An announced crowd of 15, 768 (though it was probably closer to 12,000) showed up at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday night to see their Runnin’ Rebels take on in-state rival, Reno. Most of them did not leave happy as the Wolf Pack cruised to an 87-70 win over UNLV.
The Rebels won the opening tip and quickly fired up a three. Like every three attempt in the first half, it wasn’t close. The Rebels were 0-12 from deep in the first half. They finished the game going 7-26 (27%) from deep, and 25-68 (37%) overall. UNLV struggled shooting the ball all night over the longer Wolf Pack defense.
Reno was able to get any shot they wanted early in the game. It allowed them to get into an offensive flow that carried throughout the entire game. Caleb Martin led the way for Reno, scoring a game high 26 points. Jordan Caroline added 18 points of his own to go along with 11 rebounds. Jazz Johnson (11) and Cody Martin (10) also scored in double figures.
UNLV was led by senior, Chris Clyburn’s 23 points. Amauri Hardy added 17, but no other Rebel scored in double figures. Joel Ntambwe has emerged as a go to player since the start of MWC play, but he was held without a field goal until midway through the first. He finished with only 8 points.
This is the 2nd game in a row which saw the Rebels trail from the tip. That’s 80 straight minutes without a single second in the lead. It’s also the second game being blown out by 17 following Saturday night’s loss to the Aztecs down in San Diego. At 5-1, some media and fans began to wonder weather or not this team was for real. The 5 conference wins came against the 4 worst teams in the MWC. Not
The big pro-UNLV crowd was the largest they’ve seen all season. The Rebels have made a bad habit of failing miserably in these spots. Tuesday night was no different. You have to wonder when we’ll see another crowd like that. This is exactly the kind of ammo fans need to justify their reasoning for staying away. Too many times they’ve gotten up for a game nly to see their team completely destroyed.
The Rebels will head to Utah St. on Saturday for a date with the 2nd place Aggies, followed by @ Boise and home vs Fresno. Chances are the Rebels will be a sub .500 team once AFA comes to town on 2/12. While you can only play who’s on your schedule, it is important to look at who those teams were before giving any undue praise or judgment. The Rebels feasted on the weak, and now have to run the gauntlet of top teams in the MWC.