by Morgan Evens – February 1, 2016
The UNLV Runnin’ Rebels prepare to take on the New Mexico Lobos in Albuquerque Tuesday a 5:00 p.m. without the assistance of junior forward Ben Carter.
Saturday night against the Aztecs Carter left midgame with a knee injury; Monday it was announced that Carter had torn his left anterior cruciate ligament, and would be out for the rest of the season.
Missing Carter’s leadership the Rebels fell down to the Aztecs, 67-52, now 13-9 for the season, and No. 7 in the Mountain West Conference.
“We are very disappointed for Ben,” interim coach Todd Simon said. “He was obviously an impact player for us, but more than that he is a pillar of our program with his toughness, spirit and leadership. It is a huge loss for our team.”
The Rebels ended the night shooting, 22-60, 37% from the field and grabbing only 27 rebounds compared to the Aztec 44.
With Carter out and byes at stake for the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament it will be every players job to step-up.
“It’s a good thing for everybody to be able to step-up in the leader role, and know that we need him (Carter) and he’s always there to support,” freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. said.
Zimmerman Jr. ended the night with a double-double, scoring 14 points and earning 10 rebounds.
With the second half of Mountain West Conference games beginning the Rebels will have to persevere and make strong improvements if they want a chance to move on post conference.
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. Contact: Morgan Evans Email: email@example.com Phone: 562.522.6485