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Carlos Lopez will be reevaluated for a sprained ankle

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Boise State’s Derrick Marks dunks in front of UNLV’s Quintrell Thomas during the first half of their game on Jan. 25, 2012, in Boise, Idaho.

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UNLV's Carlos Lopez (11) drives past Boise State's Kenny Buckner (42) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012, in Boise, Idaho. (AP Photo/Matt Cilley)

BOISE, Idaho — UNLV forward Carlos Lopez left Wednesday night’s 77-72 overtime victory against Boise State midway through the second half after rolling his right ankle.

Lopez had to be helped off the court and after briefly being looked at on the bench, he returned to the locker room and didn’t return for the rest of the game.

UNLV trainer Dave Tomchek said that Lopez suffered a sprain and will be reevaluated Thursday morning.

After the game, Lopez was walking under his own power without ice on the ankle.

In eight minutes on Wednesday, Lopez recorded one point, one rebound and two steals. Against New Mexico on Saturday, he scored a season-high 14 points.

Tight rotation

In the second half and overtime against the Broncos, Rebels outside of the regular rotation — the five starters plus Lopez and junior guard Justin Hawkins — played a combined seven minutes.

Quintrell Thomas played three minutes in the second half, Kendall Wallace played four minutes over the second half and overtime and Reggie Smith didn’t get off the bench.

Coach Dave Rice said on Monday that he hasn’t lost any confidence in Smith. However, while junior guard Anthony Marshall was dealing with foul trouble and an injury and senior guard Oscar Bellfield was on his way to 39 minutes, Rice never looked to Smith despite his decent play (he hit a 3-pointer) in four minutes.

Wallace confident

Wallace’s game at Boise State certainly wasn’t a breakout performance, but it served as further proof that he hasn’t lost any confidence in his play.

He played just three minutes in each half and one more in overtime, but during his time on the court in the second half he drilled a 3-pointer during UNLV’s 11-0 run.

It was just his third made basket since Dec. 23, but Wallace celebrated like Chace Stanback did during his 21-for-29 stretch behind the three-point line.

Rice has said that any time Wallace’s feet are set, he believes that it’s going in. Wallace does too, so as long as he’s still on the court he’ll keep firing.

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  1. Hopefully Lopez is okay. His offensive presence down low will be essential during the rest of conference play.

    You have to feel for Wallace. Clearly his knee has been bothering him throughout the season, but he always gives you 100%.

  2. I thought it was bull that smith was not in this game when he was needed. He's more athletic than Marshall, has a similar shooting percentage as chase, is the most unselfish by looking to pass, and sometimes when you put that guy in who is not the regular he brings a new energy and will to prove he belongs. That is what I call the signs of a first year coach who also has some learning to do.

  3. more athletic than Marshall? Faster, but more Athletic? That's nonsense. but what's new.

  4. @Djkgroup, Marshall is the most athletic player in the conference.

    Reggie Smith needs to handle the ball more carefully to get more playing time. His defense is not nearly at the same level as Hawkins, Marshall, or Bellfield, which is why he's the 4th option at this point in time.

    Dave Rice is doing a phenomenal job in his first year as a head coach.

  5. I'm with Jerry and Matt on this one. Reggie I don't think is more athletic than Marshall. I do think he should have gotten a little more playing time, but Coach put in the more experienced players who have been there in the past to get through tough games. And it worked. I love Reggie, don't get me wrong, but the decision was Coach Rice's and I think he knows best in this case what to do.

  6. I concur with #2,3&4!

  7. Love Reggie, but he is very shaky with the ball at times. Then again, Marshall makes a lot of dumb passes as well. You have to respect the experience of Marshall/Bellfield at this point. If Reggie can cut down on the turnovers, he will get his minutes no doubt.

  8. I would say hsi decision making ( Reggie) is still raw. Ive seen him hit some good jumpshots, but dont think hes doing much else yet. Give him time. ( I still think reinhardt is the starter next season!)

  9. Completely unrelated to article - Can we expire the "UNLV great Larry Johnson still upset he was never contacted to coach the Rebels" link that's on the right-hand side of every UNLV article? It's 6 months old, and if Larry was upset, he's probably over it by now. Just seems kind of inflammatory to leave that there indefinitely.