Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 | 10:50 p.m.
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FORT WORTH, Texas — It would be easy to blame UNLV’s bigs for the 19 offensive rebounds the Rebels surrendered in Tuesday’s 102-97 overtime loss at TCU.
It would also be wrong.
There’s no better example for this than TCU starting forward Craig Williams’ departure midway through the second half.
Williams had been a big factor offensively for TCU when he knocked down a couple of 3-pointers. He finished with 10 points when he fouled out with 9:54 remaining.
But Williams left the game with four rebounds, only two of which were offensive.
The Horned Frogs piled up their offensive boards from nearly every direction. Nine TCU players saw the court on Tuesday, and only Garlon Green didn’t get at least one.
Starting guard J.R. Cadot led the way with five on his way to a double-double with 12 total rebounds and 16 points.
Cadot had arguably the most important offensive rebound of the night late in overtime as his putback layup put the Horned Frogs ahead by five.
The Horned Frogs grabbed eight offensive rebounds after Williams left the game.
Q in the queue
Lopez returned from an ankle sprain in last week’s loss at Wyoming. Over the past three games, including that one, Thomas has played 30 more minutes than Lopez.
If Lopez isn’t healthy then the decision is moot, but he’s been moving around well in practice and in games, and UNLV coach Dave Rice hasn’t given any indication that Lopez is significantly less than 100 percent.
The decision is probably due more to Thomas’ solid streak of games. He scored a team-high 15 at Wyoming and on Tuesday he scored seven points on 2-of-2 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes.
When starting center Brice Massamba went to the bench midway through the second half with his fourth foul, Rice went with Thomas the whole way. Lopez, who missed two shots and committed two fouls in two minutes of play, didn’t see any action in the second half.
UNLV entered the game with a 17-0 record when it led at halftime. The Rebels led TCU 48-43 at halftime, but that perfect streak went up in smoke along with the Rebels’ 18-point lead.
UNLV’s second-half dominance had pulled it out of sticky situations earlier this season, but that magic was nowhere to be found Tuesday.