Third seeded Nevada begins play in MW Championship Thursday night


Nevada begins play in the MW Championship on Thursday night.

Nevada begins play in the MW Championship on Thursday night.

March 12, 2014

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Nevada begins play in 2014 Reese's Mountain West Championship Thursday: The third seed University of Nevada (15-16) basketball team opens play in the 2014 Reese's MW Championship on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. The Wolf Pack plays the winner of Wednesday's game between #6 Boise State (19-12) and #11 San José State (7-23).  The Pack split with both teams this season, winning on the road and falling at home.  The game will air on CBS Sports Network.

Thursday, 8:30 p.m. PT
#3 NEVADA WOLF PACK
(15-16, 10-8 MW)
vs.
#6 Boise State (19-12)  /   #11 San José  State (7-23)
Thomas & Mack Center (18,500)
Las Vegas, Nev.

TELEVISION: CBS Sports Network
    Andrew Catalon (play-by-play); Doug Gottlieb (analyst); Steve Lappas (analyst) Lauren Gardner (sideline)
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); Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html

WOLF PACK LAYUPS

- Nevada defeated UNLV 76-72 at home to earn the third seed in the MW Championship and finish conference play 10-8 and stand at 15-16 on the season.  A loss to the Rebels would have dropped the Pack to the sixth seed.  The Pack swept UNLV for the first time since 1994-95.

- 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.

- 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 10 MW wins is more than triple last seasons total when the Wolf  Pack went just 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 7-6 in games decided by five points or less and 12-11 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 (20), Jerry Evans, Jr. (12.5), Cole Huff (12.3) and Michael Perez (11.7).

- Burton scored his 2,000th career point in the Silver & Blue in the Air Force game and currently has 2,080 to rank second in school history.  Nick Fazekas (2004-07) is first with 2,464 points.  Burton has started all 129 games of his career.

- Burton tied his career-high with 11 assists in the home game with UNLV and his 512 career assists ranks second in school history.  He also scored 20 points in the UNLV game to record the second double-double of his career with the first being the third game of his freshman year vs. Pepperdine (10 pts, 11 assists).

- Burton's 4.9 assists per game in conference play leads the league and 4.5 on the season is second in the MW.

- 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 mark of the first half.

- Burton's 20 points per game is second in the MW and 24th nationally.  

- Burton's has scored in double figures in 102-of-129 games during his career.

- 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 30 other games this season.  On the season he has 17 games of 20 or more points which includes 32 at  FS and 31 at USF.  In 14 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, 21 at AF and 25 vs. UNLV.

- 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 had eight assists.

- Evans scored his 900th career point in the SDSU road game and now has 978.  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 12.5 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 23 games with four being ties, twice with Jerry Evans, Jr. and twice with Cole Huff.

- Evans tops the team and ranks 16th 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 125 games and started 106 during his career.

- Three time Burton has been named MW Player of the Week, Nov. 18, Jan. 13 and Mar. 10.

- 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 39.8 percent from behind the arc.

- Huff's 12.3 points per game is third on the team but his 13.8 per game in MW play is second on the team and 12th 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 20 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.  He ranks 10th in the conference averaging 3.0 assists per game and 3.1 in MW play is also 10th.  Perez is fifth in the MW playing 35.1 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 72 offensive rebounds in MW play is the second best season in conference history.  

- West has 24 blocks in the last 11 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 13 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 20 games earning 18 starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA.  West is averaging 6.9 points and 7.0 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 89-74 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 and is one win from catching Pat Foster's (1993-99) 90 wins for seventh.

- 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 AND HUFF EARN MW HONORS:  Nevada senior Deonte Burton and sophomore Cole Huff were both honored by the Mountain West for their play this season.  Burton, the third leading scoring in the MW play at 18.2 points per game was named to the first team after earning third team honors last season.  Huff ranks 12th in conference play averaging 13.8 points per game and was selected to the honorable mention squad.

BURTON NAMED TO USBWA DISTRICT VIII AND NABC SQUADS:   University of Nevada senior point guard Deonte Burton was selected to the United State Basketball Writers Association District VIII and National Association of Basketball Coaches first teams.  Burton was named to the NABC first team in 2012.  Burton is averaging 20 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 38.6 minutes per game.

SIX OVERTIMES A MW RECORD:  Nevada's sixth overtime game of the season came at Boise State and 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).

BURTON NEARING 2,100 POINTS:  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.  Burton's current 2,080 points has him within 20 of 2,100 for his career.   Fazekas holds the school record with 2,464 points.
    In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 129th consecutive start vs. UNLV, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    Burton's 611 free throws made and 816 attempted is first at Nevada.  His 512 assists is second behind Kevin Soares' (1989-92) 716.  Burton's 166 steals is fifth with Darryl Owens (1986-89) in fourth with 200.
    His 183 three-pointers made is fifth with Jerry Hogan (1990-94) fourth with 185.  In 129 games he has attempted 540 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
    He ranks fifth in field goals made (643) with Alex Boyd (1967-70) fourth with 673.  The point guard has attempted 1,464 field goals to rank fifth behind Edgar Jones' (1975-79) 1,477.

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.

EVANS NEARING 1000 POINTS:  Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr.  has scored 978 points in his career and may need the Pack to play at least two more games to become the 25th play in school history to score 1,000 in a career.  Evans has played in 125 games in his three plus seasons.
    Evans is second on the team averaging 12.5 points per game and tops the team averaging 6.2 rebounds per game.  In MW play he averages 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.  The 6.2 rebounds is 16th in the MW and 14th in MW play.
    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 14 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 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 12.5 points per game.  Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.8.
    In 20-of-30 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 FINISHES  THIRD: After finishing last in its first season in the Mountain West, a year ago at 3-13 and being picked to finish ninth this year the University of Nevada tied for third with UNLV at 10-8 in the final conference standings.  The Wolf Pack earned the third seed after defeating the intrastate rival Rebels twice this year.
    The Pack's 10 wins is more than triple what the Wolf Pack had in MW play all last season when the team went 3-13.

BURTON NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE THIRD TIME:   Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton was named the MW Player of the Week for the third time after leading the Pack to a pair of victories the final week of the season.  It is the fourth career MW weekly accolade for Burton.

•    Averaged 24.5 points, 9.5 assists, seven rebounds and one block per game as Nevada posted a 2-0 record in the final week of regular-season play.
•    Averaged 43.5 minutes per game while shooting 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from the field, including 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from 3-point range, and converted 92.3 percent (12-of-13) of his free throws.
•    In a March 5 win at Boise State, scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out eight assists while playing all 50 minutes of the Wolf Pack's 83-81 double overtime victory.
•    Nineteen of his 25 points came after the break, including 11 in the two overtime periods. Accounted for three points in the first overtime and eight of Nevada's 14 points in the second extra session. His first basket in the second overtime put the Pack on top to stay, 71-69.
•    In Saturday's 76-72 victory against UNLV, he registered a double-double with game-highs of 24 points and 11 assists while leading the Pack back from a 17-point second-half deficit.
•    Also contributed eight rebounds, matching a career-high in both boards and assists in 37 minutes of play.
•    Burton's basket with 3:07 to play put the Pack up 72-70 and they did not trail the rest of the game. Scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, including six of Nevada's final 13.
    Burton's first MW Player of the Week honor came on Nov. 18 after he averaged 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 second 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.

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.
    Nevada finished MW play second in field goal percentage defense (41) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.8).  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.  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 and for his efforts was named to the MW honorable mention squad.  
    His 22 points in the UNLV home game is his second best career offensive game behind the 31 he scored at Fresno State.  With 33 seconds to play in the UNLV game his offensive rebound and bucket put the Pack up 74-72 as Nevada went on to win 76-72.
    Huff averaged 4.3 points per game as a freshman and has nearly tripled his scoring average in his sophomore season scoring 12.3 points per game.  In MW play his 13.8 points per game is 18th and 5.8 rebounds is tied for 17th in the conference.
    Huff scored in double figures 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 17 of the last 23 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 third 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 12.3 points per game and is second grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game.  
    Starting all 31 games he has scored in double figures 20 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 six of the last seven games and eight times in the last 10 games.  In the UNLV game he netted 11 points and dished out five assists.
    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.
    His 3.1 assists in MW play is 10th in the conference and 3.0 overall ranks 10th in the MW.  In conference play his 35.4 minutes per game is sixth and 35.1 on the season is fifth.
    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 11.7 points to go along with 3.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
    The 6-3 guard has scored in double figures in 20 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 22 games he has scored in double figures 15 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 11 games he has 24 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.
    He has struggled in the last two games combining for five points and four rebounds.
    His 72 offensive rebounds in MW play is the second most in the history of the 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 20 games in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, West is averaging 6.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25 minutes per contest.
    West scored in double figures the first four MW games.  In conference play he averages 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game with a shooting percentage of 51.6.  The 2.4 blocks is tied for third in the MW and 7.2 rebounds is 12th.  He ranks third in conference play grabbing 4.0 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 24th nationally averaging 20 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 18.2  points per game to rank third in the conference.
    Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team scoring 12.5 points per contest.  Evans has scored in double figures in 20-of-30 games played.  All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come this season.  In conference play he averages 10.6 points per game.
    The third player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 12.3 points per game.  Huff scored a career-high 31 points in the double overtime victory at Fresno State.  In conference play he averages 13.8 points per game which is 12th in the MW.
    Junior newcomer Michael Perez is fourth on the squad scoring 11.7 points per game.  Perez has reached double figures 20 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.
    In the UNLV home victory he scored seven points and made two free throws with 7 seconds to play to seal the victory.
    Coleman is Nevada's top scorer off the bench averaging 6.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game.
    Coleman has played in 26 games and missed five with an eye injury that required surgery.  He has scored 24 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.

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.

CARTER WITHIN A WIN OF FOSTER:  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 89-74 at Nevada and Johnson went 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Wolf Pack.   One more victory will catch Pat Foster (1993-99) is seventh with 90 wins.

BURTON MR. CLUTCH:  Nevada fans have come to expect senior guard Deonte Burton to come through down the stretch as he has done throughout his career.
    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.

Nevada versus 2014 Reese's Mountain West Field

Overall Record: 15-16, MW Record: 10-8, MW Home  Record: 5-4, MW Road Record: 5-4

Seed - All-times series    2014 series    2014 scores
#1 San Diego St.: Aztecs 8-4    SD 1-0    Nevada 58 at San Diego State 73
#2 New Mexico:  Lobos 4-0    UNM 2-0    Nevada 72 at UNM 90 -- UNM 72 at Nevada 58
#4 UNLV: Rebels 54-21    NV 2-0    Nevada 74 at UNLV 71 -- UNLV 72 at Nevada 76
#5 Wyoming:  Cowboys 11-2    1-1        Wyoming 58 at Nevada 61 -- Nevada 62 at Wyoming 64 (OT)
#6 Boise State: Pack 40-23    1-1        Boise St. 74 at Nevada 65 -- Nevada 83 at Boise St. 81 (2OT)
#7 Fresno State: Pack 51-39    1-1        Nevada 96 at Fresno St. 86 (2OT) -- Fresno St. 75 at Nevada 67
#8 Utah State: Aggies 32-16    1-1        Utah State 54 at Nevada 62 -- Nevada 75 at Utah State 83
#9 Colorado State: Pack 7-6    NV 1-0    Colorado State 67 at Nevada 76
#10 Air Force: Pack 3-1    NV 2-0    Air Force 56 at Nevada 69 -- Nevada 75 at Air Force 56
#11 SJSU: Pack 52-48    1-1        Nevada 62 at SJSU 50 -- SJSU 66 at Nevada 64

Nevada in the MW Championships: 0-1 - lost 85-81 to Wyoming in 2013
Carter in postseason conference tournaments:  3-4
WOLF PACK LAYUPS

- Nevada defeated UNLV 76-72 at home to earn the third seed in the MW Championship and finish conference play 10-8 and stand at 15-16 on the season.  A loss to the Rebels would have dropped the Pack to the sixth seed.  The Pack swept UNLV for the first time since 1994-95.

- 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.

- 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 10 MW wins is more than triple last seasons total when the Wolf  Pack went just 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 7-6 in games decided by five points or less and 12-11 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 (20), Jerry Evans, Jr. (12.5), Cole Huff (12.3) and Michael Perez (11.7).

- Burton scored his 2,000th career point in the Silver & Blue in the Air Force game and currently has 2,080 to rank second in school history.  Nick Fazekas (2004-07) is first with 2,464 points.  Burton has started all 129 games of his career.

- Burton tied his career-high with 11 assists in the home game with UNLV and his 512 career assists ranks second in school history.  He also scored 20 points in the UNLV game to record the second double-double of his career with the first being the third game of his freshman year vs. Pepperdine (10 pts, 11 assists).

- Burton's 4.9 assists per game in conference play leads the league and 4.5 on the season is second in the MW.

- 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 mark of the first half.

- Burton's 20 points per game is second in the MW and 24th nationally.  

- Burton's has scored in double figures in 102-of-129 games during his career.

- 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 30 other games this season.  On the season he has 17 games of 20 or more points which includes 32 at  FS and 31 at USF.  In 14 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, 21 at AF and 25 vs. UNLV.

- 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 had eight assists.

- Evans scored his 900th career point in the SDSU road game and now has 978.  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 12.5 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 23 games with four being ties, twice with Jerry Evans, Jr. and twice with Cole Huff.

- Evans tops the team and ranks 16th 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 125 games and started 106 during his career.

- Three time Burton has been named MW Player of the Week, Nov. 18, Jan. 13 and Mar. 10.

- 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 39.8 percent from behind the arc.

- Huff's 12.3 points per game is third on the team but his 13.8 per game in MW play is second on the team and 12th 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 20 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.  He ranks 10th in the conference averaging 3.0 assists per game and 3.1 in MW play is also 10th.  Perez is fifth in the MW playing 35.1 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 72 offensive rebounds in MW play is the second best season in conference history.  

- West has 24 blocks in the last 11 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 13 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 20 games earning 18 starts after being cleared to play by the NCAA.  West is averaging 6.9 points and 7.0 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 89-74 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 and is one win from catching Pat Foster's (1993-99) 90 wins for seventh.

- 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 AND HUFF EARN MW HONORS:  Nevada senior Deonte Burton and sophomore Cole Huff were both honored by the Mountain West for their play this season.  Burton, the third leading scoring in the MW play at 18.2 points per game was named to the first team after earning third team honors last season.  Huff ranks 12th in conference play averaging 13.8 points per game and was selected to the honorable mention squad.

BURTON NAMED TO USBWA DISTRICT VIII AND NABC SQUADS:   University of Nevada senior point guard Deonte Burton was selected to the United State Basketball Writers Association District VIII and National Association of Basketball Coaches first teams.  Burton was named to the NABC first team in 2012.  Burton is averaging 20 points, 4.5 assists and 4.4 rebounds in 38.6 minutes per game.

SIX OVERTIMES A MW RECORD:  Nevada's sixth overtime game of the season came at Boise State and 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).

BURTON NEARING 2,100 POINTS:  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.  Burton's current 2,080 points has him within 20 of 2,100 for his career.   Fazekas holds the school record with 2,464 points.
    In addition to scoring, Burton who made his 129th consecutive start vs. UNLV, every game since stepping on campus is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    Burton's 611 free throws made and 816 attempted is first at Nevada.  His 512 assists is second behind Kevin Soares' (1989-92) 716.  Burton's 166 steals is fifth with Darryl Owens (1986-89) in fourth with 200.
    His 183 three-pointers made is fifth with Jerry Hogan (1990-94) fourth with 185.  In 129 games he has attempted 540 three-pointers to rank fourth. Terrance Green (1999-03) is third with 592 attempted.
    He ranks fifth in field goals made (643) with Alex Boyd (1967-70) fourth with 673.  The point guard has attempted 1,464 field goals to rank fifth behind Edgar Jones' (1975-79) 1,477.

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.

EVANS NEARING 1000 POINTS:  Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr.  has scored 978 points in his career and may need the Pack to play at least two more games to become the 25th play in school history to score 1,000 in a career.  Evans has played in 125 games in his three plus seasons.
    Evans is second on the team averaging 12.5 points per game and tops the team averaging 6.2 rebounds per game.  In MW play he averages 10.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.  The 6.2 rebounds is 16th in the MW and 14th in MW play.
    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 14 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 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 12.5 points per game.  Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has a career average of 7.8.
    In 20-of-30 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 FINISHES  THIRD: After finishing last in its first season in the Mountain West, a year ago at 3-13 and being picked to finish ninth this year the University of Nevada tied for third with UNLV at 10-8 in the final conference standings.  The Wolf Pack earned the third seed after defeating the intrastate rival Rebels twice this year.
    The Pack's 10 wins is more than triple what the Wolf Pack had in MW play all last season when the team went 3-13.

BURTON NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOR THE THIRD TIME:   Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton was named the MW Player of the Week for the third time after leading the Pack to a pair of victories the final week of the season.  It is the fourth career MW weekly accolade for Burton.

•    Averaged 24.5 points, 9.5 assists, seven rebounds and one block per game as Nevada posted a 2-0 record in the final week of regular-season play.
•    Averaged 43.5 minutes per game while shooting 47.2 percent (17-of-36) from the field, including 33.3 percent (3-of-9) from 3-point range, and converted 92.3 percent (12-of-13) of his free throws.
•    In a March 5 win at Boise State, scored 25 points, grabbed six rebounds and dished out eight assists while playing all 50 minutes of the Wolf Pack's 83-81 double overtime victory.
•    Nineteen of his 25 points came after the break, including 11 in the two overtime periods. Accounted for three points in the first overtime and eight of Nevada's 14 points in the second extra session. His first basket in the second overtime put the Pack on top to stay, 71-69.
•    In Saturday's 76-72 victory against UNLV, he registered a double-double with game-highs of 24 points and 11 assists while leading the Pack back from a 17-point second-half deficit.
•    Also contributed eight rebounds, matching a career-high in both boards and assists in 37 minutes of play.
•    Burton's basket with 3:07 to play put the Pack up 72-70 and they did not trail the rest of the game. Scored 16 of his 24 points in the second half, including six of Nevada's final 13.
    Burton's first MW Player of the Week honor came on Nov. 18 after he averaged 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 second 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.

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.
    Nevada finished MW play second in field goal percentage defense (41) and second in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.8).  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.  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 and for his efforts was named to the MW honorable mention squad.  
    His 22 points in the UNLV home game is his second best career offensive game behind the 31 he scored at Fresno State.  With 33 seconds to play in the UNLV game his offensive rebound and bucket put the Pack up 74-72 as Nevada went on to win 76-72.
    Huff averaged 4.3 points per game as a freshman and has nearly tripled his scoring average in his sophomore season scoring 12.3 points per game.  In MW play his 13.8 points per game is 18th and 5.8 rebounds is tied for 17th in the conference.
    Huff scored in double figures 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 17 of the last 23 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 third 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 12.3 points per game and is second grabbing 5.5 rebounds per game.  
    Starting all 31 games he has scored in double figures 20 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 six of the last seven games and eight times in the last 10 games.  In the UNLV game he netted 11 points and dished out five assists.
    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.
    His 3.1 assists in MW play is 10th in the conference and 3.0 overall ranks 10th in the MW.  In conference play his 35.4 minutes per game is sixth and 35.1 on the season is fifth.
    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 11.7 points to go along with 3.0 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.
    The 6-3 guard has scored in double figures in 20 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 22 games he has scored in double figures 15 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 11 games he has 24 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.
    He has struggled in the last two games combining for five points and four rebounds.
    His 72 offensive rebounds in MW play is the second most in the history of the 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 20 games in the Silver & Blue, after being cleared by the NCAA to play, West is averaging 6.9 points, 7.0 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25 minutes per contest.
    West scored in double figures the first four MW games.  In conference play he averages 7.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks in 25.4 minutes per game with a shooting percentage of 51.6.  The 2.4 blocks is tied for third in the MW and 7.2 rebounds is 12th.  He ranks third in conference play grabbing 4.0 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 24th nationally averaging 20 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 18.2  points per game to rank third in the conference.
    Another senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is second on the team scoring 12.5 points per contest.  Evans has scored in double figures in 20-of-30 games played.  All four of his career games of 20 or more points have come this season.  In conference play he averages 10.6 points per game.
    The third player averaging double figures is sophomore forward Cole Huff who scores 12.3 points per game.  Huff scored a career-high 31 points in the double overtime victory at Fresno State.  In conference play he averages 13.8 points per game which is 12th in the MW.
    Junior newcomer Michael Perez is fourth on the squad scoring 11.7 points per game.  Perez has reached double figures 20 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.
    In the UNLV home victory he scored seven points and made two free throws with 7 seconds to play to seal the victory.
    Coleman is Nevada's top scorer off the bench averaging 6.2 points and 2.0 rebounds in 17.6 minutes per game.
    Coleman has played in 26 games and missed five with an eye injury that required surgery.  He has scored 24 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.

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.

CARTER WITHIN A WIN OF FOSTER:  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 89-74 at Nevada and Johnson went 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Wolf Pack.   One more victory will catch Pat Foster (1993-99) is seventh with 90 wins.

BURTON MR. CLUTCH:  Nevada fans have come to expect senior guard Deonte Burton to come through down the stretch as he has done throughout his career.
    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 All-MW first team, USBWA District VIII team and three times garnered MW Player of the Week honors.
    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.  He earned the honor once again the final week of the regular season after averaging 24.5 points, 9.5 assists, seven rebounds and one block per game as Nevada posted a 2-0 record.
    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.

RECORD AT LAWLOR EVENTS CENTER (since 2003-04)
Year    Overall    Conference Play
2003-04    15-0    9-0
2004-05    13-4    7-2 (also 0-1 in WAC Tournament)
2005-06    17-1    7-1 (also 3-0 in WAC Tournament)
2006-07    15-1    8-0
2007-08    13-3    7-1
2008-09    13-8    5-3 (also 2-1 in WAC Tournament)
2009-10    15-2    7-1 (also 1-1 in WAC Tournament)
2010-11    9-5    5-3
2011-12    16-2    6-1
2012-13    10-7    2-6
2013-14    7-8    5-4
Totals    143-41    68-22 (72-22 with conference tournaments)

Carter inks two during early signing period:  University of Nevada head men's basketball coach David Carter announced signed Eric Cooper, Jr. and Kaileb Rodriguez to National Letters of Intent to play for the Wolf Pack during the early signing period.  Cooper is a 6-4 point guard and Rodriguez is a 6-9 forward.
    Cooper graduated from St. Anthony's High School in Long Beach, Calif. last year and is attending IMG Academy, a prep school Bradenton, Fla. this season.  He will have four years of eligibility to play for the Wolf Pack.  In one season playing for his father, Anthony, Sr., at SAHS he averaged 22.7 points, 2.2 assists and 5.5 rebounds.  Prior to his time at SAHS he won two state titles in 2010 and 2011 at Lutheran High School in LaVerne, Calif.  
    As a high school athlete he was named to the Cal High Sports All-State freshman, sophomore and junior teams.  His senior year he earned Cal High Sports All State Division IV honors. During his junior season was selected to All-CIF southern section, All-San Gabriel Valley and all-area first team.  In his senior season he was selected to the All-CIF southern section, the Santa Fe League MVP, All-Santa Fe League and All-Long Beach Press Telegram.
    Rodriguez redshirted the 2012-13 season at California and is playing this year at Sheridan College (Wyo.).  He will have three seasons to play at Nevada.  He earned all-state honors at Thunder Ridge High School in Highlands Ranch, Colo., leading the Grizzlies to a 20-6 record.  He averaged 11 points, seven rebounds, four blocks and three assists per game for a TRHS team that scored 50 points per game his senior season.  The two-time All-5A player was selected to play in The Show Colorado All-Star game his senior year.


 

 

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