No. 21 UNLV 75, Boise St. 58
No. 21 UNLV was disappointed after road losses to TCU and New
Mexico last week sent it tumbling 10 spots in the AP Top 25 and
dropped it two games behind the Lobos in the Mountain West
But strong defense and better shooting gave the Rebels a 75-58
victory over Boise State on Wednesday night, putting them within
one game of first place.
”There were a lot of people disappointed here in town,” UNLV
coach Dave Rice said. ”We have no time for negativity.”
Chace Stanback scored 19 points and reserve Justin Hawkins added
13 for UNLV (23-6, 7-4), which ended the Broncos’ three-game
UNLV is undefeated in 14 games at home this season, with two of
its three remaining games to be played in Las Vegas.
It was Stanback’s best scoring performance since a 21-point game
against TCU in mid-January, and his best shooting since New Year’s
Eve at Hawaii. He had 11 points in the first half, including eight
straight to give the Rebels an eight-point lead 6 minutes into the
”I was fortunate to knock down some shots,” Stanback said. ”I
wanted to have a great game for my teammates. I haven’t done that
UNLV took an 11-point lead at halftime and pulled away on
consecutive 3-pointers from Hawkins roughly 8 minutes into the
The Rebels took a 66-43 lead when Quintrell Thomas dunked a
missed layup by Hawkins with just over 8 minutes left in the
The Rebels shot 49.1 percent (27 of 55) after shooting 31
percent in their last game, a 20-point loss at New Mexico last
week. The Rebels shot 61.5 percent in the first half on Wednesday
night, making two more field goals in the half than they did during
the entire game against the Lobos.
Rice said his team got back some of the swagger it had lost on
”We played like we needed to play on the defensive end,” Rice
said. ”Staying together was a key for us. We bounced back.”
Anthony Drmic and Thomas Bropleh both had nine points for the
Broncos (13-13, 3-8).
Boise State shot just 35.7 percent, at times clearly stifled by
UNLV’s defense. The Broncos had a shot-clock violation on their
second possession, and twice over the next 5 minutes waited until
the shot clock had 1 second left before throwing up desperate shots
that didn’t fall.
”With the three wins, we made a lot of progress. We didn’t
shoot the ball well tonight,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said.
”We knew we would catch them playing their best.”
Boise State had 14 turnovers and eight assists.
”We were getting out and dictating what they offensively could
do,” said Anthony Marshall, who had a double-double with 11 points
and 10 rebounds, his fourth this season.
Marshall added five of UNLV’s 19 assists. The Rebels were second
in the NCAA heading into the game with 18.4 assists per game.
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