Colorado St.-UNLV Preview

UNLV escaped with two road wins last week to move into a tie for

first place in the Mountain West Conference. It hasn’t had nearly

as difficult a time winning at home.

The No. 11 Runnin’ Rebels will try to remain undefeated at the

Thomas & Mack Center when they take on Colorado State on

Wednesday night.

Although they were facing the teams with the two worst

conference records, the Rebels didn’t have an easy time. UNLV

(20-3, 4-1) held on for a 77-72 overtime win at Boise State last

Wednesday before posting a 65-63 overtime victory at Air Force on

Saturday.

The Rebels moved into a tie atop the Mountain West with San

Diego State, which lost 77-60 at Colorado State (14-6, 3-2) on

Saturday.

“We know we need to get better, but we’ve found ways to win two

important games,” coach Dave Rice said. “Now we’re back fighting

for a conference title again.”

Mike Moser was a big factor in the wins last week. He scored 27

points and had 12 rebounds Saturday after finishing with 18 points

and 21 boards against Boise State. Moser is averaging 18.8 points

and 14.5 rebounds over the last four games.

He was one of the few players to have a good week, though. UNLV

shot a season-low 34.8 percent versus the Broncos and was held to

one of its lowest-scoring games against the Falcons.

The Rebels were hurt offensively Saturday by a tough night from

Chace Stanback, who finished with two points on 1-of-10 shooting.

Stanback came in averaging a team-leading 14.7 points but struggled

with his shot in both road games, going 5 of 13 against Boise

State.

Stanback will try to get back on track at home, where UNLV is

12-0. Stanback is averaging 16.5 points and shooting 57.5 percent

at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Rebels are off to their best start at home since the 1991-92

team finished 14-0.

While they have won their home games this season by an average

of 23.8 points, they won’t be overlooking Colorado State.

Not only did UNLV lose 78-63 at home to the Rams last season,

but Colorado State is coming off its impressive home win over San

Diego State. It held the Aztecs to a season-worst 31.3 percent

shooting while snapping a 16-game losing streak against Top 25

opponents.

The victory came after consecutive road losses by a combined 52

points. The Rams went on a 10-1 run spanning the first and second

halves to take a 46-29 lead with 16:09 remaining, and the Aztecs

never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.

“It gives us hope,” said guard Wes Eikmeier, who scored 19

points and leads the Rams with 15.8 per game. “But at the same

time, we are still humble because of our last two games. We know

how bad we can be. We know how good we can be.”

The Rams are 2-5 away from home, allowing opponents to score

74.3 points per game. In their last three on the road, they have

allowed teams to shoot 42.1 percent from 3-point range (24 of

57).