Karam Mashour’s dunk gives UNLV a highlight to cherish all season

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UNLV fans cheer Karam Mashour after the Rebels 89-57 defeat of Cal State-Bakersfield Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield.

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UNLV's Mike Moser, Carlos Lopez, Oscar Bellfield and Brice Massamba celebrate a Karam Mashour dunk against Cal State-Bakersfield during their game Thursday, Jan. 5, 2012 at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. UNLV won their final non-conference game 89-57. Launch slideshow »

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — When the Rebels look back at this season, it’s very possible that a meaningless dunk in the waning minutes of a blowout victory will be one of their top moments.

It was that good.

“Oh my goodness. That was the highlight of the game,” sophomore forward Mike Moser said. “That was really entertaining.”

Moser was talking about his roommate, sophomore guard Karam Mashour.

Mashour, who scored a season-high eight points against Central Arkansas on Dec. 28, entered the game with just more than four minutes remaining. He immediately went coast-to-coast and missed a layup.

Three minutes later, a busted possession turned into the highlight of his career.

“Everything just felt right,” said junior guard Justin Hawkins.

After Mashour missed a 3-pointer from the right wing, Hawkins grabbed the rebound in the opposite corner. He dribbled back into the middle around the free-throw line and then flipped a pass to the right baseline, where Mashour had charged in and left his feet about 12 feet from the basket.

In real time it seemed like an ill-advised attempt. Mashour was far from the basket, and standing in his way was 6-foot-8, 285-pound center Andre Jackson. But on replay it looks almost like a designed play.

Mashour charged in, sailing with his right hand high above the rim and finished it with authority.

“It’s been two years that Karam wanted to dunk like that,” Hawkins said. “I always told him that whenever we’re in the game together, I’m going to give you the ball when you’ve got the chance. Everything just opened for him.”

The dunk and following celebration — a sort of primal scream — sent the UNLV bench into hysterics.

When asked about the slam, coach Dave Rice didn’t miss a beat.

“It was pretty good,” Rice said. “It was almost as good as the 3 the other guy hit after (Mashour) did the celebration.”

Oh well. That just gives Mashour something to improve on in his next highlight.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. Hope there is a better angle somewhere... doesn't look like THAT great of a dunk.

    http://youtu.be/G7pcbYQQrkc

  2. "It was pretty good," Rice said. "It was almost as good as the 3 the other guy hit after (Mashour) did the celebration."

    Coach Rice just gets it. This is a great example as to why this team is in good hands. Go Rebels!

  3. Couldn't agree more Strykertyme.

  4. As nice as that dunk was, the best part about it is the guys' reaction on the bench! It's great seeing how excited they are for a teammate! Go Rebs!

  5. No. 17 in the nation is seriously impressive. Keep up the great work in conference play, Rebels!

  6. Looked like a regular dunk to me, wasn't really over that other player, he was late getting there. Waste of an article, team was excited because it was their 10th player off the bench aka practice player occasional garbage time guy. If that is one of their top moments Rebels are about to go on a 15 game losing streak and finish last in the MWC.

  7. Was a really good dunk, jumping from pretty far out and getting great height while almost eating a whack in the face from Jackson who picked up a tech early for talking smack to Thomas. You just have to feel for Karam if you've kept up with the rebels since he has been here and the bench went wild too. It's a true team effort, and everyone is pulling for their teammates.

  8. For a guy from Israel, and can jump that high with no regard for the guy that was twice his size under the hoop, that was an impressive dunk. Not over the guy, but just how he was so devoted at that moment to just glide and try to get those two points...epic.

  9. Hopefully that won't be the highlight of the Rebel's season as it was just above a standard dunk. Considering who it was and the background makes it better but it still looked like a 7, maybe 7.5.

    I like the Kenneth Faried dunk a couple of nights ago for the Denver Nuggets--quite a bit better:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWTrOWOl1...

    Also, did ya see the SI.com bit on the #11th-ranked Rebels (power rating)? Great pics of the '90,'91 Rebels (including a bloody Dave Rice)!
    http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2012/wr...

  10. @AmLowLife, great link from S.I.

  11. nice ball movement.

  12. I like the SI article, and am impressed to see us at #11 in the power rankings. Still, while I love the pics of the "glory days," it would have been nice if there was some commentary in the article about our current team.

  13. I feel for him a little...I think he got in Krugers doghouse last year when he refused to redshirt....because to me he is wasting a little bit on the bench.....I think he has a lot of energy, athleticism, and offensive ability...I think he would bring some creativeness...but just not working out to have a spot in the rotation....and its not going to get easier for him....Katin, Cook, Jones coming....his playing time hopes are in trouble.....

  14. PS...I like Kendall Wallace an all, but Mashour should be getting his minutes....Loyalty is cool, but Kendall is clearly not recovered,little overweight i think and costs us points scored, and defended every single time he gets in.

  15. Congrats Karam. Moat people don't realize the importance that players like you have to a team. After all it is you who they play against to get that good. Keep up the good work and you'll earn your minutes....

    To all the haters... Atleast he is playing D1.. what about you???

  16. good for him for getting a dunk in the game. I wonder how many of us have ever dunked, period? however, that was not from 12 feet away, the lane is not that wide, Taylor. nice play, but hardly what I expected after the tweet you sent out.

    Karam doesn't get a lot of PT because he is completely lost on defense. go to a practice and you'll see. that was his problem with Kruger, and until he gets it fixed he'll be the 10th guy in the rotation with Rice too. he also shoots nothing like Kendall, even though KW seems to be a shadow of himself. oh yeah, and they play different positions too...