If one word could be said to sum up UNLV's 63-59 home loss against TCU tonight, it would be careless. The Rebels turned the ball over a stomach turning 19 times and shot themselves in the foot over and over. The game was only as close as it was, because the Rebels played hard despite mental errors and also because the Horned Frogs were almost as bad at the free throw line as UNLV was at taking care of the ball. TCU went 15-28 from the charity stripe and let the sloppy Rebels hang around until the final buzzer sounded.
Jalen Poyser was a big reason the score was competitive. He kept up his hot shooting from long range. The standout guard went 4-7 from three point land and tallied 19 points in the game overall. Junior Dwayne Morgan had to deal with early foul trouble, but he didn't let that negatively effect him. The Baltimore native stayed aggressive and ended up with 13 points and 7 big rebounds. Tyrell Green was the only other UNLV player to reach double figures in scoring. The senior went for 10 points and a respectable 5 boards.
UNLV was without star forward Christian Jones for the second straight game. The senior who played three seasons at St. John's has been arguably the Rebels best player. His scoring average for the season is 14 points per game and he also does a solid job on the glass, bringing down 7 rebounds per contest. Clearly he could have made a difference for the Rebels who had their chances. Again, it came down to giveaways. Uche Ofoegbu and Jovan Mooring turned the ball over 11 times between the two of them. Both guards are vitally important players for Marvin Menzies and his Runnin' Rebels, but they both regressed badly this night.
The Rebels won't have long to wallow over this one. It will be right back to the drawing board as they host the Hilltoppers of Western Kentucky in a quick turn around tomorrow evening. It will be interesting to see if the Rebels can clean up their act in less than 24 hours.