by Morgan Evans, November 29, 2015
Improving Their Record To 6-1, The UNLV “Runnin” Rebels Earned Themselves an 80-62 WIN Over The Prairie View A&M at The Thomas and Mack Saturday.
Despite a slow start to the game sophomore guard Patrick McCaw was the leading scorer with 18 points, five rebounds, seven assist and five steals.
“Patrick McCaw was the leader he always is,” Head Coach Dave Rice said.
Freshman forward Derrick Jones Jr. and Junior forward Ben Carter were ready to step up to the plate.
Jones Jr. added 14 points, with 12 points coming from the second half, and junior forward Ben Carter added another 10 points to the scoreboard.
Freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. had a perfect 6-for-6 record from the free throw line with a total of 10 points and six rebounds before leaving the game with a sprained ankle during the first half.
Despite winning the game, the first half was one UNLV wishes to forget.
Tied 42-42, the Rebels had 10 turnovers and allowed the Panthers to shoot 50 percent from the field during the first 20 minutes of the game.
“We were getting hurt with our trapping,” Rice said. “We just didn’t have the energy level in the first half, so we pulled up the trap and went straight man-to-man.”
After what Rice could only describe as a more “spirited” pep talk than usual the Rebels came out of halftime fired up and ready for a win.
UNLV sophomore Goodluck Okonoboh transferred out of the program Friday leaving the team with a void. needing to However, transfer junior forward Tyrell Green was ready to be that impact player.
“Transfers happen. Unfortunately it’s part of college basketball,” Carter said. “I told Tyrell it’s your turn. It’s time for you to put your, you know, footprint on this team, and to become a rotational player for us and take those minutes.”
In his 15 minutes on the court Green stepped up to the plate; Green totaled nine points and six rebounds.
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“It’s a great opportunity for our team,” Carter said. “To play another ranked opponent, it’s great for our program too.”
Since coaching at UNLV Rice is looking to grab his 10th win against a ranked opponent is hopeful the team can overcome the injuries, illnesses and player loss and turn out the win.
Morgan Evans is a UNLV junior majoring in Journalism and Media Studies with a focus in Integrated Marketing and Communications. She is the Las Vegas Cowboys publicist and a writer for UNLV’s online news source, Virtual Rebel. After graduating Morgan plans to pursue a job as the PR head of a major sports organization.
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