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Rebels’ leading scorer out indefinitely with injured knee

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UNLV guard, Rashad Vaughn, drives against Fresno State guard, Julien Lewis (14), during the first half of their game on Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

UNLV’s leading scorer will be out at least until the conference tournament, making a thin rotation even shorter off the bench.

Freshman Rashad Vaughn suffered a torn meniscus in his left knee late in the victory against Fresno State, UNLV announced today. He’s out indefinitely, though the Rebels said it’s possible he could return in time for the Mountain West tournament, which begins March 11 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“We are very disappointed for Rashad,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said in a statement. “He is having a great freshman year and has been an extremely valuable player on our team. We know he will work very hard to get back on the court as soon as possible and we will support him in every way.”

Vaughn had 18 points and five rebounds in the Fresno State game, nearly identical to his season averages of 17.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He scored 30 last weekend at Colorado State, the second time this season he reached that scoring plateau.

Vaughn missed a bulk of training time this offseason with an injury to his other knee.

The Rebels’ rotation already only went eight deep, so there’s not much depth to draw from as UNLV attempts to replace the guy who averaged the second-most minutes. The immediate impact will probably mean more of a scoring burden on freshman Pat McCaw, more minutes for freshman Jordan Cornish and, perhaps, some actual floor time for freshman Dantley Walker.

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

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