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UNLV leads at the half

The Rebels jumped out of the gates well and led by as many as xx points, but Weber State fought back and cut the lead to 37-32 at halftime at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Chace Stanback is once again leading the way for the Rebels with 11 first-half points.

The sophomore has come alive in the last three games, which is a good sign for UNLV.

Stanback sat out much of his freshman season at UNLV with a great deal of talent ahead of him on the depth chart.

He then had to sit out last year under NCAA rules after transferring, but he is finally coming into his own.

Stanback’s emergence as a scoring threat will be a huge boost to a team that already looks to be a contender in the Mountain West Conference.

Oscar Bellfield added three points and four assists in the first half for UNLV. Matt Shaw has six points after hitting a pair of 3-pointers.

Kyle Bullinger has seven points to lead the Wildcats.

Plea to Livengood

Jim Livengood was named the new athletic director today after a lengthy search.

He is getting his first look at the jewel of his new university tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.

He should know this already, but on behalf of everyone that follows UNLV sports, let me just say this to the new A.D.

Please, Mr. Livengood, just stay away from the basketball program.

It’s in good hands and is getting better every year. Just stay away.

If you ever have a conversation with Lon Kruger about anything, make it be simply to ask what you can do to help.

If that answer is anything but raise money or get me a coffee, ignore it. Do whatever you have to with every other program at the school, but leave this one alone.

Thanks.

Zone breaker

Most people think that you must shoot from the outside or use the dribble to penetrate to effectively beat a zone.

There’s another way to do it.

Shortly after Weber State went to a 2-3 zone late in the first half, Tre’Von Willis lobbed up a pass from well outside to a cutting Derrick Jasper on the other side of the court.

As he has several times already this season, Jasper easily threw down a dunk to easily break the zone.

That works too.

Seeing action

Brice Massamba’s minutes have decreased rapidly in recent games, but he has been very effective tonight.

Shortly after coming into the game, the sophomore center grabbed a rebound with one hand and in the same motion threw down an acrobatic slam dunk.

The replay was shown three times on the big screen and the roar from the crowd grew each time.

Massamba was fired up by the play, as well.

When he hit the ground, he screamed and pumped his fist.

Perhaps it was the type of play that will get him going in the right direction as the season progresses.

Touching tribute

The lights at the Thomas & Mack were turned off at halftime and the faces of four Metro officers that have lost their lives in the past year were shown on the big screens in the arena.

Several officers that have served in Iraq were then brought to center court and honored.

 

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