No. 11 UNLV beats Colorado State 82-63By OSKAR GARCIA, Associated Press Thursday, Feb 2, 2012
LAS VEGAS (AP)—Oscar Bellfield appears to have his shooting touch back for No. 11 UNLV, giving the Runnin’ Rebels another dimension to an ensemble that has won five straight games and 12 of its last 13.
Bellfield and Chace Stanback both scored 16 points as UNLV pushed past Colorado State 82-63 on Wednesday night.
“Oscar needed it for Oscar but more importantly, his teammates have confidence in him,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “He’s continued to have confidence.”
Bellfield was 4 of 8 from beyond the 3-point line in matching a season-high for points he set earlier this season against then-No. 1 North Carolina.
Bellfield is shooting 44.4 percent over his last three games after making just five field goals combined during his previous three games—including a 1-for-12 performance against then-No. 22 San Diego State to open Mountain West Conference play.
“He’s back making the shots he’s capable of,” Rice said.
Anthony Marshall and Mike Moser scored 13 points each for the Runnin’ Rebels (21-3, 5-1). Moser fell two rebounds shy of a double-double, ending a four-game personal streak for the reigning conference player of the week.
The Rams (14-7, 3-3) came within two points of UNLV after starting the second half on an 11-0 run. But the Rebels responded with a 15-4 spurt started by Stanback and Marshall to put the game out of reach.
“In 2 minutes, our lead was gone,” Colorado State coach Tim Miles said. “We gave them three possessions without touching the ball.”
Wes Eikmeier led Colorado State with 18 points, while Dorian Green scored 15.
UNLV fell behind 19-12 nearly 7 minutes into the game, then went on a 20-2 run over the next 8 minutes to take a 32-21 lead.
“We got off to a rough start,” Rice said. “We picked up our defensive intensity.”
With the game tied at 19, Reggie Smith pulled up for a long 3-pointer to give the Rebels the lead for good, one possession after missing two free throws.
UNLV shot 50 percent for the game with 27 fast-break points and 17 points off turnovers.
Green scored 10 points in the first half, seven during Colorado State’s early run.
The Rams were looking to make the conference race even more chaotic after beating then-No. 13 San Diego State by 17 points on Saturday night.
“Colorado State had our full attention,” Rice said.
Against UNLV, the Rams ended up with 12 turnovers compared with eight assists, and were outrebounded 39-28. Colorado State shot 41.1 percent, 46.2 percent from beyond the 3-point line.
The Rebels’ reserves scored 20 points, led by Quintrell Thomas with nine in 17 minutes.
The teams observed a moment of silence before the game to honor former UNLV coach Charlie Spoonhour, who died Wednesday at 72.