Men’s basketball gets first road victory in over a month
It’s been a slow process for Mike Moser to get back to the level that he’s capable of playing at after dislocating his elbow earlier in the year.
But when Anthony Bennett left the game early in the first half, Moser stepped up and had his best performance, post-elbow injury.
Moser was one of four UNLV players in double figures, totaling 11 points and seven rebounds as UNLV (21-7, 8-5) snapped its four-game road losing streak by defeating Wyoming 65-42 on Saturday night in Laramie, Wyo.
Bennett checked out with 15:55 remaining in the first half with an apparent injury to his left shoulder. He missed his only two attempts and was called for an offensive foul.
Head coach Dave Rice said after the game that Bennett slept on his shoulder in a way that caused it to stiffen up in the early portions of the game.
With Wyoming’s leading scorer and rebounder, Leonard Washington, sitting out on Saturday due to injury, Moser attacked the depleted interior defense of the Cowboys and had seven points and three rebounds at halftime.
Moser scored a combined 37 points over his previous 10 games and hadn’t reached double digits in scoring since he scored 14 points on Jan. 12.
While Moser was looking like his former self, it was a balanced attack on both ends of the floor that led to UNLV’s largest margin of victory in a conference game this season.
The Runnin’ Rebels held Wyoming to just under 18 percent shooting in the first half, going 5-of-28 from the floor. At one point, UNLV held the Cowboys without a field goal for over 10 minutes in the first half.
Khem Birch and Anthony Marshall had quality starts as well. Birch recorded a double-double with 12 points and a career-high 14 rebounds, and Marshall supplied seven points, seven rebounds and six assists.
Katin Reinhardt and Bryce Dejean-Jones chipped in with 10 and 11 points respectively, as UNLV shot 50 percent from the field and took only nine 3-pointers the entire game.
Savon Goodman made good use of the 14 minutes he saw on Saturday night, as the freshman had eight points and went to the free throw line five times.
Rice praised Goodman for his performance against Colorado State on Wednesday, and Goodman continues making a case for increased minutes.
Derek Cooke Jr., who started in place of Washington, scored a game-high 15 points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Derrious Gilmore and Larry Nance Jr., who were listed as game-time decisions with both being ill, went a combined 3-of-22 from the floor for Wyoming.
With Wednesday off, UNLV will have a full week to prepare, and get healthy, for their rematch with rival Nevada, Reno on March 2, in Reno