Friday, April 9, 2010 | 2:15 a.m.
After banging his left knee during the second half of an 88-74 victory over BYU on Feb. 6, UNLV sophomore point guard Oscar Bellfield knew he wouldn't quite feel 100 percent until after the 2009-10 season concluded.
Still, the Los Angeles native toughed it out, finishing the season with averages of 9.3 points and a team-high 4.8 assists per game. His 2.5-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio was among the best marks in the Mountain West Conference, and he was the only player to start all 34 Rebel contests this season.
Thursday, he cleared one final obstacle in his path to recovery from what originally was diagnosed as a deep knee bruise, undergoing successful arthroscopic surgery to clean out his left knee.
UNLV coach Lon Kruger confirmed that Bellfield came through without a hitch, as they knew there was potential for surgery if the injury continued to be slow to heal.
The procedure should not keep Bellfield off of the floor for more than a few weeks.
While Bellfield's explosiveness was slow to return after sustaining the injury, his numbers didn't terribly suffer.
In the 11 games he played after the victory over BYU, Bellfield averaged 8.9 points and five assist per game. However, he shot just 36.5 percent from the floor down the stretch after firing away at a 42.6 percent clip in the season's first 23 outings.