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Giving up too many offensive rebounds hinders Rebels in loss



TCU forward Amric Fields, rear, and UNLV guard Justin Hawkins (31) grapple for control of the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. (AP Photo/Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins) MAGS OUT


UNLV 's Chace Stanback reacts in the final seconds of overtime in an NCAA college basketball game against TCU on Feb. 14, 2012, in Fort Worth, Texas. Stanback had 17 points in the 102-97 loss to TCU. Launch slideshow »

FORT WORTH, Texas — It would be easy to blame UNLV’s bigs for the 19 offensive rebounds the Rebels surrendered in Tuesday’s 102-97 overtime loss at TCU.

It would also be wrong.

There’s no better example for this than TCU starting forward Craig Williams’ departure midway through the second half.

Williams had been a big factor offensively for TCU when he knocked down a couple of 3-pointers. He finished with 10 points when he fouled out with 9:54 remaining.

But Williams left the game with four rebounds, only two of which were offensive.

The Horned Frogs piled up their offensive boards from nearly every direction. Nine TCU players saw the court on Tuesday, and only Garlon Green didn’t get at least one.

Starting guard J.R. Cadot led the way with five on his way to a double-double with 12 total rebounds and 16 points.

Cadot had arguably the most important offensive rebound of the night late in overtime as his putback layup put the Horned Frogs ahead by five.

The Horned Frogs grabbed eight offensive rebounds after Williams left the game.

Q in the queue

Junior forward Quintrell Thomas seems to have cemented his spot, for now at least, ahead of sophomore forward Carlos Lopez in the big-man rotation.

Lopez returned from an ankle sprain in last week’s loss at Wyoming. Over the past three games, including that one, Thomas has played 30 more minutes than Lopez.

If Lopez isn’t healthy then the decision is moot, but he’s been moving around well in practice and in games, and UNLV coach Dave Rice hasn’t given any indication that Lopez is significantly less than 100 percent.

The decision is probably due more to Thomas’ solid streak of games. He scored a team-high 15 at Wyoming and on Tuesday he scored seven points on 2-of-2 shooting and grabbed four rebounds in 19 minutes.

When starting center Brice Massamba went to the bench midway through the second half with his fourth foul, Rice went with Thomas the whole way. Lopez, who missed two shots and committed two fouls in two minutes of play, didn’t see any action in the second half.

Second-half letdown

UNLV entered the game with a 17-0 record when it led at halftime. The Rebels led TCU 48-43 at halftime, but that perfect streak went up in smoke along with the Rebels’ 18-point lead.

UNLV’s second-half dominance had pulled it out of sticky situations earlier this season, but that magic was nowhere to be found Tuesday.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. It's fitting that "The Rebel Room" segment on the top right of this page still has the story, "Rebels hit the century mark against TCU". Just switch the teams and the title still fits.

    Our guards had 10 turnovers, and we were grossly out-rebounded.

    Our perimeter defense is just as bad as it has been all year. There's a reason 3 guards from other teams have had CAREER highs against us.

  2. This one cant be fixed, our seeding is gone, New Mexico will route us on national TV on sat. And our chance to get back to big time basketball program is gone. I dont think that in my over 30yrs of being a rebel fan that Ive ever seen a team play with no heart, they read there press clipinfs and think there in, well there out. The best seeding we can hpe for is maybe a 8 or 9 and those are the worst ones, they have let themselves down and its a shame to see any UNLV team play without heart.

  3. you have no real basis to make that call. maybe at the end of conference play. great 30 yr fan right here ^^^

  4. Dare we say....the Rebels are soft. Lack mental toughness when it counts?

  5. Everyone chill! My god, we drop a game and now "we can't be fixed". We won the national championship after losing to UC Santa Barbara and New Mexico State that year. I bet stupid fans were also thinking those losses would do us in. This is how basketball works. Sometimes you lose games. We've lost 5 games! 5! And if you weren't a "jump on the bandwagon" fan, you'd take this as it really is - a great season and a solid team with a lot of potential to do damage in March.

  6. Alright so we had a bad game, but remember we were all going crazy when they topped SDSU Saturday. Remember these are 18-20 year old kids with a first year coach YET they are 22-5 with some really big wins this year. Yes, they have some things to learn and they will. Be proud of our team, they need the support of Las Vegas this weekend against UNM. How many of you can say 'you' followed Rebel basketball this closely in the recent years? They got your attention and the attention of a lot of Las Vegans and have been nationally ranked most of the year. Go Rebels.

  7. Truth is, 3 teams are at the top of the MWC standings now and battling for it down the stretch. I definitely thought we'd drop another game, either NM or CSU, but not TCU. It happens, and it's a bad loss, it will probably even drop our seed predictions, but you all had to have seen it coming with the OT road games earlier in the season. There is very little defense being played. The guys needed to slow the bleeding instead of jacking up shots when the time came, and I know Rice tells them to shoot if they feel comfortable, but there's nothing wrong with taking another 10 seconds off the clock when you are up 18. I put that loss on Coach Rice instead of the players. There needs to be some sort of change, show of heart, or be more aggressive in those situations.