February 28, 2016 - 3:43 pm
Five takeaways from the UNLV basketball team’s 79-74 victory over Wyoming on Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
1. Jerome Seagears is tough. He really shouldn’t be playing on his injured right heel, but Seagears put in 24 minutes and made 6 of 8 3-pointers despite missing the two previous days of practice. His 3-pointer with 3:45 to go gave the Rebels the lead for good at 65-62.
2. The importance of the return of Stephen Zimmerman Jr. to the lineup can’t be overstated. He finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds, and gave his teammates the chance to play their more normal positions and not have to be on the court for so many minutes.
3. Patrick McCaw doesn’t have to score to be effective. He made only 2 of 8 shots and totaled five points, but McCaw handed out nine of his team’s 21 assists. He also had the responsibility of guarding Wyoming’s Josh Adams, who scored 31 points, but McCaw made his own plays with three steals.
4. Derrick Jones Jr. is becoming a more complete player rather than just a high-flying dunker. He scored 48 points in the past two games combined and collected 16 rebounds. What’s more is Jones, a liability at the line all season, made 22 of 25 free throws in those two games.
5. Hello, time off. Except for Zimmerman, this comes at a welcome time for the Rebels. They need the mental break as much as a physical one.
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