Nevada continues four-game road swing at UC Davis Saturday

Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri.

Dec. 5, 2013

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Nevada continues four-game road swing at UC Davis Saturday:  Nevada (3-5) continues its four game road swing at UC Davis (3-6) on Saturday evening at 7 p.m.  The Wolf Pack has lost a season-high three in a row while the Aggies have lost a season-high four in a row.

Saturday, 7:00 p.m. PT
UC Davis Aggies
The Pavilion (5,670)
Davis, Calif.

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: Nevada leads 77-24.   The Pack has won the last 12 meetings.  A year ago Deonte Burton's last second shot gave Nevada a 84-83 home victory.
UP NEXT: Nevada plays its final game of four in a row away from Lawlor Events Center at Cal on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m.  The game will air on the Pac-12 Networks.

UC Davis  Aggies (3-6)
Series: Nevada leads 77-24
Last meeting: Nevada 84-83 in Reno (Nov. 28, 2012)
Coach: Jim Les (Bradley, 1986)
    at UCD: 22-49 (Third season)
    Overall: 176-191 (12th season)
Double figure scorers:  G/F-Josh Richart, 6-9 (17.3 ppg), G-Corey Hawkins, 6-3 (15.5 ppg), G-Ryan Sypkens, 6-4 (10.3 ppg)
Leading rebounders:  G/F-Josh Richart, 6-9 (6.6 rpg), G-Corey Hawkins, 6-3 (5.5 rpg)
Assist leader:   G/F-Darius Graham, 5-10 (4.4 apg)


Nevada has lost a season-high three in a row.

Nevada was picked to finish ninth in the 11-team Mountain West.

Four games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-1 in those contests.  

Nevada is 2-3 away from Reno this season, 2-1 in away games and 0-2 on neutral courts.  Last year the Pack went 2-11 in 13 true road games and 2-12 away from Reno.

Nevada scored a season-low 58 points in a 63-58 loss to Morehead State.  The 17 field goals and 34 percent shooting from the field are also season lows.  

Deonte Burton was named to the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational all-tournament squad after averaging 21.8 points, three rebounds and three assists in the four games.  

Burton's 23.4 points per game leads the MW and ranks 11th nationally.

Burton is tied with Terrance Green (1999-03) for fifth with 1,464 career points at Nevada.  Alex Boyd (1967-70) is fourth with 1,731 points.
Burton has started all 106 games of his career.

Burton has score 20 or more points in every game this season other then vs. Morehead State when he totaled 19.  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.  

Burton has the led team in scoring in seven games and tied Jerry Evans, Jr. for the honor vs. UCLA as both scored 20 points.

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.

Senior Jerry Evans, Jr. scored a career-high 20 points vs. #19 UCLA reaching the 20-point mark for the first time.  Evans tops the team averaging 6.3 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high five times.

Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA.

Junior guard Michael Perez had a season-high 18 points versus #19 UCLA.  Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season.  Five times this season he has scored in double figures.

Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. made his first start vs. Missouri and scored eight points.  Steven also had eight points vs. #19 UCLA the night before which is his season high.

Senior forward Ali Fall grabbed a career-high six rebounds against Morehead State.  Fall has fouled out three times this season.

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 CSU Bakersfield.

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 failed to score for the first time this season in the UCLA game.

Four of the Pack's top five rebounders are guards; Jerry Evans, Jr. (6.3), Perez (3.5), D.J. Fenner (3.1) and Coleman (2.9) with Huff (4.3) being the only frontcourt player.

Four times this season four Nevada players scored in double figures in a game. In the Pacific game; Burton (23), Evans (13), 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).  In Las Vegas versus #19 UCLA; Burton (20), Evans, Jr. (20), Perez (18) and Coleman (11).

Head coach David Carter is 77-63 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.

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.

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.

BURTON IN THE PACK RECORD BOOK:  Senior guard Deonte Burton made his 106th career start vs. Missouri, every game since stepping on campus.  Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    After his 20 points versus Missouri he has scored 1,646 which is tied for fifth at Nevada with Terrance Green (1999-03).  Alex Boyd (1967-70) is 85 points ahead of Burton in fourth with 1,731 points.
    Burton's 393 assists ranks seventh, 44 back of  Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 134 steals is six behind Ethan O'Bryant's (1992-94) 140 for sixth.
    His 155 three-points made is sixth.  Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) is fifth with 170.  In 106 games he has attempted 436 three-pointers to rank sixth. Brandon Fields (2006-10) is fifth with 448 attempted.
    In his career Burton has made 507 free throws which is second to Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) 546.  In the Missouri game Burton moved past Fazekas with 671 free throws attempted, one more than Fazekas.
CARTER CHASING MENTOR:  Fifth-year head coach David Carter is 77-63 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.

b 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.



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