Nevada hosts Long Beach State in final nonconference game Saturday

Jerry Evans, Jr. is averaging 18.8 points per game in the last six contests.

Dec. 26, 2013

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Nevada hosts Long Beach State in final nonconference game:  Nevada (5-7) hosts Long Beach State (3-9) in its final nonconference game of the season on Saturday at 7:05 p.m.  The Wolf Pack snapped a two-game skid defeating Iona 80-72 in its last game.  After dropping nine in a row LBSU has won its last two.  The 49ers strength of schedule ranks in the top 10 nationally.

Saturday, 7:05 p.m. PT
Long Beach State 49ers
Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.

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; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and
KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington)
    Ryan Radtke (play-by-play); Len Stevens (analyst); pregame 30 minutes prior to tip-off
SERIES HISTORY: Long Beach State leads the series 11-6.  The last meeting was played in Reno and the 49ers won 76-66 on Feb. 19, 2000 when the Wolf Pack competed in the Big West.  LBSU also won the 1998-99 matchup 68-58.  The Pack won the previous four games, twice in the 1995-96 season and once each of the prior two years.  The 49ers have won the last two meetings
UP NEXT: Nevada opens Mountain West play at San Jose State on Jan. 1 at 7 p.m.

Long Beach State 49ers (3-9)
Series: LBSU leads 11-6
Last meeting: The 49ers won 76-66 on Feb. 19, 2000 when the Wolf Pack competed in the Big West.
Coach: Dan Monson (Idaho, 1985)
    at LBSU: 107-100 (Fifth season)
    Overall: 277-223 (17th season)
Double figure scorers:  G-Tyler Lamb, 6-5 (24.5 ppg), G-Mike Caffey, 6-0 (16.8 ppg), F-Dan Jennings, 6-9 (11.8 ppg)
Leading rebounders:  F-Dan Jennings, 6-9 (8.3 rpg), F-David Samuels, 6-7 (5.7 rpg)
Assist leaders:   G-Mike Caffey, 6-0 (4.2 apg), G-Branford Jones, 6-1 (2.5 apg)


- Nevada's 80-72 victory over Iona snapped a two-game losing skid.  The Pack improved to 2-3 at home.

- 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 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 38.3 minutes per games tops NCAA I.  In the last four games Burton has played all 40 minutes three times and 44 in the overtime game at UC Davis, also played 40 minutes at Bakersfield.  
- Burton's 22.8 points per game leads the MW and ranks 10th nationally.

- Burton scored his 1,700th point in the Omaha game and his current 1,733 points ranks fourth in school history.  Edgar Jones (1975-79) is third with 1,877 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 six games.  He scored a career-high 25 points at UC Davis, had 24 vs. Omaha and 20 vs. #19 UCLA.  

- Evans is averaging 18.8 points, is shooting 59.1 (39-of-66) percent from the field and 53.6 (15-of-28) from behind the arc in the last six games.  In the last four games he is averaging 21.3 points, is shooting 69 (29-of-42) percent from the field and 60 (12-of-20) 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 nine 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 106 games and started 87.

- Sophomore Cole Huff posted his first career double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game.  The 10 rebounds is a career best.

- 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.

- 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 has not played in the last two games and is expected to miss 2-4 weeks after having surgery to repair a stress fracture.

- Sophomore Marqueze Coleman scored a career-high 15 points vs. Missouri and had 11 the night before against #19 UCLA.  Coleman has not played in the last two games and is slated to miss 2-4 week 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.  Eight times this season he has scored in double figures, including the last three games.  

- 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 vs. Omaha and 18 against Iona after missing the previous two games with an ankle injury.

- Junior AJ West scored four points, grabbed five rebounds and had a block in 17 minutes in his debut against Iona after being cleared by the NCAA to play.

- Six 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).  Against Iona; Burton (20), Evans, Jr. (18), Perez (14) and Huff (13)

- Head coach David Carter is 79-65 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack.  Carter is tied with 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.

EVANS STEPPING UP:  Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. is stepping up his game in his final season.  Evans has played in 106 games during his career and made 87 starts.  Always asked to be slow down the opponents top scorer or rebound, he has increased his offensive game this season averaging 14.8 points per game to rank second on the team.  Last season he averaged 7.5 points per game and has career average of 7.2.
    In 10-of-12 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 UC Davis.  In the Pack's 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 eight outings he has reached double figures seven times.  He is averaging 18.8 points, 5.3 rebounds and is shooting 59.1 (39-of-66) percent in the last six games.  From behind the arc he has made 15-of-28 attempts, good for 53.6 percent.  Over the last four games his average is 21.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.  He is shooting 69 (29-of-42) percent in those three games and 60 (12-of-20) percent from behind the arc.
HUFF POSTS FIRST CAREER DOUBLE-DOUBLE:  Sophomore forward Cole Huff recorded his first career double-double and first of the season for a Pack player with 13 points and 10 rebounds in the Iona game.  The 10 rebounds is also a career high.
    Huff made 5-of-10 shots from the field including 2-or-4 from behind the arc.  He grabbed two offensive rebounds and eight defensive boards.

WEST MAKES DEBUT:  After being cleared by the NCAA to play, junior forward AJ West made his Wolf Pack debut against Iona.  West scored four points, grabbed five and blocked a shot in 17 minutes versus the Gaels.
    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's first game for the Pack came 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 2-4 weeks after having surgery.
    Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. missed the Omaha game and had surgery to repair a stress fracture.  Stevens is expected to also miss from 2-4 weeks.

BURTON MOVES INTO FOURTH:  Senior guard Deonte Burton made his 110th career start versus Iona, every game since stepping on campus.  Burton is assaulting the Wolf Pack record book in several categories.
    After his 20 points against Iona he has scored 1,733 points which moved him into fourth on the Pack's career scoring list.  Burton passed Alex Boyd (1967-70) and is now chasing Edgar Jones' (1975-79) 1,877 for third.  
    Burton's 418 assists ranks seventh, 19 back of  Darryl Owens (1986-89) for sixth who has 437. His 143 steals is 12 behind Curtis High's (1983-85) 155 for fifth.
    His 161 three-points made is sixth with Jimmy Carroll (1996-98) fifth with 170.  In 110 games he has attempted 460 three-pointers to rank fifth. Jerry Hogan (1990-94) is fourth with 466 attempted.
    In his career Burton has made 524 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 696 free throws.
CARTER CATCHES JOHNSON:  The victory over Iona gave fifth-year head coach David Carter his 79th career win at Nevada which tied his mentor Trent Johnson (1999-04) for eighth most in school history.
    Carter is 79-65 at Nevada and Johnson went 79-74 in his five seasons leading the Wolf Pack.   Johnson brought Carter to Nevada as an assistant coach.  Pat Foster (1993-99) is seventh with 90 wins.  
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.

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.

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 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.



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