Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012 | 1:20 a.m.
The odds of a random college player who made only one shot in nine minutes of action shooting up the charts on Sportscenter’s Top Plays are pretty low.
Enter long shot Quintrell Thomas.
With just more than eight minutes left in No. 21 UNLV’s 75-58 rout of Boise State on Wednesday night, Thomas stormed down the lane and cleaned up Justin Hawkins’ missed layup with an emphatic put-back slam.
The dunk set off the crowd and the Rebels, specifically sophomore forward Mike Moser, who got in Thomas’ face and refused to get out until Thomas acknowledged the awesomeness of the moment.
On a night full of NBA and college basketball action, ESPN tapped Thomas’ dunk as the No. 2 play of the night. Sportscenter anchor Stan Verrett called the highlight and pointed out the plight of the Broncos’ Drew Wiley, who tried to grab the rebound in front of Thomas and was actually whistled for a foul on the play.
“That guy from Boise State is like, ‘Great, now I’m going to be on Top Plays,’ ” Verrett said.
Making things worse for Wiley, he also shot 0-for-8 from the field, including 0-for-7 behind the three-point line.
Not everyone can be as lucky as Thomas. But was Wednesday’s dunk better than another Las Vegas-related highlight dunk that made No. 3 on Top Plays back in January? Take a look at Shabazz Muhammad’s slam and judge for yourself.