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Rebels awaken, slam Rams to snap 3-game skid, 70-39

Marshall, Wallace help lead UNLV to 20th win in rout

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UNLV’s Oscar Bellfield attempts a shot Saturday against Colorado State’s Andy Ogide during the first half at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Updated Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 | 4:52 p.m.

Colorado State vs UNLV

Snapping a 3-game losing streak, UNLV notched its 20th win of the season, beating Colorado State, 70-39.

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A look at the fireworks show during pregame introductions on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center prior to the UNLV basketball game against Colorado State.

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Final, UNLV wins 70-39

It was one of those games where Lon Kruger could let his walk-ons play the last few minutes.

And, boy, did UNLV need it.

The Rebels came back from a 3-game skid to climb on top of the Rams early and keep them on the mat for 40 minutes en route to a 70-39 win on Saturday afternoon at the Mack.

All nine players in UNLV's regular rotation scored in the first half, and the effort was led by Chace Stanback and Anthony Marshall, who scored 12 points apiece.

Marshall recorded the first double-double of his career, adding 10 points to his stat line, while Kendall Wallace also snapped a recent funk by scoring 11 points of his own.

UNLV held the Rams to a 4-of-25 showing from the floor in the first half, and by the time the visitors headed back to the locker room, they were trailing by 24 points at 40-16.

The Rams fell to 15-11 overall and an even 6-6 in the Mountain West, while UNLV is now 20-7 overall and 8-5 in the league.

The Rebels are back in action at home on Wednesday night against another conference bottom-feeder — TCU.

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11:36, second half, UNLV leads 55-28

Colorado State has finally found its legs on the offensive end, as the Rams are trading buckets with the Rebels so far in the second half.

Unfortunately for the visitors, however, that won't do much to chip away at what was a 24-point halftime deficit.

UNLV is still comfortably ahead and well en route to its 20th win of the season, up 55-28 with under 12 minutes to play.

Heading into the last TV timeout, Chace Stanback hit his third trey of the game, snapping his four-game drought of not scoring in double digits. He leads all scorers with 12 points.

Also looking good on the offensive end for UNLV is Oscar Bellfield, who is still battling the after effects of a bruise to his left knee. He has nine points, four assists and three rebounds, while his explosiveness off of that leg has looked better today than it did the last couple of times out.

Halftime, UNLV leads 40-16

UNLV finished the first half the same way it started, and now holds a commanding 40-16 lead over Colorado State at the break.

Apparently, Vegas oddsmakers knew what they were talking about, setting an opening line of 14.5 points in the Rebels' favor.

All nine players to see the floor in the first half for UNLV scored, led by nine from freshman guard Anthony Marshall, who put home a slew of acrobatic layups.

Meanwhile, Colorado State was just 4-of-25 from the floor, with three of them coming from long range.

Here are some other numbers of note from the first half ...

— UNLV is 15-of-26 from the floor and 5-of-9 from three, which is the most efficient the team has looked for an entire half in two weeks.

— The Rebels out-rebounded the Rams, 19-16.

— CSU has only two assists and eight turnovers. UNLV, on the other hand, has nine assists and five giveaways. The Rebels have had more turnovers than assists in their last two games.

— Aside from his nine points on 4-of-4 shooting, Anthony Marshall leads the Rebels with four rebounds. Chace Stanback and Darris Santee have three apiece.

— Poor Travis Franklin. After going 3-of-14 from the free throw line in the first meeting, he was 1-of-4 from there in the first half, with an airball in that mix.

7:50, first half, UNLV leads 28-8

The Rebels apparently have no intentions of letting up, as they now lead struggling Colorado State in the first half, 28-8.

Tre'Von Willis became the eighth Rebel to score just moments ago, first hitting a fading bank shot from 10 feet out, then a 3-pointer on the left wing. Leading the way so far for UNLV is Anthony Marshall, who has seven points, including a pair of acrobatic layups.

Also getting in on the act is Kendall Wallace, who has snapped his 3-point drought with a pair of deep balls so far.

Meanwhile, CSU is just 2-of-16 from the floor with five turnovers.

It's ugly, and it got ugly fast. The interesting note on the CSU side is that the coaching staff is wired up for its reality show on The Mtn. I'd love to hear the audio for this one.

15:13, first half, UNLV leads 10-2

Darris Santee got the start in place of Brice Massamba at the five-spot today for UNLV, largely due to his huge effort off of the bench in Wednesday's 66-61 loss at Utah. So far today, he has two points and a rebound, and the energy Lon Kruger wants has been shown by everyone in a Rebels uniform.

UNLV leads Colorado State early, 10-2, and is creating havoc on the defensive end. CSU already has three turnovers, while the Rebels are 4-of-8 from the floor.

Five different players have scored so far for Kruger's club, highlighted by a 3-pointer early from Chace Stanback.

The only disappointing thing so far about this one is the fan turnout. Apparently, three losses late in the season is enough to make the fringe fans stay home ...

Pregame

Welcome to the Thomas & Mack Center, where UNLV's idea today was to try to pack the place. So far, it looks like the Rebels will have to show something more on the floor to get those fringe fans back in the building.

Of course, the Rebels need to turn it around from a recent 3-game losing streak for bigger reasons than fan support.

At 19-7 overall and 7-5 in Mountain West play, UNLV has a Bracket Buster game of its own today with Colorado State (15-10, 6-5) in town. In fact, the Rebels have four of them left, as the margin for error the rest of the regular season is at zero if UNLV wants to keep itself in contention for an at-large NCAA tourney bid.

And after the scare No. 12 New Mexico received at home today from lowly Air Force — escaping late, 59-56 — nothing is a given right now.

That said, here are today's 3 keys to UNLV victory ...

1) The top priority has to be stopping CSU big man Andy Ogide, who they held to just four points and two rebounds in 28 frustrating minutes in an 80-72 win in Fort Collins back on Jan. 20. With Matt Shaw out this time around, Darris Santee and Brice Massamba will be bigger on the defensive end than anywhere else, in my opinion.

2) The Rebels' outside shooting has been pretty rough of late, and if they want to make this an easy one, hitting some threes will be key. That's big today, especially, as Colorado State proved it could hang with UNLV last time around by hitting a slew of treys on its own end. One guy in particularly who needs a slump-buster is Kendall Wallace, who has gone two consecutive games without a 3-pointer made for the first time this season in the Rebels' last two outings.

3) Mindset is big for UNLV. The Rebels need to treat this game as if they're playing BYU or New Mexico. Colorado State has hung with everyone in the league this season except for the Cougars, and if the Rebels aren't sharp, these guys are just as capable of creating an early hole for Lon Kruger's club as Utah was the other night in Salt Lake City.

As for today's prediction and 'Pick to Click,' I think the bookmakers were a little crazy in making this a 14.5-point line in UNLV's favor, but I do think they win somewhat comfortably. I'll say 75-65. As for a 'Pick to Click,' I'm going to dig a bit and take Kendall Wallace. If there's an opportunity for him to bust out, this would be it.

Talk to you after tip-off.

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  1. Lets turn this around Rebels we still have a lot of games to make a turn around and I believe we'll be at the big dance in March.

  2. CSU leading 19-18 this half. Would love to see the Rebs finish a full 40. Quit taking your foot off the gas Rebels and go for 90 just once! Please!!!!!!

  3. Where are all the "fans" at? We all know that if UNLV had lost this game there would be at least 20 comments posted by now calling for Kruger's head.

    Nice to see the Rebels win again.

  4. good win guys lets take one game at a time. Hope we get Jasper and Shaw in time for the MWC Tourney take care of business guys...

  5. All the fans know it's 2 little 2 late, there's nothing left to say. Great you blew out Colorado State at home in that case UNLV is in. Lol!

  6. all you bandwagon fans can sit here and talk sh*t but not show up for the game. Good for you. Go Rebs! Good win. Keep the momentum going!

  7. Great game rebels! Hopefully this turns things around... nice to see the bench all smiles with the walk-ons in. By the way Canes, anyone who has enough time to troll on an internet site should probably re-evaluate what they're doing with their life. Just saying...

  8. Definitely not too little and definitely not too late.

    I totally agree with the comment about the bandwagon fans not getting themselves out to the game ;-)

    Good to see Marshall doing great too!

  9. Shooting has to be consistent, defensive intensity has to be consistent. I've never seen 20 better minutes of college ball than UNLV's first half against BYU; they could have taken on the 1990 championship team in that half (note: I didn't say they'd win). But the three games following illustrated the same old problems. If the team can put together 36 good minutes in one game, they are a force.

  10. The last game we lost and had almost 100 comments,today we win which I thought was supposed to be a good thing and we have a quarter of the comments because some people just like to come here and say how bad we are and we need a new coach. Great win, not because we beat them but how we did, by 31 points. Yes CSU is a low quality team but we didn't show this much drive and emotion in our first game vs. them when we won by 8. It showed me this team didn't quit so as real fans we shouldn't quit on them.

  11. Massamba played a nice game tonight. All season he's looked a little hesitant to insert his presence into a game, maybe because of the lack of consecutive minutes he gets. Today, however, he was relied on to be the man inside and rose to the occassion. He seemed to be able to handle the extra time physically as well.

  12. Excellent all around game. Intensity level where it should be EVERY game. Get the feeling that Marshall is going to be something very special before its all said and done.

    Great win but doesn't mean they haven't deserved a lot of the criticism given here. Criticism and being upset at losing does not equal bandwagon. Can be intolerant of poor effort and still love the Rebels.

  13. lcr: agreed, criticism and being upset does not equal bandwagon. Showing support when we are on a roll and then bailing (not filling up the seats at the T&M) once we hit a rough patch is what is pathetic. We indeed deserve criticism for how we played the past few games, but we laos deserve credit for how we played today. Let's hope we can carry the momentum forward, win out, and have a good showing in the conference tourney. Go Rebels!

  14. The student section was the most disappointing and pathetic. I can understand a casual fan not being interested in paying $30+ a seat (in the lower bowl) or wanting to sit in the upper section to attend a game that might not be competitive/compelling, but there is no excuse for the student section to have empty seats (quite a bit) when they get in for free!!

    Anyway I enjoy a game like this every so often where the atmosphere is more relaxed, younger players like Hawkins get more playing time and the bench players get in on the action.

    It's the small things that are most enjoyable sometimes.

  15. Bandwagon that's a crack up. I have lived and died with the rebels since 85. I will prop them when they deserve it and rip them apart when they need it, as a fan I have that right & can voice any opinion I want about this team & the coach. They beat CSU so what, they were supposed to, nothing accomplished with that game except a "W" in the win column. This team is only good when they shoot the 3 ball good & if the shots aren't falling they are a bad team. The only way the rebs get in the big dance is to win the MWC tourney. I love the rebels but am a realist as well.

  16. Great game, but have to worry about the mounting injuries...

  17. @BetOn

    You can say that about alot if not most teams. If they shoot well their good, if not the suck? Seriously? Great analysis.

  18. ps. your previous comments about Kruger and "Inner City Ballers", where is Bellfield, Shaw, Stanback and Thomas from? LA and Newark! What do you consider inner city? You call yourself a realist. That is laughable. You are a pessimist who likes to bash your team.

  19. The Rebels will benfit from a weak schedule down the stretch but they could have used a game like this sprinkled in with the tougher games to get some confidence. That was a rough stretch. I dont recall a stretch like that ever in conference before.

    Win out and make the semi's or finals and I think they are in.

  20. Born & Raised,
    This team is 1 dimensional, all you have to do to beat this team is double Willis - game over!!
    Just cuz they are from LA does not mean that they have the attitude of the hood in them when they play, obviously you aren't intelligent enough to correctly interperet a web comment. Compton, Watts, & Inglewood are full of real ballers that already have NBA level skill that don't have to be molded during a 4 yr. process.