This was one of those games that shows just how far UNLV has to go as a program. It's one thing to get run out of the gym by the likes of Duke and Kansas, but it's another thing entirely to get drubbed by a team like Colorado State who is in a similar situation as the Rebels. The Rams only have ten players available to them (Most of them JUCO transfers), yet they looked light years ahead of where UNLV is at currently. For all of the talk of conference play being a fresh start for Menzies and his team, it was the same old problems from the out of conference slate that doomed them on the night.
UNLV was in control the entire 1st half and then they proceeded to turn the ball over on 3 straight possessions that led to a 10-0 CSU run. The Rebels never regained momentum from that point and the run carried over into the 2nd half by way of a 25-3 margin. This team had shown fight many times over in previous games, but it seemed beyond them in Ft Collins. The team got killed on the glass (37-47), played listlessly on defense and one dimensionally on offense. The Rams put up 91 points and the Rebels shot a woeful 38% on their way to a 14 point defeat.
Troy Baxter was one of the lone bright spots. He played with effort and energy and he was the leading scorer for the team off the bench with 15 points. He showed a deft touch from both midrange and distance. Uche Ofoegbu played his best game of the season as well by chipping in 13 points on 4-4 shooting. Kris Clyburn and Jalen Poyser scored 12 points apiece, but the starting backcourt went a combined 7-19 from the floor.
Road games in the Mountain West have always been brutal, so if UNLV wants to keep pace in conference they are going to have to come to play at home New Year's Eve against Wyoming.