It has taken a few games, but the Rebel offense appears to finally be clicking. The Rebels shot 52% from the floor and committed a season low 7 turnovers in an 87-75 victory over UNR Thurday night before an announced crowd of 10,100 fans at the Thomas and Mack Center.
Reno scored the first two baskets of the game, but the Rebels responded with 14 straight points and never relinquished the lead after that. UNLV pushed the lead to 14 points on three occasions in the first half before settling for a 40-28 advantage at the break.
The Rebel lead was never in jeopardy in the second half as UNLV was able to increase the lead to 17 points. The closest the Wolfpack was able to get was 66-57 with 4:59 left.
Marcus Banks led all Rebel scorers with a career high 22 points. He also added two assists, two blocks and a steal for UNLV. The Rebels also showed a new facet to their offense as Banks was able to take advantage of his strength and quickness in the low post.
Vince Booker tied his career high with 12 points for UNLV.
Chris Richardson brought some much needed energy to the Rebels as he registered a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Richardson also added 3 assists and 2 steals to round out a solid performance.
Lou Kelly and Dalron Johnson were the other Rebels in double figures with 13 and 10 points respectively.
Jevon Banks received some extended minutes for the first time this season and he responded with a career high 9 points in 15 minutes of play.
The 5-3 Rebels next host Texas in the first game of a doubleheader in the Las Vegas Shootout Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack. Tipoff is at 6:35 pm and will be televised on ESPN2. The second game features Stanford against BYU.