts at USU were also career bests.
He had an outstanding three game stretch posting game-highs with 31 points versus Washington (12/2), 28 at Arizona State (12/7) and 21 at Montana (12/10) in three wins. He followed that with 10 in the UC Riverside (12/17) game but after battling foul trouble tied his career low with two points against Portland (12/22). Burton had 13 points versus Cedarville then produced the back-to-back 20-point games in the two WAC road victories at Idaho and Utah State.
The majority of Burton's points came after halftime in the four consecutive double figure games when he scored 66 of his 90 points, 73 percent. After the break he shot 67 (18-of-27) percent, 83 (10-of-12) percent from behind the 3-point line and 87 (20-of-23) percent at the free throw line.
At Montana, Burton made five-of-12 field goals, three-of-six 3-pointers and eight-of-nine free throws. He also had five rebounds, five assists, blocked a shot and for the second game in a row did not have a turnover. He scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half.
At ASU he made six-of-11 field goals, three-of-five, 3-pointers and 13-of-15 free throws. The 13 free throws made and 15 attempted are career highs. He scored 21 of his 28 points in the second half.
In the Washington game Burton scored 19-of-22 points at one stretch of the game from 5:54 to play in the second half with his final point coming at the free throw line with 1 minute to play in overtime. He scored 19 of Nevada's final 24 points in the game.
With 4.3 seconds to play he nailed a 3-pointer to tie the score at 66 and send the game into overtime. In overtime he scored the Pack's first eight points and his assist on a Kevin Panzer basket closed out the scoring for Nevada. With 1:41 to play in overtime his fourth, 3-pointer of the game put the Pack on top to stay 72-70. He made both of his free throw attempts with 1 minute to play to close out his scoring. Of his 31 points, 22 came after halftime.
Burton's first 20-point game of the season came at UNLV when he scored a then career-high 28 points versus the Rebels. He scored 20 of Nevada's 29 first half points at UNLV.
THREE-POINT RECORD SETTING EXPLOSION - Eight different Nevada players contributed to a record breaking night as the Wolf Pack set single game school records with 16 made three-pointers and 32 attempted, a 50 percent shooting clip against San Jose State on Jan. 12, 2012. The old record of 15 came versus Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 11, 1999. The previous record for attempts was 29 that occurred three times with the last being on Dec. 20, 2010 versus Portland State.
Jerry Evans, Jr. led the way with his career-high five, three-pointers on six attempts. Deonte Burton made three in his seven shots from behind the arc with Malik Story connecting on three-of-nine. The five players with one, three-pointer each were; Brice Crook (1-for-1), Keith Feutsch (1-for-2), Jordan Finn (1-for-2), Jordan Burris (1-for-3) and Kevin Panzer (1-for-2).
2011-12 TEAM TIES SCHOOL RECORD 16-GAME WIN STREAK - The 2011-12 Nevada squad won 16 consecutive games to tie the 1965-66 team for the longest win streak in school history. The streak came to an end when the Wolf Pack fell 72-68 at home to Idaho on Feb. 4.
The streak was the second longest in country when it ended to then undefeated Murray State and is tied for the sixth longest this season. The Wolf Pack's 12-game home court win streak also ended and it was tied for 19th longest in the nation at that time.
The 1965-66 squad went on to post a 21-6 record for head coach Jack Spencer.
The 25-5 start is the best since the 2006-07 squad began the year 27-3 on the way to a 29-5 record. Nevada has won 25-of-28 after starting the season 0-2.
NUMBERS DURING THE 16-GAME STREAK - During Nevada's 16-game win streak the Wolf Pack averaged 71.8 points per game and allowed 61.7, plus 10.1. The Pack scored 70 or more points 11 times which included twice scoring 81 points.
The Wolf Pack shot 47.4 percent and held opponents 40 percent during the streak. From behind the arc the Pack shot 40.5 percent and opponents 32.1. At the free throw line Nevada converted 65.7 percent of its attempts and opponents 67.8. Nevada outrebounded opponents by 1.8 per game, 34.9-33.1.
Four players averaged double figures during the stretch; Deonte Burton (16.9), Malik Story (14.8), Olek Czyz (13.3) and Dario Hunt (10.5).
PACK PERFECT IN JANUARY AND DECEMBER - Nevada was 6-0 in December and 8-0 in January. It is the only squad in school history to go undefeated in December and January. The last Wolf Pack men's basketball team to post a perfect December was the 1978-79 squad that went 8-0 on the way to a 21-7 record. The 1965-66 squad was the last team to have a perfect January going 7-0 and finished the year 21-6.
4 GAMES, 4 CITIES, 4 STATES, 3 TIME ZONES IN 10 DAYS - Nevada recently completed a four-game stretch of playing in four cities, in four states, in three different time zones over 10 days. It began with a Feb. 9 game in Honolulu against Hawai`i at 7 p.m. HT. Game two was in San Jose, Calif. against San Jose State at 8 p.m. PT on Feb. 11. The third game was at home versus CSU Bakersfield on Feb. 14 at 7 p.m. PT. The final game was a BracketBusters contest on Feb. 18 in New Rochelle, N.Y. at Iona. The Pack won the first three games before suffering a loss at Iona. The four games stretched from Honolulu to New York across five time zones. It is 4968 miles from Honolulu to New York.
REMEMBERING MILTON - In remembrance of University of Nevada president Milton D. Glick who passed away of a stroke on April 16, 2011, the Wolf Pack men's basketball team will wear an MG patch on their shorts. Glick, 73, was the 15th president of the University of Nevada.
CARTER INKS FOUR DURING EARLY SIGNING PERIOD - University of Nevada head men's basketball coach David Carter signed three players to National Letters of Intent for the 2012-13 season. Guard Marqueze Coleman along with forwards Cole Huff, Raphael Carter and Cheikh (Ali) Fall will join the Pack next season.
Coleman, of Encino, Calif., is a 6-3, 180-pound shooting guard who averaged 13.1 points, 2.1 assists, 5.7 rebounds and 1.1 blocks for Bishop Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif. last season. He earned first-team All-CIF and second-team Mission League honors following his junior year. The Warriors posted a 20-11 record last year.
The 6-8, 200-pound Huff from Altadena, Calif. attends Campbell Hall High School in North Hollywood, Calif. As a junior, the small forward averaged 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.2 blocks, 1.3 steals and 1.2 assists per game. He helped the Vikings to a 17-10 record last season.
Carter is a 6-8, 215-pound forward who is currently in his sophomore season a