The 1987 UNLV Final Four team was honored at halftime of today's game against Reno. It was a feel good moment, but more than anything it showed us how far this program has truly fallen. That fantastic Rebel team had reached the top of the mountain in college basketball, whereas this team has fallen to rock bottom levels. UNR helped throw some salt into that particular wound. The Pack came in and thoroughly embarrassed a Rebel squad that has clearly quit on the season. UNLV has now lost 9 games in a row, something that hasn't happened since the team's very first season all the way back in 1958.
UNLV played UNR even for about the first 5 minutes of the game, but as has happened constantly throughout the course of the season, the Rebels went into a monstrous scoring drought and they allowed a 16-2 run. The Rebels stopped playing defense from that point and the game was never competitive again. In fact, two Reno players combined to score more points than the entire UNLV team altogether.
Christian Jones and Cheickna Dembele were the only two Rebels who showed any consistent effort for the full contest. Jones scored 15 points and pulled down 5 rebounds. His fight was appreciated. Dembele, the freshman from Africa hustled his way to 8 points and 9 rebounds. Kudos to those guys for representing the scarlet and gray the right way.
Kris Clyburn and Jovan Mooring both reached double digits scoring. Clyburn had some solid flashes on his way to 12 points. Mooring also had 12, but the combo went a combined 9-23 from the floor, which has typified the teams scoring and shooting struggles the whole year. As a team UNLV once again shot below 40% for the game and a dismal 24% from deep.
UNLV is now 10-19 for the season and just 3-13 in conference play.