Nov. 23, 2013
Nevada hosts Morehead State in second game of Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational Sunday: Nevada (3-2) hosts Morehead State (4-2) in its second game of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational. The Wolf Pack defeated Chattanooga 83-81 on Deonte Burton's buzzer beating 3-pointer on Friday while the Eagles lost 81-70 at #22/#24 UCLA.
Sunday, 3:05 p.m. PT
NEVADA WOLF PACK
Morehead State Eagles
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
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SERIES HISTORY: Sunday's meeting will be the first between the two schools.
UP NEXT: The Pack continues play in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational with two games 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.
MOREHEAD STATE EAGLES: Morehead State is 4-2 under second year head coach Sean Woods. Woods is 19-20 leading the Eagles and 69-100 overall in his sixth season as a head coach.
Four players are averaging double figures led by 6-2 senior guard Angelo Warner's 16.2 points per game. Guards Brent Arrington (13) and Bakari Turner (12.2) are scoring in double figures. Center Chad Posthumus is averaging a double-double scoring 11.7 points and grabbing 12.8 rebounds per game. Guard Kareem Storey is dishing out seven assists per game and scoring six points per outing.
The Eagles average 80 points and allow 73 points per game. They are shooting 41.2 percent from the field and 29.4 from behind the arc. They are outrebounding opponents by 8.5 per game, 41.5-33.
BURTON'S 3-POINTER AT THE BUZZER DOWNS CHATTANOOGA
RENO, Nev. (AP) - Deonte Burton poured in a game-high 28 points, including the game-winning 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift Nevada over Chattanooga 83-81 Friday night.
The Wolf Pack (3-2) shot 51.7 percent from the field, just outperforming Chattanooga's 50 percentage.
Chattanooga (2-3) led by as much as eight, but Nevada wouldn't go away, taking a 79-78 lead after a Michael Perez layup.
After a split pair of free throws from Burton, Z. Mason made a 3-pointer to give the Mocs the lead.
Mason was sent to the line after a series of turnovers, but he missed both free throws with eight seconds left.
The Wolf Pack took a timeout with 2 ticks on the clock, and Burton sank a 3-point dagger as time expired.
Burton was 9 of 14 on field goal attempts and had five assists.
Mason finished with 24 points and a game-high eight rebounds and Greg Pryor added 19.
WOLF PACK LAYUPS
Four-of-five games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-1 in those contests.
Nevada's first win of the season at Cal Poly snapped a nine-game losing skid.
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.
Senior Jerry Evans, Jr. will play in his 100th game on Sunday and should make his 81st career start.
Sophomore Cole Huff posted back-to-back career highs with 14 points at Cal Poly and 15 at San Francisco. His 12 at CSU Bakersfield is the first time he scored in double figures in three consecutive games at Nevada. Last season he reached double figures three times in 30 games. Against Chattanooga the streak was snapped as he totaled seven.
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 five games this season with four being game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at CSU Bakersfield and 28 vs. Chattanooga. The only game in which he was not the high scorer was at USF when he tied his career-high with 31 points.
Junior Michael Perez has scored in double figures in four-of-five games this season. Perez has made a three 3-pointer in each game. He had three in each of the first two games.
Four of the Pack's top five rebounders are guards; Jerry Evans, Jr. (6.0), Perez (3.6), D.J. Fenner (3.6)and Burton (3.0) with Huff (5.2) being the only frontcourt player.
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 103 games of his career.
Three times 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). In the win over Chattanooga; Burton (28), Perez (12), Evans, Jr. (11) and Coleman (10).
Head coach David Carter is 77-60 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack. Carter is two back of his mentor Trent Johnson's (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.
Nevada wore turquoise uniforms in honor of Native American Month (November) in the Chattanooga game.
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 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.
Burton's most recent and second game-winning shot of the season came versus Chattanooga on Friday 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 eight-of-10 points in the extra period.
The first game-winning shot of his career was a three-pointer with 11 seconds on the clock at home against Utah State giving the Pack a 53-52 victory last season.
BURTON IN PACK RECORD BOOK: Senior guard Deonte Burton made his 103rd career start vs. Chattanooga, every game since stepping on campus. Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
After his 28 points in the Chattanooga game he has scored 1,587 which ranks seventh in school history. He needs just 13 points to become the sixth player in school history to score 1,600 points. Next on the list is Pete Padgett (1972-76) who is 55 points ahead with 1,642 points in 104 games.
Burton's 386 assists ranks eighth, three back of Padgett for seventh who had 389. His 132 steals is eight behind Ethan O'Bryant's (1992-94) 140 for sixth.
His 146 three-points made is sixth. Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) is fifth with 170. In 103 games he has attempted 416 three-pointers to rank sixth. Fields is fifth with 448 attempted.
His 493 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 654.
CARTER CHASING MENTOR: Fifth-year head coach David Carter is 77-60 since being named the head coach at the University of Nevada. Carter's 77 wins ranks ninth in school history and is two back of his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04). Johnson posted a record of 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Pack 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, 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 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.
PACK AT LAWLOR: Nevada has won 80 percent of its home games over the past 10 plus seasons posting a 137-34 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
Totals 137-34 63-18 (69-20 with conference tournaments)