There are different kinds of wins in sports. Ones when you outplay an opponent. Ones when you don’t and still succeed. Ones when you make your owns breaks. Ones when the other guys break down. UNLV’s basketball team had another kind Saturday. “This was a character win,” Rebels coach Dave Rice said.
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A furious rally by quarterback Blake Decker couldn’t survive the magic of a touchdown pass with no time on the clock, and Hawaii defeated UNLV, 37-35, on Saturday night in Honolulu.
Chris Wood and Goodluck Okonoboh played well for the Rebels Saturday night against Temple, and Dave Rice righted the ship after a bad loss on Friday.
UNLV is a 3.5-point underdog against Temple in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center today at 4 p.m.
Chris Wood scored 16 of his career-high 18 points in the second half to carry UNLV to a 57-50 victory over Temple in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic third-place game at the Barclays Center. Wood, a 6-foot-11-inch sophomore forward, also tied his career high with 13 rebounds.
The football season became a lost cause weeks ago, the coach’s job is anything but secure, and the stability of the program is again in question. So if UNLV’s players were going to check out on what little remains of the season, it wouldn’t be a big surprise. Except the Rebels finish against opponents that should get their full attention.
The UNLV women’s basketball team shot only 31 percent from the field in a 79-60 loss to Missouri on Friday night in the Rainbow Wahine Classic at Honolulu.
After all the difficulty UNLV had with Stanford on Friday night, it’s probably fortunate the Rebels will not be playing a top-10 opponent like Duke on Saturday. Not that Temple is an easy draw.
Is there such a thing as a season-defining moment for a college basketball team in just its fourth game? For UNLV, it will find out Saturday.
This is going to be a team that begins and ends with the backcourt performance. Friday night’s debacle is a prime example.
Anthony Brown and Chasson Randle, a pair of senior guards, took UNLV’s highly touted freshmen to school and introduced them to big-time college basketball. It was a rude introduction.
UNLV is a 7.5-point underdog when they face Stanford in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at the Barclays Center today at 4 p.m.
It’s a story Goodluck Okonoboh has told countless times. He is fortunate to tell it, though, so he never tires of it.
Winds of change could be gusting in Honolulu on Saturday night, when Bobby Hauck, a beleaguered football coach on the hot seat, guides UNLV into one of his biggest games of the season.
UNLV, one of the nation’s most potent offenses in collegiate soccer, failed to score when it mattered most Thursday night. UC Irvine used two goals from Cameron Iwasa to eliminate the Rebels 3-0 in the first round of the NCAA men’s soccer tournament.
Hawaii’s football program is losing money again, but the athletic department can’t afford to cut the program. The situation leaves athletic director Ben Jay with no easy answers.
History is pretty clear on this: You can’t begin listing the greatest Final Four games and not mention many — Magic vs. Larry in 1979, Texas Western and its all-black starting five vs. Kentucky in 1966, Jim Valvano looking for someone to hug in 1983, Villanova slaying Georgetown in 1985 — before reaching games between UNLV and Duke in 1990 and 1991.
Stefan Nastic and the Cardinal — like the Rebels — have started the year 2-0. While the Rebels have survived a pair of last-second shots for two narrow home victories, Stanford has handled South Dakota State and Wofford with relative ease.
Five things to look for when UNLV’s football team plays at Hawaii at 8 p.m. PST Saturday.
Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian has made substantial improvement in the past 24 hours, but he remains hospitalized after contracting pneumonia Wednesday.
It has been 23 years since Mike Krzyzewski coached Duke against UNLV, and the two sides finally could cross paths again this weekend. But even if a long-awaited showdown does not materialize Saturday, the Rebels and Blue Devils are set to face off in the future.
Hawaii’s Scott Harding, a punter who can kick with either foot, is a Ray Guy Award semifinalist. Oh and he plays wide receiver and returns punts. Not to mention a 28-year-old who used to play in the Australian Football League.
It’s a difficult thing, almost impossible at times, to preach freedom as a coach one minute and urge discipline the next.
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