Rebels hold on vs. CSU

UNLV answered every Ram run in the second half to secure a victory at the Thomas and Mack Center Monday night. And it wasn't easy. Colorado State shot a sizzling 72% in the second half, much of it due to a porous interior defense.

The Rebel offense answered the call with teamwork. After averaging only 11 assists over the last four games, UNLV dished out 17 assists, seven by Lou Kelly. Colorado State managed to clip the Rebel lead to only four points with just over two minutes left, but a clutch three pointer by Jevon Banks and free throw shooting down the stretch preserved the victory. UNLV jumped out of the gate quickly with a 7-0 lead and lead by as many as 14 points in the first half, but the Rebels could not pull away. In a stark contrast to the second half, the Rebels held the Rams to only 36% shooting over the first 20 minutes. UNLV went into the locker room with a 36-26 lead. Lou Kelly led the Rebels with 23 points. Ironically, Kelly was the only Rebel aside from Lafonte Johnson (0-2) to shoot under 50% from the floor as UNLV connected on 54% of their attempts. The majority of Kelly's points came in the second half as the Rams held Marcus Banks and Dalron Johnson in check during that time. The victory snaps a two game losing streak for the Rebels and brings their overall record to 9-7, 2-3 in Mountain West play. Colorado State drops to 8-9 overall and 0-3 in the conference.

Inside the Rebels Top Stories