Utah State topples Pack, 83 – 75

  • Wolf Pack logoNevada is 12-11 overall and 7-3 in the Mountain West falling 83-75 at Utah State (13-9, 3-7 MW) Wednesday night.
  • Nevada plays at #5 San Diego State (20-1, 9-0 MW) on Saturday at 7 p.m.  The Aztecs won 67-65 at Boise State last night.  Saturday’s game will air on ESPN3.
  • Senior guard Deonte Burton scored a game-high 23 points and moved past Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) into second on Nevada’s career scoring list.  Burton has 1,944 career points and Kemp totaled 1,935 during his career.
  • Burton led the Pack in scoring for the 17th time, scored over 20 points for the 13th time and posted a game-high for the 12th time this season.
  • Sophomore Cole Huff finished with 21 points marking just his second game of 20 or more points in his career.  The other game was a career-high 31 earlier this season at Fresno State.
  • Junior Michael Perez scored in double figures for the 14th time and snapped a two-game stretch of not reaching double figures.
  • Senior guard Jerry Evans, Jr. had his five-game streak of scoring in double figures snapped as he finished with seven points.  It’s the second time this season he scored double figures in five consecutive games which is the longest streak of his career.
  • Junior forward Ronnie Stevens, Jr. made his first appearances after missing 12 games with a stress fracture that required surgery.  Stevens played 14 minutes and had three rebounds.
  • Junior forward AJ West has four blocks in each of the last three games.  West has five games this season with four or more blocks.  He has a block in 11 of the 12 games in which he has played.
  • Head coach David Carter is 86-69 in his fifth season at Nevada.

 

Nevada announces 2014 Signing Class

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – Second-year coach Brian Polian announced the first full signing class of his tenure at Nevada on Wednesday as 27 players from nine different states have signed to play football for the Wolf Pack.

“We are very excited to welcome this 2014 recruiting class into the Wolf Pack football family,” Polian said. “While last year’s class was our first group as a staff, this group is our first where we had an entire year to go through the evaluation process and then the recruitment of each of these individuals. We had the luxury of evaluating nearly every player in the spring of their junior year, we had many of these guys in camps, and we certainly spent a great deal of time with each of them during the contact periods. We know a great deal about this class and we are thrilled with the quality of people, students, and players that we are adding to our team.”

The class features 12 players on offensive, 14 players on defense and one athlete with 14 players in the trenches as offensive linemen, defensive linemen or tight ends. Three of the 27 comes from the junior college ranks as two-year transfers and the other 24 all have four years of eligibility.

“We feel like we have been able to address our needs, both on offense and defense, as well as specific positions,” Polian said. “We also feel like we have improved the overall athleticism of the team. Lastly, we have some members of this class that come from places outside of our normal recruiting territories.  To me, this illustrates the power of the University of Nevada and the people that represent it.

“I want to thank our coaching staff for their tremendous effort and sacrifice throughout this process and I want to recognize our support staff for wonderful job that they do in making it all run smoothly.  We also owe a debt of gratitude to all of the faculty and staff across our campus community who help us attract top-notch student-athletes.  On behalf of our staff, we cannot thank them enough for their generosity,” Polian said

The class was announced via social media beginning shortly after 5 a.m. with each of the recruits announced one-by-one on Twitter (@BrianPolian, @NevadaWolfPack and @NevadaFootball). Video highlights of each signee along with comments from Polian are already available at NevadaWolfPack.com’s National Signing Day page.

Pack downs Air Force; matches up with Utah State Wednesday

Wolf Pack logoGame Notes:

  • Nevada is 12-10 overall and 7-2 in the Mountain West after defeating Air Force (9-11, 3-6 MW) in overtime 69-56 today.
  • Nevada plays at Utah State (12-9, 2-7 MW) on Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT.  The game will air on ROOT Sports and the MWN.  The Aggies lost 74-57 at Wyoming today.  The Pack won the earlier meeting in Reno 62-54 on Jan. 11.
  • The Wolf Pack is two games over .500 for the first time this season.
  • The 13 point victory is the largest of the season for the Pack and third double digit victory of the year.
  • The Wolf Pack is in third place in the MW standings with the 7-2 mark.  Last season Nevada went 3-13 and finished last in its first year in the conference.
  • Nevada played its third overtime game in the last four games which includes a 96-86 double overtime at Fresno State.  The Pack is 2-1 in those three overtime games.  One the season the Wolf Pack is 3-2 in overtime.
  • The Pack led 31-18 at halftime.  The 13-point lead is the largest halftime advantage of the season for Nevada.
  • Jerry Evans, Jr. (17), Cole Huff (13), Deonte Burton (10) and AJ West (10) all scored in double figures.  It’s the 10th time the Pack had four players score in double figures in the same game and Nevada is 7-3 in those contests.
  • Evans led the Pack in scoring for the sixth time this season with his 17 points.  He has scored in double figures in the last five games which ties his career long streak.  Earlier this season he scored in double figures in five consecutive games.  On the season he has reached double figures 15 times.
  • Evans posted his second career double-double as he grabbed 10 rebounds.
  • West posted his second double-double of the season with 10 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.  He had a game-high four blocks.
  • West dominated overtime scoring seven points, grabbed five rebounds and blocked two shots.  He made both field goals and 3-of-5 free throws.
  • Making his 120th consecutive start Burton scored in double figures for the 21st time this season.
  • Nevada’s bench outscored AF 11-0.  On Wednesday in the Colorado State the Pack bench outscored the Rams 13-5.  At Wyoming a week ago Nevada was held scoreless for the first time this season being outscored by the Cowboys 7-0.
  • Sophomore Marqueze Coleman’s nine points is his high in the last nine games and since returning after missing five games with an eye injury that required surgery.

 

Head coach David Carter is 86-68 in his fifth season at Nevada.

Nevada returns home to host Colorado State tonight

Wolf Pack logoAfter road trip Nevada at home for two:  Nevada (10-10, 5-2 MW) returns home for two Mountain West games after splitting two conference road games last week.  At 5-2 in the MW the Wolf Pack sits in third place.   The Pack hosts Colorado State (12-8, 3-4 MW) on Wednesday at 7:05 p.m.  The Rams lost 68-66 at home to New Mexico on Saturday.  CSU is 3-2 in their last five games.

Wednesday, 7:05 p.m. PT

NEVADA WOLF PACK (10-10, 5-2 MW)

vs.

Colorado State Rams (12-8, 3-4 MW)

Lawlor Events Center (11,536), Reno, Nev.

 

TELEVISION: none

INTERNET BROADCAST: http://www.NevadaWolfPack.tv

FREE AUDIO: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/audio

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

LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html

SERIES HISTORY: The series between the Wolf Pack and Rams is tied at six.  CSU won both meetings last season and five of the last seven games.

UP NEXT: Nevada hosts Air Force on Feb. 1 at 3:05 p.m.

 

PACK COACHES WEARING SNEAKERS WEDNESDAY:  Nevada head coach David Carter and his staff will be wearing sneakers Wednesday night during the Colorado State game in support of cancer awareness and to inspire hope.  Their efforts, along with Coaches vs. Cancer supporters nationwide, will help the American Cancer Society provide hope, support and answers to the nearly 14 million cancer survivors celebrating another birthday this year.

To support Coach Carter’s fight against cancer text the word VICTORY to 20222 for a $10 donation.

In our lifetime, cancer will strike one of every two American men’ and one of every three women – we salute our coaches for teaming up with Coaches vs. cancer to fight this disease and helping create a world with less cancer and more birthdays!  At the gamer the American Cancer Society will be selling shirts for Nspire shirts for $10 to help raise money then awareness.

This game will also bring awareness for the Relay for Light that will be held on April 18th.  This is the 11 year it will be held on the University of Nevada Campus.  You may sign up for the event at the game.

 

Nevada perserveres in double overtime duel with Fresno State, 96-86

Wolf Pack logoGame notes follow:

  • Nevada is 10-9 overall and 5-1 in the Mountain West after defeating Fresno State (8-12, 1-6 MW) 96-86 in double overtime tonight on the road.
  • The Wolf Pack’s next game is at Wyoming (12-6, 3-2 MW) on Saturday at 1 p.m. PT.
  • It is the third overtime game in the last four meetings between the two schools.  The Wolf Pack is 2-1 in the overtime games.  The Pack won 79-76 in three overtimes in 2012 at Fresno to clinch 2012 WAC title.
  • Nevada is 2-1 in overtime this season and 6-2 on the road.  The Pack is 3-0 in MW road games. Last season the Pack went 2-12 away from Reno and 1-7 on the road in the MW.
  • The Wolf Pack is 5-1 in the MW and last season finished 3-13.
  • Nevada has won five of its last season games.
  • Deonte Burton’s 32 points is a career high.  His previous high was 31 which he scored twice.  Tonight’s 14 field goals is a career best and 20 attempted tied his career high.  He played a career-high 49 minutes.
  • Cole Huff surpassed his previous career high of 16 points finishing with 31 tonight.  Huff’s 11 field goals made, 19 attempted, six 3-pointers made, 10 3-pointers attempted, and 47 minutes played are all career highs.  The six 3-pointers made is the high by a Pack player this season.
  • AJ West’s eight blocks and 13 rebounds were career highs.  The 13 rebounds is the high by a Nevada player this season.
  • The 12 blocks for the Pack is a season best.
  • Burton is now fourth at Nevada with 448 career assists.
  • Head coach David Carter is 84-67 in his fifth season at Nevada.

Nevada’s Burton earns Mountain West Player of the Week honors

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Wolf Pack logoCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Nevada senior guard Deonte Burton has been named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played through Sunday, Jan. 12. It is the third career MW weekly accolade for Burton.

MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK

DEONTE BURTON, NEVADA

Burton_DeonteSenior, Guard, Los Angeles, Calif. / Compton HS

·         Averaged 21.5 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game while leading Nevada to a 2-0 record in Conference play last week.

·         For the week, shot 58.6 percent (17-of-29) from the field, including 3-of-7 (.429) from three-point range, while committing just two turnovers to finish with a 4.0 assist-to-turnover ratio.

·         In a Jan. 8 road win at in-state rival UNLV, he scored a game-high 29 points as the Pack won 74-71 to snap an eight-game losing skid to the Runnin’ Rebels.

·         With Nevada trailing by 11 (34-23) with 3:16 to play in the first half, Burton scored seven points during an 11-2 run to pull the Wolf Pack to within two at the break.

·         Added five rebounds, three assists, one steal and one block while converting a career-high 12 field goals on 20 attempts, including 2-of-4 three-pointers.

·         In Saturday’s home victory over Utah State he scored 14 points, grabbed three rebounds, dished out five assists and had five steals in the 62-54 triumph.

·         Connected on 5-of-9 shots from the field with one three-pointer against the Aggies.

 

2013-14 MW Men’s Basketball Players of the Week

Nov. 11       Marvelle Harris, So., G, Fresno State

Nov. 18       Deonte Burton, Sr., G, Nevada

Nov. 25       Alex Kirk, Jr., C, New Mexico

Dec. 2        Xavier Thames, Sr., G, San Diego State

Dec. 9        Cameron Bairstow, Sr., F, New Mexico

Jalen James, Fr., G, San José State

Dec. 16      Larry Nance Jr., Jr., F, Wyoming

Dec. 23      Roscoe Smith, Jr., F, UNLV

Dec. 30      Daniel Bejarano, Jr., G, Colorado State

Jan. 6         Xavier Thames, Sr., G, San Diego State

Jan. 13       Deonte Burton, Sr., G, Nevada

 

Nevada unbeaten in Mountain West conference, hosts Boise State Tuesday

Wolf Pack logoBoise State at Nevada Tuesday Night:  Winners of four in a row Nevada (9-8, 4-0 MW) hosts Boise State (11-5, 1-2 MW) in a Mountain West matchup on Tuesday night at 7:05 p.m.   The Broncos have lost of three of four games.  The game will air on the Mountain West Network.

Tuesday, 7:05 p.m. PT

NEVADA WOLF PACK (9-8, 4-0 MW)

vs.

Boise State Broncos (11-5, 1-2 MW)

Lawlor Events Center (11,536), Reno, Nev.

TELEVISION: Mountain West Network / Campus Insider

Josh Suchon (play-by-play); Dave Bollwinkel (analyst)

FREE VIDEO STREAM: http://www.NevadaWolfPack.tv

FREE AUDIO: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/audio

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

LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html

SERIES HISTORY: Nevada leads the series 39-22.  Both teams won at home last season and have split the last four outings.  The Wolf Pack holds a 6-4 advantage in the last 10 meetings.   The Pack has won 19 of the last 25 meetings.

UP NEXT: After a seven day break Nevada plays at Fresno State on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

Nevada earns road win against Utah State, 76-72

Wolf Pack logoLOGAN, Utah – Terilyn Moe scored a team-high 16 points and stole the ball in the waning seconds to lead Nevada Women’s Basketball to a 76-72 road win over Utah State on Saturday.

Moe led three Wolf Pack players in double figures as Nevada improved to 7-8 overall and evened it’s Mountain West record at 2-2 on the year. Through four league games, Nevada has already equaled last year’s conference win total. Utah State fell to 8-6 overall and 2-1 in the MW.

Nevada snapped a two-game skid overall and ended a five-game losing streak to Utah State.

Nevada led at halftime and throughout the second half with it’s biggest lead coming at 50-40 with just over 12 minutes to play. But the Aggies chipped away, cutting it to 74-72 with under 50 seconds to play. But the Aggies wouldn’t score again and Arielle Wideman nailed a couple free throws down the stretch to get the win.

Aja Johnson (13) and Danika Sharp (11) joined Moe in double figures while Mimi Mungedi ripped down a career-high 16 rebounds in the victory. Mungedi had nine rebounds at halftime. Her 16 boards eclipsed previous career high of 11 set earlier this season in a loss at Utah.

Utah State’s Jennifer Schlott led all scorers with 22 points.

In the first half, Nevada led by seven early as Julia Shelbourn buried a couple of free throws with 12:47 left to push Nevada’s lead to 16-9. But Utah State ramped up defensive pressure and outscored Nevada 21-9 over the next eight minutes to take a 30-25 lead.

But the Pack capitalized on Aggie foul trouble down the stretch in the first half, scoring it’s last eight points of the half from the free throw line to go into the break.

Nevada will return to action on Wednesday as it concludes the two-game road swing at Boise State.

Polian hires Blackshear for Pack coaching staff

Wolf Pack logoRENO, Nev. – Second-year Nevada head coach Brian Polian announced his hiring today of Cheston Blackshear to coach the Wolf Pack’s tight ends.

A former standout offensive lineman at Florida, where he helped the Gators to a National Championship, Blackshear comes to Nevada from Georgetown after three seasons coaching in the Mountain West while at New Mexico.

“We are very excited to welcome Cheston Blackshear into our family to assume the role of tight ends coach,” Polian said. “Cheston has an impressive background as a tight ends coach, as well as valuable experience working with the offensive line. His time working at New Mexico gives him insight into our league and he brings with him an outstanding reputation as a recruiter. His experience as a decorated player in the SEC for the University of Florida will also serve as a valuable asset in terms of relating to our players.  As we progressed through our search and interview process, it was clear that Cheston was the perfect fit for us and we are thrilled to have him in the Pack.”

A four-year letterwinner at Florida (1996-99), Blackshear signed with the NFL’s Carolina Panthers in 2000 after graduation. He later played in the XFL with Orlando in 2000-01 and helped lead the way for the Rage to lead the league in rushing.

While at Florida, Blackshear recorded 28 career starts and played in four bowl games, including the Sugar Bowl following the 1996 season, where Florida won the National Championship. He started at guard in the 1997 Citrus Bowl, the 1998 Orange Bowl and the 1999 Citrus Bowl. He earned second-team All-SEC honors as a senior and earned the Fergie Ferguson Award as the senior with the most leadership, character and courage.

“I’m very honored to join Coach Polian’s staff and excited about this opportunity to be a part of the Wolf Pack family,” Blackshear said. “I am looking forward to working with the great young men assembled there as we push towards winning a Mountain West Conference title.”

An Oklahoma native, Blackshear grew up in Jacksonville, Fla., where he was all-state and a SuperPrep All-American at Ed White High. He was the first offensive lineman to ever earn Player of the Year honors from the Florida Times-Union.

His coaching experience includes time at the high school level, coaching running backs at Sandalwood High in Jacksonville, as well as collegiate stops at Florida (graduate assistant, 2002-04), Illinois (GA, 2005) and Columbia (tight ends, 2006 and offensive line, 2007-08) before moving on to New Mexico in 2009.

With the Lobos, Blackshear mentored tight end Lucas Reed to Freshman All-American honors in 2009, first-team All-MW honors in 2010 with All-America and John Mackey Award candidacy in 2011. He also coach lineman Byron Bell, who later went on to start for the Carolina Panthers.

He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Florida and has credits toward a master’s in educational policy.

Blackshear fills the spot left by James Spady, who was named last week as the head coach at Alabama A&M.

Fresh off big win against UNLV, Nevada hosts rival Utah State Saturday

Wolf Pack logoNevada hosts longtime rival Utah State Saturday:  Nevada (8-8, 3-0 MW) hosts longtime rival Utah State (11-3, 1-1 MW) on Saturday at 5:05 p.m. PT.  The Wolf Pack has won a season-high three in a row while the Aggies have won six of seven games.  The Pack sits atop the Mountain West standings at 3-0 while USU is 1-1.  The two schools battled for seven seasons in the Western Athletic Conference.

Wednesday, 5:05 p.m. PT

NEVADA WOLF PACK (8-8, 3-0 MW)

vs.

Utah State Aggies (11-3, 1-1 MW)

Lawlor Events Center (11,536)
Reno, Nev.

 

TELEVISION: none

FREE VIDEO STREAM: NevadaWolfPack.tv

FREE AUDIO: http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/nevada.portal

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

LIVE STATS: http://www.nevadawolfpack.com/sports/m-baskbl/sched/unv-m-baskbl-sched.html

SERIES HISTORY: USU leads the series 31-15.  Nevada won the last two meetings in the 2011-12 season, its final in the WAC.  The Aggies won the previous five games and hold a 6-4 advantage in the last 10.

UP NEXT: Nevada hosts Boise State on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m.  The game will air on the Mountain West Sports Network.

Albright, Carter lead the way for Samaritan’s Feet efforts:  Nevada women’s basketball coach Jane Albright, along with men’s coach David Carter, will be hosting Barefoot Basketball at home games this week to raise awareness for Samaritan’s Feet, a global non-profit aimed at providing shoes for impoverished children.

The Wolf Pack coaches have each donated $500 to purchase shoes from the Nike Store at Legends Marina and additional donations from donors have allowed for even more shoes to be purchased. All of the shoes purchased by the Wolf Pack will stay in the Northern Nevada community.

During the Pack’s home games this week – the women host rival UNLV in a Governor’s Series matchup Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. at Lawlor and the men play host to Utah State on Saturday at 3 p.m. – fans will be able to contribute as well. By simply texting “shoes” to 85944, fans can make a $10 donation to Samaritan’s Feet.

Samaritans Feet is a non-profit organization founded by Emmanuel Ohonme in 2003. Their mission is to equip 10 million impoverished children with 10 million shoes. Since beginning in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet has helped more than four million people in 60 countries.