UNLV lit up the baskets in frozen Fort Worth with a 94-79 win over TCU. The Runnin’ Rebels (18-6 overall, 6-4 Mountain West Conference) scored early and often in breaking out of an offensive funk that has plagued them since around Christmas time. UNLV shot 61% from the field, hit 11-of-17 three pointers (65%), and 13-of-16 (81%) from the free throw line. Most encouraging about the offensive explosion was that it was led by the team’s two top scorers, who each have struggled in recent weeks. Chace Stanback led the way with 24 points on 10-of-14 shooting, including a perfect 4-of-4 from beyond the arc. Tre’Von Willis came off the bench to score a season-high 23 points on 8-of-11 shooting, hitting 3-of-5 from three-point range. Senior guard Derrick Jasper, who was removed from the starting lineup for the past three games, returned in place of Willis. Sophomore forward Quintrell Thomas also turned in a solid outing, with 14 points and a team-high 10 rebounds.
The game was played even though the TCU campus was closed earlier in the day due to cold, snowy weather. Nonetheless, the Runnin’ Rebels came out blistering before the sparse crowd of less than 4,000. UNLV shot 67% in the first half and led 47-35 at halftime. The Horned Frogs (10-15, 1-9) were more competitive in the second half, but couldn’t contain the Rebels’ offensive explosion. It was UNLV’s fifth straight win over TCU, and improved the Rebels’ record to 16-2 in the all-time series.
Next up, UNLV welcomes #6 San Diego State to the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday at 5 p.m.