After halting a 9 game losing streak just a game ago, UNLV reverted back to their losing ways on the road this afternoon at Fresno State. The Rebels were once again plagued by bad shooting and self-inflicted mistakes. UNLV went without field goals for a combined 13 minutes plus in this one and they gave away the ball 16 times while they were at it. UNLV will now finish a conference race in last place for the first time in program history after dropping this one 72-59.
Kris Clyburn and Troy Baxter did show that the future has the potential to be bright moving forward for Marvin Menzies. Clyburn, a sophomore from Ranger College in Texas went for 18 points today and 12 rebounds on 6-9 shooting. His impressive double-double came off hustle plays, smart shots and a rim rattling dunk that helped breathe life into a UNLV run that got the team back within single digits towards the end of the game. Baxter, a true freshman hadn't seen the court since February 8th because of nagging injuries came off the bench and had some explosive moments. He went 3-4 in his brief spell on the floor, but showed why he was a consensus top 100 player coming out of high school. His monster dunk and emphatic blocked shot were some of the best plays UNLV has seen all season long.
Jovan Mooring and the rest of the Rebels had a rough night however. Outside of Clyburn and Baxter, UNLV went just 10-40 overall. While the team did show heart by battling Fresno State in the 2nd half, they just couldn't overcome the bombardment of mistakes that they made throughout the course of the game. Bad defense, bad shooting and careless play cost them yet again by the time the final buzzer had sounded.
The MWC Tournament gets underway this upcoming Wednesday and UNLV will be the 11 seed. They will find out tonight whether they will play either San Diego State, or New Mexico.