Nov. 20, 2013
Nevada begins play in Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational: Nevada (2-2) hosts Chattanooga (2-2) on Friday in the first of four games in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The Wolf Pack went 2-1 on a three-game road trip into California and enter Friday's game 2-2. The Mocs are also 2-2 on the season. It will be the first meeting between Nevada and Chattanooga.
Friday, 7:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
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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; KHWG 750 AM Fallon, KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 6:30 p.m. PT
LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html
SERIES HISTORY: Friday's meeting will be the first between the two schools.
UP NEXT: The Pack hosts Morehead State on Sunday at 3:05 p.m. in the second game of four games as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The final two games of the invitational will be played Nov. 28-29 at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas. The Pack plays UCLA on Thanksgiving Day and Missouri the next day. Both of the games in Las Vegas will air on ESPN3.
Chattanooga Mocs: Chattanooga is off to a 2-2 start under first-year head coach Will Wade. Wade is the third-youngest coach in NCAA I and the 18th coach in the history of Chattanooga basketball.
Four of the Mocs starters are averaging double figures led by 6-4 sophomore guard Gee McGhee who is averaging 17.5 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. Z. Mason a 6-6 forward averages 13 points and a team-high 8.3 rebounds per game.
Greg Pryor (6-1) and Casey Jones (6-5) score 11.5 and 11.3 points per game respectively.
Chattanooga is averaging 93.5 points per game and scored 119 in a victory over Covenant. The Mocs are shooting 49.3 percent from the field, 32.9 percent from behind the arc and 69.5 percent at the line. Opponents are shooting 41.5 percent and 34 from 3-point range.
They are outrebounding opponents by 11.8 per game, 44.5-32.8.
NEVADA FALLS AT BAKERSFIELD 74-66
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- Deonte Burton scored a game-high 24 points, but the Wolf Pack fell to Cal State Bakersfield, 74-66.
The Runners (3-1) led 38-30 at half and allowed a 6-0 run by the Wolf Pack to cut the lead to 38-36. Bakersfield answered with a 17-6 run to take their largest lead of the game at 55-42 with 11:51 left. The Runners would lead by 13 again with 7:21 to go in the game.
The Wolf Pack (2-2) entered the game with two straight road victories in which they rallied from double-digit deficits, but were unable to get closer than 72-66 with a minute to play.
Abdul Ahmed finished with 14 points, Tyrell Corbin had 13 and Erik Kenney had 11 for Bakersfield.
Deonte Burton scored 24 points for Nevada, but committed five turnovers. Cole Huff added 12 points for the Wolf Pack.
FRIDAY N7 NIGHT: Friday's game with Chattanooga is N7 Night for the men's basketball team and the Wolf Pack will wear a turquoise uniform. Over the past several years, the Nevada Athletics Department, in conjunction with Nike, has hosted N7 games at Wolf Pack events to honor Native Americans Heritage Month (November).
Established in 2000, N7 is inspired by the Native American ecological concept of Seven Generations. This season marks the first time the men's basketball teams will wear a specific uniform on N7 night. Turquoise is one of the colors used to promote N7 and was chosen as the uniform color for this season's games.
Other Nevada sports programs will also commemorate Native American Heritage Month by participating in the N7 program.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Nevada's win at Cal Poly snapped a nine-game losing skid.
The first three games of the season were all two-point contests in which the Pack went 2-1.
The Pack is 2-1 on the road this season and went 2-11 in 13 true road games last season and 2-12 away from Reno.
Sophomore Cole Huff posted back-to-back career highs with 14 at Cal Poly and then 15 at San Francisco. His 12 at CSU Bakersfield is the first time he scored in double figues in three consecutive games at Nevada. Last season he reached double figures three times in 30 games.
Deonte Burton tied his career-high with 31 points at USF. Burton's 20 field attempted was a career best while the 11 made field goals and four 3-pointers made tied his career highs.
Burton has scored 20 or more points in all four games this season with three being game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly and 24 at CSU Bakersfield.
Junior Michael Perez scored in double figures in the first three games of the season with 11 in the Pacific game, 13 at CP and 15 at USF before totaling nine at CSU Bakersfield.
At CP 19 of Nevada's 30 rebounds were grabbed by guards. In the USF game 23-of-39 rebounds were hauled in by backcourt players. Four of the Pack's top five rebounds are guards; Jerry Evans, Jr. (6.0), Perez (4.0), D.J. Fenner (3.5)and Burton (3.3) with Huff (4.8) being the only frontcourt player.
Perez has made a three 3-pointer in each game. He had three in each of the first two games, two at USF and one at CSUB.
Evans missed the Cal Poly with a knee injury but returned to score 11 points in 22 minutes off the bench at USF. He returned to the starting lineup at CSUB.
Burton has started all 102 games of his career.
Twice this season four Nevada players scored in double figures in a game. In the Pacific game; Burton (23), Evans (13), Marqueze Coleman (12) and Perez (11). At USF Burton (31), Huff (15), Perez (15) and Evans, Jr. (11).
Burton was named the MW preseason media team for the second year in a row.
Burton earned an invitation to tryout for Team USA last summer.
Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.
BURTON IN PACK RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Deonte Burton made his 102nd career start at CSU Bakersfield, every game since stepping on campus. Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
After his 24 points at CSU Bakersfield he has scored 1,559 to ranks seventh in school history. Next on the list is Pete Padgett (1972-76) who is 83 points ahead with 1,642 points in 104 games.
Burton's 381 assists ranks eighth, eight back of Padgett for seventh who had 389. His 132 steals is eight behind Ethan O'Bryant's (1992-94) 140 for sixth.
His 144 three-points made is tied with Brandon Fields (2006-10) for sixth. Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) is fifth with 170. In 102 games he has attempted 413 three-pointers to rank sixth. Fields is fifth with 448 attempted.
His 485 free throws made is second to Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) 546. Fazekas is also in front of him with 670 free throws attempted while Burton has attempted 641.
CARTER CHASING MENTOR: Fifth-year head coach David Carter is 76-60 since being named the head coach at the University of Nevada. Carter's 76 wins ranks ninth in school history and is three back of his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04). Johnson posted a record of 79-74 in his five seasons at Nevada and brought Carter to Nevada as an assistant.
BURTON NAMED MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton has been named Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games played through Sunday, November 17. It is the second career MW weekly accolade for Burton.
• Averaged 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.5 steals as Nevada won a pair of road games last week, defeating Cal Poly (60-58) on Tuesday and San Francisco (92-90) on Friday.
• Shot a collective 51.3 percent (20-of-39) from the field, including 41.7 percent (5-for-12) from behind the arc.
• Against Cal Poly, he scored a game-high 22 points with five rebounds, one blocked shot and four steals in 39 minutes of action.
• With the Wolf Pack down 58-57, Burton drove the lane, and was fouled while scoring the basket with 6.6 seconds left to play. He converted the free throw, putting Nevada up 60-58. As the Mustangs brought the ball up the court to attempt one final shot, Burton stole the ball to preserve the Wolf Pack's victory.
• At San Francisco, he led the team with a career-tying 31 points, adding six rebounds, one blocked shot, two assists and a steal in 37 minutes of play. He converted 11-of-20 shots from the field, including 4-of-8 from 3-point range. Of his 31 points, 23 came in the second half.
• Twice he led Nevada back from double-digit deficits against the Dons, once in each half. Burton's 11 made field goals and four made 3-pointers tied career-highs, while his 20 field goal attempts established a new career-best.
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, 60-59. 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 already this season. Burton was named to the Mountain West preseason team for the second year in a row. He was selected to the CollegeSportsMadness.com preseason MW first-team.
Selected as one of the top 30 guards according to College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com and he ranked him 71st in his top 100 players.
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.