Rebels Run to 2-0
Two games and two blowout wins for the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. On Wednesday, the Rebels turned in another dominating performance in a 92-56 victory over Southeastern Lousiana at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV (2-0) shot over 62% from the field while holding Southeast Lousiana (1-1) to just 33%. The Rebels jumped out to an early lead and never looked back, taking a 44-29 lead at halftime. Five Rebels finished in double figures, led by Anthony Marshall’s 14 points and five rebounds. Forward Brice Massamba also had a solid outing off the bench, finishing with 12 points, five rebounds, and four assists in 26 minutes. True freshman forward Karam Mashour chipped in with 10 points on 5-of-6 shooting in just 17 minutes. Chace Stanback (10) and Justin Hawkins (11) were the other two Rebels in double figures. Coach Lon Kruger used multiple substitutions, as no UNLV player logged more than 28 minutes in the game. Senior guard Tre’Von Willis, who was ineligible for UNLV’s two exhibition games and last Friday’s season opener against UC Riverside due to a three-game suspension for offseason legal trouble, also sat this one out. There were a couple of areas where the Rebels struggled, despite the lopsided final score. One was beyond the arc, where UNLV finished just 1-of-8. The Rebels also missed 10 free throws in the game, finishing 21-of-31 from the line. The schedule gets considerable toughter now, as UNLV welcomes #25 Wisconsin to the Thomas & Mack on Saturday. After that, the Runnin’ Rebels will head to Anaheim, California for the 76 Classic Tournament starting on Thanksgiving Day.