There's been a recurring theme in most of the Rebels games this season and today was no different. Costly turnovers and missed free throws were the story of this game, but it was Wyoming making those mistakes and not UNLV. Menzies team bounced back from a disappointing loss to open conference play by limiting its own turnovers and they used a balanced scoring attack to win its last home game of 2016 by a score of 81-75.
Five Rebels scored in double figures, led by Christian Jones' 15 points. Jones also recorded a double-double with 10 rebounds. He was highly efficient on offense using a mix of strong post moves and midrange jump shooting as he shot 50% from the floor. Tyrell Green and Jalen Poyser the tandem from Canada continued to prove that they are true to form bucket getters for this team. Each scored 14 points and they were able to pull down 10 rebounds between the two of them (6 for Green and 4 for Poyser). Uche Ofoegbu had his 2nd consecutive solid game as the USF transfer notched 12 points on 40% shooting from downtown.
The catalyst however was Jovan Mooring. The former D2 JUCO Player of the Year has had UNLV fans both loving and loathing him this year in equal parts. Today it was all love. Not only did he score 17 big points, but he also had a stellar performance dishing out assists. The sometimes sloppy Junior had 7 assists against only a single turnover and a couple of his slick passes late in the 2nd half helped keep the momentum going the way of the Rebels. Mooring wasn't done though. He hit clutch free throws as Wyoming tried to get a late rally going kept the Pokes at bay for good.
It was the kind of bounce back effort the Rebels needed. They out rebounded the best rebounding team in the conference and they made all the plays they needed to in order to even up their Mountain West record at 1-1.