Rebels stink it up, lose to mediocre Wyoming.

Relying on the ability to come back can be a dangerous thing. Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack, the Rebels never got the second half spark as UNLV fell to Wyoming in the conference opener for both teams.

Relying on the ability to come back can be a dangerous thing. Saturday night at the Thomas and Mack, the Rebels never got the second half spark as UNLV fell to Wyoming in the conference opener for both teams.

UNLV shot an ice cold 27% from the floor overall and connected on only 6-30 (20%) shots in the second half. In fact, in the second half UNLV almost matched their total points from the floor (16) with points from the free throw line (14).

Wyoming led by a slim 32-29 at the break, but the Cowboys shot a blistering 61% from the field in the second half. The Cowboys scored six straight points early in the second half to lead 40-32. The Rebels never mustered a serious run at the Cowboys after that, cutting the lead to seven points twice in the second half.

The Rebels were lead by Dalron Johnson's 19 points and 7 rebounds. Senior Chris Richardson chipped in 11 points and 6 rebounds. The two were the only Rebels to shoot above 50% from the floor. The rest of the Rebels shot a combined 5-41 (12%) from the floor.

Two of the Rebel big three, Marcus Banks and Lou Kelly, suffered their worst games of the season. Both players scored 10 points, but most were from the free throw line. Banks was only 2-13 from the floor while Kelly remained basketless for the second straight game on 0-9 shooting.

The loss drops the Rebels to 7-5 overall and 0-1 in the conference. UNLV next faces Air Force Monday night in the first game of a three game road swing.


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