Nov. 19, 2012
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Nevada junior guard Deonte Burton and New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell have been named Mountain West Men's Basketball Co-Players of the Week for games through November 18. This is the first MW career weekly accolade for both Burton and Snell.
Burton guided Nevada to a 3-0 record and the championship of the World Vision Classic last week. On Friday, the Los Angeles, Calif., product scored 12 of his team-high 19 points in the second half, including the final five of the game, to lead the Wolf Pack in an 80-77 comeback victory over Cal State Fullerton. With Nevada trailing, 77-75, and 33 seconds left to play, Burton converted a layup and three free throws while also blocking a potential go-ahead basket to seal the win. He also tallied a game-high 19 points against Green Bay on Saturday, capped off by another game-winning basket. After the Phoenix went up, 69-68, with 11 seconds left to play, Burton took the inbounds pass and hit a deep 3-pointer with two seconds on the clock for the 71-69 victory. Burton closed out the week with 14 points in a 79-61 triumph over Southern Utah. His 3-pointer and two free throws during a two-possession span midway through the second half brought the Wolf Pack back from a three-point deficit (49-46) and gave them a lead they would not relinquish. For the week, Burton averaged 17.3 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.5 steals, 3.0 assists and 2.0 blocks per game.