UNLV brought its newfound offensive momentum home from a successful roadtrip just in time for Senior Night at the Thomas & Mack Center against Wyoming. The Runnin’ Rebels (22-7 overall, 10-5 Mountain West Conference) came out scorching before the “White Out” crowd of more than 15,000 en route to a 90-77 victory. UNLV shot 65% in the first half, and led 54-39 at the break. The 54 points were the most in a single half by the Rebels this season. Despite a sloppy, turnover-filled second half, the Cowboys (10-18, 3-11) could get no closer than 10 at any point.
All five Rebel starters finished in double figures, led by the 19 points of Chace Stanback. Stanback was also the team’s leading rebounder with 11 boards. Tre’Von Willis, Oscar Bellfield and Quintrell Thomas each had 15 points, and Anthony Marshall finished with 10, as UNLV shot 55% from the floor.
Before the game, seniors Willis, Derrick Jasper, Tyler Norman and Mychal Martinez were honored at center court along with their family members. Norman and Martinez, who have rarely seen game action during their careers, both entered the game in the final minute to a rousing ovation from the crowd. Norman drew even more cheers when he immediately drove in for a successful shot while getting fouled. He missed the free throw.
The Rebels will finish the regular season at Utah next Saturday, before returning to the Thomas & Mack for the Mountain West Tournament starting March 9th.