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Nevada beats the Rebels 74-71, snaps losing streak to rival UNLV

By ThisIsReno

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  • Nevada improved to 8-8 on the season and 3-0 in Mountain West play after defeating UNLV (10-6, 1-2 MW) 74-71 in Las Vegas Wednesday night.
  • The Wolf Pack has won a season-high three in a row.
  • The Pack improved to 5-2 on the road and 5-4 away from Reno.  Last season Nevada was 2-12 away from home.
  • The win snapped an eight-game losing skid to the Rebels.    The Wolf Pack’s last win in the series also came in Las Vegas, 68-61 on Nov. 26, 2005.
  • The win is part of the Governor’s Series presented by NV Energy competition between the two Nevada schools.
  • The Pack’s three wins in Mountain West play equals its total from last season when Nevada finished last in the league with a 3-13 record, in its initial year in the conference.
  • Nevada had a season-high 10 blocks.  AJ West totaled five blocks which is the top total by a Pack player this season.
  • Nevada hosts Utah State (11-3, 1-1 MW) on Saturday at 5:05 p.m.
  • Deonte Burton scored a game-high 29 points to move over 1,800 for his career.  Burton’s 1,815 points ranks fourth in school history behind Edgar Jones’ (1975-79) 1,877.  He became the school leader in free throws made with 549, three more than Nick Fazekas (2004-07).
  • Burton has scored 20 or more points in game 11 times this year and posted a game-high for the ninth time.  It was the 13th time he led the Pack in scoring.
  • Burton, the NCAA I leader in minutes played logged a season-low 32 minutes tonight.   He entered the game having played 233 minutes and 31 seconds consecutively.  The streak ended at 240 minutes and 22 seconds as he went to the bench at the 13:09 mark of the first half tonight.
  • Junior guard Michael Perez tied his career-high with 18 points.  Perez has made a three-pointer in every game this season.
  • West scored in double figures for the third consecutive game with 11 points and was one rebound short of his second double-double grabbing a team-high nine boards.
  • West’s line was 11 points, nine rebounds and five blocks in 20 minutes.  He had four fouls that limited his minutes.
  • Head coach David Carter earned his first win as the Pack’s head coach in the intrastate rivalry.  Carter is 82-66 in his fifth season at Nevada.