UNLV offensive attack leads to win No. 16 of season
[flickr id="8422953025" thumbnail="small" overlay="true" size="large" group="" align="right"] Quintrell Thomas supplied crowd-pleasing dunks, Anthony Bennett got back on track with a game-high 17 points and the UNLV defense held the University of Wyoming to 3-of-16 from three-point range as the Runnin’ Rebels were rolling on all cylinders en route to a 62-50 victory at the Thomas & Mack Center on Thursday.
UNLV improved to 16-4 for the year after going 4-3 in their previous seven games. The team improved to 3-2 in conference play, which has proved to be tougher than the Rebels expected.
Thomas erupted for 13 points while Anthony Marshall flirted with a doubledouble, finishing with 12 points and nine assists for UNLV. In addition to his six points, Just Hawkins provided stellar defense once again with team-highs in rebounds (six) and steals (two).
Marshall was remarkably efficient in the win as he converted on three of his four free throw attempts and finished 3-of-4 from beyond the arc. He led the team with 35 minutes played.
Though the UNLV defense forced the Wyoming defense to a 39.3 field goal percentage in the first half, the Cowboys received great statistical outings from forwards Leonard Washington and Larry Nance Jr.
Washington tallied 13 points, a team-high three assists and had game-highs in blocks (four) and rebounds (seven) while sinking three of his four free throw attempts. He finished 4-of-13 shooting overall, however, perfectly indicative of the shooting overall, however, perfectly indicative of the team’s shooting woes all game long.
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Nance Jr., however, kept the team afloat in the first half before disappearing in the second half. He had a team-high 16 points and a game-high five steals, but only two points after halftime.
The Rebels outrebounded Wyoming 34-20 and seemed to consistently convert on dunks and three-pointers that shifted momentum in UNLV’s favor, requiring Wyoming to take timeouts.
At one point, UNLV led by 18 points in the second half, building an insurmountable lead that sent the Cowboys to their third loss of the season.
The Rebels host University of Nevada, Reno on Tuesday at 7 p.m. to conclude their two-game homestand.
UNLV will then hit the road for games at Boise State University and California State University, Fresno before returning home once again on Feb. 9.