Tim Duryea was preparing for basketball season, about to begin his head coaching career at Utah State when his phone rang. It was then-UNLV coach Dave Rice letting Duryea know he was about to lose one of his best players in forward David Collette.
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A week after being suspended from team, Bryce Dejean-Jones returned to score 22 points off the bench as UNLV held off a late charge to defeat Wyoming 71-67 in a Mountain West tournament quarterfinal at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The San Diego State coaches probably were wrapping up their scouting report of Colorado State when Spencer Butterfield made it as valuable as a counterfeit $100 bill.
In a tough spot, it always helps to have experience. Junior forward Roscoe Smith realizes the predicament — and opportunity — in front of UNLV. The Rebels must win three games in three days or there will be no NCAA Tournament trip at the end of a failed season.
A movie once was made on the idea that a mirror has two faces, that the relationship between mind and body can take different forms, that what we see on the outside might not necessarily be a person’s true character.
ODDS TO WIN 2014 AAC TOURNAMENT
The Lady Rebels almost were crushed again. They withstood first- and second-half runs by San Jose State that almost ended their basketball season. But UNLV rallied to beat the Spartans 78-75 for its first conference tournament victory since 2009.
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It appeared Anthony Bennett might be unstoppable. The bigger the game, the better the UNLV freshman forward typically plays, and he opened at his best. But then he disappeared, and eventually so did the Rebels’ hopes of winning a title Saturday afternoon.
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Fresno State went on a stunning 23-point run to take a 22-point second-half lead — and had to hold on to win.
Something about the Mountain West tournament brings out the best in New Mexico junior guard Tony Snell.
Top-seeded New Mexico used a big run to pull away from fourth-seeded San Diego State and advance to the Mountain West tournament championship game with a 60-50 victory in the first semifinal game on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
I’m not so sure it’s this simple, but for all the weirdness of this college basketball season, it just might be: My esteemed colleague, fellow Review-Journal columnist Ron Kantowski, viewed Katin Reinhardt’s recent shooting slump in the most basic of terms.
Wyoming appeared headed for another big comeback victory Friday.
The Rebels beat Colorado State 75-65 tonight in a Mountain West conference semifinal at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV will face No. 1 seed New Mexico for the championship at 3 p.m. Saturday.
It is closing in on 11 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center and Buster Bronco, the Boise State mascot, is starting to morph into Secretariat, “The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson” mascot. I am starting to lose it.
If coach Dave Rice’s enthusiasm is contagious, and his players catch his big-game fever, UNLV should be primed to put on an entertaining late-night show tonight.
UNLV suffered a loss in Mountain West basketball tournament quarterfinals to New Mexico for the second year in a row, losing 72-59 today. The Lady Rebels’ season ended at 12-19.
MOUNTAIN WEST MATCHUPS
It’s not always so easy to slow Kendall Williams, but even when the junior guard is an offensive no-show, New Mexico keeps rolling anyway.
Less than one week ago, Derrick Marks and Anthony Drmic combined for 50 points, including 34 of Boise State’s 38 in the second half, to lift the Broncos to a four-point win over San Diego State in the teams’ regular-season finale.