It might be time to put Patrick McCaw on milk cartons. The sophomore guard had another quiet performance during UNLV’s 59-57 meltdown loss at Wyoming on Saturday. McCaw scored eight points on 2 for 7 shooting. McCaw, who had 11 points against Colorado State and two versus Fresno State, has been on an offensive funk the last month, but somehow he still leads the team in scoring with 13.3 points per game.
Derrick Jones Jr., like McCaw, has had subpar outings after a strong nonconference start. Jones, however, was productive versus Wyoming with 10 points.
Jerome Seagears has been completely lost on the floor since McCaw took over point guard duties. The senior guard scored one point and missed his six shot attempts.
The Rebel guards got torched defensively by Jason McManamen and Josh Adams, who combined for 29 points.
UNLV (9-7, 0-3 Mountain West) essentially got nothing from Ben Carter and Stephen Zimmerman Jr. offensively, but the two held their own defensively. Zimmerman grabbed 12 rebounds to go with nine points. Carter provided hustle play to go along with four points, two rebounds and two assists.
Ike Nwamu scored 10 points against the Cowboys. Nwamu hit two 3-pointers and grabbed three rebounds. Jordan Cornish chipped in six points.
The demands for Dave Rice’s dismissal from Rebel Nation just got a lot louder. UNLV fans have made their voices heard on sports radio talk and Twitter this week about Rice. The fifth-year coach didn’t help his case with a disoriented performance from his team.
Rice’s squad did play defense, but it was lost on offense. Half-court offense continues to be a problem and UNLV has been dismal from three-point range.
UNLV didn’t play like a desperate team and that blame should go to Rice.
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