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Pack loses another close game, downed by Omaha 82-80

By ThisIsReno

Nevada is 4-7 after falling 82-80 at home to Omaha (7-3) today.

The Wolf Pack hosts Iona at 1:05 p.m. on Dec. 22 and Long Beach State at 7:05 p.m. on Dec. 28 to close out 2013.

Nevada is now 1-3 at home and 1-5 in the last six games.  Omaha won its fifth game in a row.

Today’s game was the fifth two-point game of the season for the Wolf Pack.  The Pack is 3-2 in those five contests.

Nevada and Omaha have split the two games in the series.  Both were played at Nevada’s Lawlor Events Center.

Deonte Burton finished with 22 points.  It’s Burton’s ninth game scoring 20 or more points in a game this season.  He became the fifth player in school history to score 1,700 career points and his 1,713 points ranks fifth at Nevada.  Alex Boyd (1967-90) is fourth with 1,731 points.

Jerry Evans, Jr. finished with a team-high 24 points, one off his career best of 25 that came earlier this season vs. #19 UCLA.  Evans scored 19 points in the first half.

Evans has three career games of 20 or more points, all coming this season in the last five games.  Six times in the last seven games he reached double figures and had eight points in the other game.  Eight times he has scored in double figures this season.

Sophomore Lucas Stivrins made his first career start and had two points.  Stivrins led the Pack for the first time with a season-high six rebounds.  Stivrins played a season-high 31 minutes and had his best assist night with three.

Marqueze Coleman and Ronnie Stevens, Jr. did not play today.  Coleman is bothered by an eye injury and Stevens has shin splints.  Both are day-to-day for the Pack’s Dec. 22 game with Iona.

Junior Michael Perez finished with 17 points, one off his season-high of 18 that occurred twice vs. #19 UCLA and at Cal.  Perez had made a three-pointer in all 11 games this season.

Head coach David Carter is 78-65 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.