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Pack ends road trip with loss to Cal; opens three game set at home starting Saturday

By ThisIsReno

Wolf Pack logoNevada is 4-6 after they fall 92-84 at Cal (7-3)  Tuesday night.

The Wolf Pack hosts Omaha (7-3) on Saturday at 3 p.m.  It is the first of three in a row at Lawlor Events Center.  Iona comes to Reno on Dec. 22 and Long Beach State on Dec. 28.   The Pack went 1-3 on the road

Cal leads the series 25-11 after Tuesday’s win and has won the last three games.

Nevada outrebounded Cal 34-23.  The plus 11 rebound margin is the second highest of the season.  The Pack outrebounded UC Davis by 18, 42-24 in its previous game.

Deonte Burton scored a game-high 26 points.  It was the sixth time he posted a game-high, ninth time he led the team in scoring and eighth time he scored 20 or more points in game.  He totaled 19 points in the Pack’s other two games.  Burton recorded his 400th career assist in the game tonight and has 404 at Nevada to rank seventh.

After tonight Burton is nine points from 1,700.  His 1,691 points ranks fifth in school history.

Michael Perez tied his season-high with 18 points.  His first 18-point game was versus UCLA in Las Vegas.  Perez made 5-of-8 three pointers.  The five made three-pointers is his season-high and the high by a Nevada player this year.  Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season.  He grabbed a season-high eight rebounds to tie for game high honors.  It was the second time he led the team in rebounding.

Jerry Evans, Jr. scored in double figures for the seventh time this season finishing the game with 18 points.  It was his fifth double figure scoring game in the last six.

Head coach David Carter is 78-64 in his fifth season leading the Wolf Pack and ranks ninth in career wins.  Carter is one win back of his mentor Trent Johnson’s (1999-04) 79 wins for eighth most in school history.