UNLV demonstrated all their hard work from practice, in their last game in the Maui Invitational against Davidson. Unfortunately, they ran out of time in the end, and the Rebels dropped their fourth game of the season, 73-77. Throughout the tournament, the team improved each game, but still has a lot to build on, as they progress in the 2020-21 season.
The Runnin’ Rebels kicked off the game with a 3-pointer by Bryce Hamilton, assisted by Caleb Grill. Hamilton had an immense game with 27 points, four rebounds, four assists, and two steals.
The Wildcats outscored UNLV 12-2 in the paint in the first half. The Runnin’ Rebels were held to 9-of-28 shooting. The Rebels struggled offensively, missing five layups in the first half alone. They only shot 39% from the court.
“They’re a very cerebral team,” coach T.J. Otzleberger said. “When you guard things a certain way, they have a lot of counters and things to take advantage of. We felt like disrupting their rhythm was going to be important to us getting stops. Our guys did a really good job of that.”
The two teams entered the second half, with UNLV trailing by 12 points (29-41), but they managed to increase their shooting percentage to 50%.
The Runnin’ Rebels definitely showed better effort, with five lead changes and five ties throughout the game. After trailing by as many as 14 points (51-37) with 13 minutes left in the game, the Runnin' Rebels fought back to cut the deficit to just three points, at 60-57 with five minutes to go, then two points late.
Hamilton had his outburst in the last two minutes of the game, adding an additional 11 points for the Rebels, but their tournament ended in a close loss.
With efficiency and consistency being a big part of a team like UNLV, they’re certainly starting to fill into those shoes on the court. They continue to prepare for Mountain West play, with three more non-conference games. The Runnin’ Rebels will travel to Manhattan, Kansas, to face Kansas State on Saturday, December 5, at 5 p.m. PT. You can watch the game live on Big 12 Now on ESPN+, or listen to the radio broadcast on ESPN 1100 Las Vegas.