Nevada plays UCLA and Missouri at Orleans Arena in Las Vegas

Nevada will play UCLA and Missouri at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

Nov. 26, 2013

Nevada plays #19/#21 UCLA and Missouri in Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational:  Nevada (3-3) plays #19/#21 UCLA (5-0) at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and Missouri (5-0) on Friday at 5:30 p.m. in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational.  The Wolf Pack split its two home games in the invitational defeating Chattanooga 83-81 and lost to Morehead State 63-58.  The Bruins defeated the same two opponents at home; Morehead State 81-70 and Chattanooga 106-65.  Missouri posted wins over Gardner-Webb (72-63) and IUPUI (78-64).  The Bruins and Tigers are both 5-0 on the season.  The games will be shown on ESPN3.

Thursday, 4:30 p.m. PT
UCLA Bruins
Orleans Arena (9,500)
Las Vegas, Nev.

Friday, 5:30 p.m. PT
Missouri Tigers
Orleans Arena (9,500)
Las Vegas, Nev.

    Kanoa Leahey (play-by-play), Bruce Pearl (analyst)
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); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
SERIES HISTORY: UCLA leads 4-0.  Nevada and Missouri are meeting for the first time.
UP NEXT: Nevada plays its third of four consecutive games away from Reno at UC Davis on Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.

UCLA Bruins (5-0)
Series: UCLA leads 4-0
Last meeting: UCLA 67-56 (John R. Wooden Classic,
Arrowhead Pond - Anaheim, Calif.)
Coach: Steve Alford (Indiana, 1987)
    at UCLA: 5-0 (First season)
    Overall: 468-235 (23rd season)
Double figure scorers:  G-Jordan Adams, 6-5 (22.2 ppg), G-Norman Powell, 6-4 (12.6 ppg), G-Zach LaVine, 6-5 (12.2 ppg), G/F-Kyle Anderson, 6-9 (11.6 ppg)
Leading rebounders:  G/F-Kyle Anderson, 6-9 (9.8 rpg), F/C-Tony Parker, 6-9 (7.2 rpg)
Assist leader:   G/F-Kyle Anderson, 6-9 (7.8 apg)

Missouri Tigers (5-0)
Series: First meeting
Coach: Frank Haith (Elon, 1988)
    at Missouri: 58-16 (Third season)
    Overall: 187-117 (10th season)
Double figure scorers:  G-Jabari Brown, 6-5 (19.2 ppg), G-Jordan Clarkson, 6-5 (18.8 ppg), G-Earnest Ross, 6-5 (12.2 ppg)
Leading rebounders:  F-Jonathan Williams, 6-9 (9.2 rpg), G-Earnest Ross, 6-5 (5.8 rpg)
Assist leader:   G-Jordan Clarkson, 6-5 (3.6 apg)

Nevada falls to Morehead State 63-58:  RENO, Nev. (AP) - Deonte Burton paced Nevada with a game-high 19 points and was 3 of 6 beyond the arc, but Morehead State outlasted Nevada 63-58 on Sunday.
    With the score tied at 46, Morehead State (5-2) used an 8-1 run sparked by two baskets from Posthumus to give the Eagles their largest lead of the game.
    The Wolf Pack (3-3) looked to climb back as Deonte Burton hit a 3-pointer to cut the deficit to two. After a Warner layup, Burton hit another triple to make the score 58-57 with 1:04 remaining.
    Bakari Turner and Kareem Storey each hit a pair of free throws to seal the win for the Eagles.
    Jerry Evans, Jr. had 11 points and seven rebounds for the Wolf Pack.
    Angelo Warner scored 15 points and Chad Posthumus added 10 with 16 rebounds for Morehead State.


The only Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational opponent that Nevada has played before is UCLA.  The Bruins have won all four meetings.

Nevada scored a season-low 58 points in its last game losing 63-58 to Morehead State.  The 17 field goals and 34 percent shooting from the field are also season lows.  The Pack committed a season-high 16 turnovers and allowed a season-high 39 rebounds to the Eagles.

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 became the seventh player in school history to score 1,600 career points reaching the mark in the Morehead State game.  He currently has 1,606 points which ranks seventh in school history.  The four-year starter is 36 points from tying Pete Padget (1972-76) for sixth.

Burton scored 20 or more points in the first five games of the season before finishing with 19 versus Morehead State.  Five times he posted game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at CSU Bakersfield, 28 vs. Chattanooga and 19 vs. Morehead State.  The only game in which he was not the high scorer was at USF when he tied his career-high with 31 points.

Four-of-six games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-1 in those contests.  Five have been decided by five points or less other than the 74-66 loss at Bakersfield.

Nevada’s first win of the season at Cal Poly snapped a nine-game losing skid.

Senior forward Ali Fall grabbed a career-high six rebounds against Morehead State.  Fall has fouled out of three of the last four games.

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. played in his 100th game on Sunday vs. Morehead State and made his 81st career start.  Four times Evans has scored in double figures and three times led the team in rebounding.

Sophomore Cole Huff posted back-to-back career highs with 14 points at Cal Poly and 15 at San Francisco.  He followed those two games with 12 at CSU Bakersfield marking 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.

Huff is averaging 13.7 points, five rebounds and shooting 60 percent from the field in three road games but eight points, 5.7 rebounds and is shooting just 33.3 percent in three home games.

Junior Michael Perez has scored in double figures in four-of-six games this season.  Perez has made a three 3-pointer in each game.  He had three in each of the first two games.  Went 8-for-18 from behind the arc in the first three games and is 3-of-13 in the last three contests

Four of the Pack’s top five rebounders are guards; Jerry Evans, Jr. (6.2), Perez (3.5), D.J. Fenner (3.2) and Burton (3.0) with Huff (5.3) being the only frontcourt player.

Evans missed the Cal Poly game 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 104 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 77-61 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 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 eight-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 last season.  

BURTON IN THE PACK RECORD BOOK:  Senior guard Deonte Burton made his 104th career start vs. Morehead State, every game since stepping on campus.  Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    After his 19 points in the Morehead State game he has scored 1,606 which ranks seventh in school history.  He became the sixth player in school history to score 1,600 points in the MSU game.  Next on the list is Pete Padgett (1972-76) who is 36 points ahead with 1,642 points in 104 games.
    Burton’s 388 assists ranks eighth, one back of  Padgett for seventh who had 389. His 133 steals is seven behind Ethan O’Bryant’s (1992-94) 140 for sixth.
    His 149 three-points made is sixth.  Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) is fifth with 170.  In 104 games he has attempted 422 three-pointers to rank sixth. Brandon Fields (2006-10) is fifth with 448 attempted.
    In his career Burton has made 495 free throws which is second to Nick Fazekas’ (2004-07) 546.  Fazekas is also in front of him with 670 free throws attempted while Burton has attempted 657.
CARTER CHASING MENTOR:  Fifth-year head coach David Carter is 77-61 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 NOVEMBER 17 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 preseason MW first-team.
    Selected as one of the top 30 guards according to College Basketball Insider Gary Parrish of 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 137-35 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.

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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