UNLV Holds On To Win Their Biggest Non Conference Game Of The Season

Jack ChristianContributor INovember 29, 2009

LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 28:  A UNLV fan holds up a sign during the team's game against the Louisville Cardinals at the Thomas & Mack Center November 28, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Rebels defeated the Cardinals 76-71.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
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UNLV beat a very talented and young Louisville team to make a case for inclusion into the top 25.  UNLV dominated the first 3/5 of the game but Louisville almost pulled off an epic comeback from 19 points down and tied the game but ran out of gas in the last few minutes.  UNLV continues to wear teams out with its 11 man rotation and tonight was no different. 

Trevon Willis and Oscar Bellfield were the dynamic duo for UNLV and the two biggest reasons UNLV won this game.  Trevon Willis had 16 pts, 9 assists and 6 rebounds.  However he did have 4 turnovers, so that will give him something to work on in the future.  Oscar Bellfield had 17 pts, 4 assists, and most importantly he broke the Louisville press with ease.

Derrick Jasper also played really well.  He had two wicked awesome backdoor alley oops that brought the crowd to their feet and if anyone runs that play better than Jasper and Willis I would certainly like to know.  Jasper does so many little things well and he is really a match-up nightmare for other teams because of his size at the guard position. 

The 3 headed monster put in another very solid performance.  Massamba played extremely physical and had a few nice finishes around the rim but needs to grab more rebounds.  Matt Shaw was solid and made Louisville pay when they left him open from 3.  Darris Santee was simply very good tonight, 13 pts and 5 rebounds and if he continues playing like that he may be starting in the near future.

Justin Hawkins and Anthony Marshall both played solid defense.  Marshall had 3 steals and 2 assists.  Justin Hawkins got called for some ticky tack fouls but made his one shot he took all game which was a 3 pointer.

Chace Stanback deserves a paragraph all to himself.  He was UNLV's leading rebounder with 9 rebounds, 3 blocks and 2 assists despite only playing 19 minutes.  Chace may still be hampered a little bit with a lingering injury from the preseason but when he fully recovers he will score in ways that other UNLV players simply cannot.