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

Conference.

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

winning streak.

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

game.

”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

(lately).”

UNLV took an 11-point lead at halftime and pulled away on

consecutive 3-pointers from Hawkins roughly 8 minutes into the

second half.

The Rebels took a 66-43 lead when Quintrell Thomas dunked a

missed layup by Hawkins with just over 8 minutes left in the

game.

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

the road.

”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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