This is about the journey, and how ridiculously difficult it is, and how hard it has been for UNLV players of late to not only navigate, but reach its summit and stick in the league.
Gonzaga owned the lion’s share when it came to this whole leaving the West Coast Conference for the Mountain West scenario, but that doesn’t mean the league in which UNLV exists shouldn’t have made the effort.
The final horn sounded Thursday and an admirable UNLV effort had been squelched by a better opponent, meaning it was again time to assess another basketball season.
UNLV advanced to meet No. 1 seed UNR by outlasting Air Force 97-90 in overtime of a Mountain West tournament first-round game Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
It was over at halftime Wednesday, a 101-75 victory by the No. 21 ranked Wolf Pack, over enough for many of the announced gathering of 13,997 at Thomas Mack Center to head home before the final 20 minutes commenced.
The Rebels beat Air Force 81-73 and with it allowed UNLV to reach 30 wins over the short tenure of head coach Marvin Menzies.
UNLV junior Shakur Juiston was the best player on the floor Saturday night and because of it and other key contributions, UNLV beat San Diego State for the first time since 2013.
The Rebels lost another Mountain West home game Wednesday night in which they were a prohibitive favorite, this time falling to a New Mexico side with absolutely no depth and less talent than the Lobos have had in years.
After falling to Utah State 85-78 on Saturday, UNLV is 1-2 in Mountain West play and has dropped both conference games at the Thomas Mack Center.
Beyond what you might know about UNLV’s freshman basketball star Brandon McCoy exists a side unknown to most who cheer his every dunk. The 19-year old, who plays five instruments, embraces a love for music and its power to inspire far beyond a court and rim.