Wolf Pack hosts Gaels Sunday

Michael Perez has scored a combined 35 points in the last two games.

Dec. 20, 2013

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Wolf Pack and Gaels Play Sunday:  In the second of three consecutive home games Nevada (4-7) hosts Iona (5-4) on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.  Nevada has lost two in a row and five-of-six.  The Gaels have lost a season-high two in a row.  The game is a return trip from the 2012 Bracketbusters game when the Pack lost 90-84 on Feb. 18, 2012 in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Sunday, 1:05 p.m. PT
Iona Gaels
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.

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    Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
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SERIES HISTORY: Iona won the only meeting 90-84 on Feb. 18, 2012 in New Rochelle, N.Y.
UP NEXT: Nevada concludes its three-game homestand and 2013 hosting Long Beach State on Dec. 28 at 7:05 p.m.

Iona Gaels (5-4)
Series: Iona leads 1-0
Last meeting: Iona won the only meeting 90-84 on Feb. 18, 2012 in New Rochelle, N.Y.
Coach: Time Cluess (Hofstra, 1983)
    at Iona: 75-38 (Fourth season)
    Overall: 173-61(Eighth season)
Double figure scorers:  G-Sean Armand, 6-5 (22.8 ppg), G-A.J. English, 6-4 (15.7 ppg), F-David Laury, 6-9 (14 ppg), G-Tre Bowman, 6-5 (12.3 ppg)
Leading rebounders:  F-David Laury, 6-9 (7.8 rpg), G-Isaiah Williams, 6-7 (4.6 rpg)
Assist leaders:   G-A.J. English, 6-4 (4.6 apg), G-Sean Armand, 6-5 (3.8 apg)


- Nevada has lost five of its last six games.

- The Wolf Pack grabbed a season-high 42 rebounds at UC Davis and the plus 18 rebound margin is a season best.  The Pack outrebounded Cal 34-23 the next game.  The plus 11 rebound margin is the second best of the season.

-Nevada is 1-3 at home.

- Nevada is 3-4 away from Reno this season, 3-2 in away games and 0-2 on neutral courts.  Last year the Pack won just two games away from Reno.  They were 2-11 in 13 true road games and 2-12 away from Lawlor Events Center.

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

- Five games this season have been decided by two points with the Pack going 3-2 in those contests.  The Pack is 1-0 in overtime after defeating UC Davis 87-81 on Dec. 7.

- 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 23.2 points per game leads the MW and ranks eighth nationally.

- Burton scored his 1,700th point in the Omaha game and his current 1,713 points ranks fifth in school history.  Alex Boyd (1967-70) is 18 points ahead of him in fourth with 1,731 points.  

- Burton has scored 20 or more points in all but two games vs. Morehead State and at UC Davis.  He had 19 points in those two games.  Six times he posted game highs; 23 vs. Pacific, 22 at Cal Poly, 24 at Bakersfield, 28 vs. Chattanooga, 19 vs. Morehead State and 26 at Cal.  

- Jerry Evans, Jr. has three career games of scoring 20 or more points in game and all three have come in the last five games.  He scored a career-high 25 points at UC Davis, had 24 vs. Omaha and 20 vs. #19 UCLA.  

- Evans is averaging 19 points, is shooting 58.9 (33-of-56) percent from the field and 57.1 (12-of-21) from behind the arc in the last five games.  In the last three games he is averaging 22.3 points, is shooting 71.9 (23-of-32) percent from the field and 69.2 (9-of-13) percent from three-point range.

-Twice Evans has led the team in scoring with 25 at UCD and 24 vs. Omaha.  He tied Burton for the honor with 20 vs. #19 UCLA.

- Burton has the led team in scoring in eight games and tied Jerry Evans, Jr. for the honor vs. #19 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.

- Evans tops the team averaging 5.7 rebounds per game and has led the Pack in rebounding a team-high five times.  He has played in 105 games and started 86.

- 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.  - Ronnie Stevens, Jr. scored 13 points and had nine rebounds at UC Davis which are both season highs.  The nine rebounds was a game high.  He will miss then next 2-4 weeks with a stress fracture.

- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA.  Coleman will miss 2-4 weeks after having eye surgery.

- Junior guard Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points at Cal.  He also scored 18 points vs. #19 UCLA.  Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season.  Seven times this season he has scored in double figures.  

- Perez led the team in rebounding for the second time with eight at Cal.  He had seven at UC Davis in the previous game.

- Senior forward Ali Fall played 15 minutes versus Omaha after missing the previous two games with and ankle injury.

- Five times this season four Nevada players scored in double figures in a game. In the Pacific game; Burton (23), Evans, Jr. (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).  At UC Davis; Evans, Jr. (25), Burton (19), Huff (13) and Stevens, Jr. (13).

- Head coach David Carter is 78-65 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack.  Carter is one win 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.

PHOTOS WITH SANTA:  Fans wishing to have their photos taken with Santa will get that opportunity at the Iona game on Sunday.  Bring your own camera and get your photo taken with Santa from the time the doors open until the start of the second half.  Cameras with detachable lenses are not allowed.

PUP CLUB MEMBERS BRING A GUEST:  All Pup Club members are invited to spend the holiday cheering on the Wolf Pack on Sunday vs. Iona at 1:05 p.m.  Your Pup Club pass will get you and one guest into the game for free.  Present your Pup Club lanyard at the Lawlor Events Center ticket office.  You are also invited to sit in the student section by the band.  Offer good day of the game only.

ESPN BRACKETBUSTERS RETURN:  Sunday's game with Iona is a return contest from the 2012 ESPN BracketBusters when Nevada lost 90-84 to the Gaels on Feb. 18, 2012 in New Rochelle, N.Y.
    Coach Carter is 0-3 in BracketBusters return games and 1-2 in BracketBusters games for an overall 1-5 record in the event.

EVANS STEPPING UP:  Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is stepping up his game in his final season.  Evans has played in 105 games during his career and made 86 starts.  Always asked to be slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 14.5 points per game to rank second on the team.  Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game which was career best.
    In nine-of-11 games Evans has scored in double figures and three times scored 20 or more points for the first time in his career.  Versus #19 UCLA in Las Vegas he scored 20 points for the first time and posted a career-high 25 at Cal.  In the Pack's last game versus Omaha he scored a team-high 24 points making 8-of-10 shots from the field which included 4-of-5 three-pointers in a season-high 38 minutes.  
    Twice he led the team in scoring at UCD and in the Omaha game.  The 20 points against UCLA tied Deonte Burton for team-high honors.
    In the last seven outings he has reached double figures six times.  He is averaging 19 points, 5.2 rebounds and shooting 58.9 (33-of-56) percent in the last five games.  From behind the arc he has made 12-of-21 attempts good for 57.1 percent.  Over the last three games his average is 22.3 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.  He is shooting 71.9 (23-of-32) percent in those three games and 69.2 (9-of-13) from behind the arc.
10 YEARS AFTER SWEET 16:  The 2013-14 season marks the 10th anniversary of the only University of Nevada men's basketball team to advance to the Sweet 16.  The 2003-04 squad captured the Western Athletic Conference tournament title and entered the NCAA Championship with a 23-8 record.  
    Playing in Seattle, the 10th seeded Wolf Pack rallied from a 16-point first half deficit to defeat the seventh-seeded Michigan State Spartans 72-66.    In the second round Nevada dominated second-seeded Gonzaga winning 91-72 to advance to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history.
    At the regional in St. Louis the Pack lost a close 72-67 game to Georgia Tech in the RCA Dome.  The Pack finished the year 25-9.
    Kirk Snyder was named WAC Player of the Year after averaging 18.8 points per game.  Nick Fazekas (12.6 ppg) and Todd Okeson (11. 2 ppg) also averaged double figures.

WEST CLEARED TO PLAY:  Junior forward AJ West has been cleared by the NCAA and will play his first game for Nevada on Sunday. The 6-9 forward averaged 10.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 5.1 blocks his sophomore year at Monroe College in New Rochelle, N.Y.
    One piece of irony is that West will play his first game for the Wolf Pack against another school from New Rochelle, N.Y.   The Iona and Monroe College campuses are located 1.3 miles from each other.

COLEMAN AND STEVENS, JR. OUT:  Bothered by eye problems throughout the season and after suffering further injury in the game at Cal, sophomore guard Marqueze Coleman will miss the next 2-4 weeks after having surgery.
    Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. missed the Omaha game and will have surgery to repair a stress fracture.  Stevens is expected to also miss from 2-4 weeks.

ITALY TOUR:  The Nevada men's basketball team took a 10-day trip to Italy in August and won all four games played.  The Wolf Pack made stops in Milan, Lake Como, Venice, Florence and Rome.  Highlights of the trip included Michelangelo's David, the Colosseum, Roman Forum and Vatican.

BURTON IN THE PACK RECORD BOOK:  Senior guard Deonte Burton made his 109th career start versus Omaha, every game since stepping on campus.  Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    After his 22 points against Omaha he has scored 1,713 points to rank fifth at Nevada.  Alex Boyd (1967-70) is 18 points ahead of Burton in fourth with 1,731 points.
    Burton's 412 assists ranks seventh, 25 back of  Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 139 steals is one behind Ethan O'Bryant's (1992-94) 140 for sixth.
    His 160 three-points made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170.  In 109 games he has attempted 455 three-pointers to rank fifth. Jerry Hogan (1990-94) is fourth with 466 attempted.
    In his career Burton has made 523 free throws which is second to Nick Fazekas' (2004-07) 546.  In the Missouri game Burton moved past Fazekas and now has attempted a school record 695 free throws.
CARTER CHASING MENTOR:  Fifth-year head coach David Carter is 78-65 since being named the head coach at the University of Nevada.  Carter's 78 wins ranks ninth in school history and is one 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 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 NAMED NOVEMBER 17 MW PLAYER OF THE WEEK:   Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton was 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.  
    He was named the Nov. 17 MW Player of the Week after averaging 26.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 steals and hit the game-winning shot at Cal Poly.  
    Competing in the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational he was selected to the all-tournament team after averaging 20 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.5 assists four games.  His 3-pointer at the buzzer at home versus Chattanooga gave the Pack the 83-81 victory.
    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.



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