From my game story in today’s paper
Nevada’s sophomore point guard abused Washington’s slew of guards, driving past all of them, scoring on all of them, being stopped by none of them. There were times when C.J. Wilcox and Ross and even Abdul Gaddy contested his shots, but Burton still burned the Huskies.
Burton scored 31 points on 9-for-18 shooting and added six assists and six rebounds. But it was more than the total points. It was when and how he got them.
When Nevada needed a big basket, he hit it. He scored eight of Nevada’s 10 points in overtime and 11 of the Wolf Pack’s final 13.
But none was bigger than his 3-pointer near the end of regulation.
With 10.7 seconds remaining, Washington went up 66-63 on the first of two Darnell Gant free throws. Gant missed the second one, and Dario Hunt flipped the rebound to Burton, who took off for the other end of the court.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar had told his players to foul Burton on his way to the basket. Tony Wroten tried to foul Burton, but it wasn’t called.
Instead, Burton pulled up at the top of the key and buried the game-tying 3-pointer with 4.7 seconds remaining.
“We were supposed to foul and we didn’t really foul like we should have fouled and so he was wide open for a shot,” Romar said.
From the Reno Gazette Journal’s game story …
Burton scored a career-high 31 points, including 19 of the team’s 22 points from the 5:51 mark of the second half until the last bucket of the game.
“That would have to be the first time I ever just took over a game like that,” Burton said.
Wolf Pack coach David Carter was equally speechless after Burton carried Nevada to the team’s biggest victory since Carter took over the program three years ago.
When asked if he could remember the last time a Wolf Pack player dominated a game like Burton did Friday night, Carter couldn’t find a similar performance during his 13-year tenure at Nevada.
“I can’t remember something like this, to be honest with you,” Carter said. “That was unbelievable. That’s a great game. That’s a great individual effort. I haven’t seen something like that in a long time.”
From the blogosphere …
Here’s Montlake Madness ‘ game wrap up.