With some teams, you never know what you are going to get from game to game. When it comes to this UNLV team, you never know what you are going to get from half to half. Once more Marvin Menzies team had a fantastic half of basketball. In the opening 20 minutes UNLV moved the ball well and hit open three pointers. As a result they went into the visiting locker rooms in San Jose up 36-27 and it looked like they were going to cruise over the cellar dwelling Spartans. But that's why you play the games. As the 2nd half got underway, it was apparent that UNLV was going to have one of its prototypical bad halves. THe ball stagnated on offense and the defense became lax. From there it was like what UNLV experienced at Wyoming in their previous game, just in reverse. The Spartans stole the momentum and ultimately the game 76-72. UNLV has now fallen to 10-12 on the season and 9th place within the lowly MWC.
Jovan Mooring once again led UNLV in scoring. Menzies new star totaled 17 points while shooting 50% from three point land. Mooring also dished out 4 assists, but had 4 costly turnovers to go along with them. Uche Ofoegbu went for 10 points and was solid across the board. He shot 50% from the floor and from distance, while also bringing down 5 rebounds. Jalen Poyser continued to struggle shooting from the floor. Poyser went just 1-7, but he did a very good job of getting to the line where he went 11-13.
At a certain point of the season a fan just has to accept the identity of what their team ultimately is. This UNLV squad is just inconsistent. They're capable of putting together around 20 minutes of competent basketball and the other 20 will be detrimental to say the least. The Rebels went 0-2 on a road trip that they needed in order to remain in the MWC race. Dropping these games means that they'll have to rely on the Mountain West Tournament to have a shot at the NCAA tournament. That was most likely going to be the case regardless, so no surprises there. UNLV is back in action at home on February 1st against New Mexico.