I got to see Saturday night’s sold out game at the Thomas and Mack, courtesy of my father-in-law. The Rebels have had only a so-so season, often playing, as R-J columnist Ed Graney said, like “a koala on Quaaludes.” Saturday night’s game started out in a familiar fashion, with BYUoutplaying on offense and UNLV looking less like a team than five random guys all playing on their own, actually seeming confused when they tried to work together.
But things clicked soon enough. By the end of the first half, the momentum was strong and the second half saw a real treat for UNLV fans: Wink Adams had a great night, at the line and all around. Mo Rutledge got more indomitable the closer he got to the net, growing practically unstoppable inside the key. Tre’Von Willis also stood out, scoring solidly and sinking his fair share of UNLV’s many three pointers. Though BYU brought it up to only a one point loss, UNLV was ahead by as much as 12 at one point in the second half.
This bodes well for the next stage.
And so as not to write a post without any dreary social commentary, on my way home I saw a police officer texting on his cell phone. While driving. Arrrgh!