On Tuesday night, Marvin Menzies Runnin’ Rebels played their most complete game of the season, routing the visiting Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona 110-71
Tyrell Green opened the scoring with a 3-pointer and NAU’s Felix Rivera-Martin quickly answered with a 3 to even the score, but that would be the closest the Lumberjacks would get to victory.
Fueled by a 29-8 run over the first 10 minutes of the game the Rebels were able to put this game out of reach early.
As is becoming customary, Jalen Poyser led UNLV in scoring notching 17 points, while five others scored in double figures, including 15 from Djordjije Sljivancanin.
Yes, you read that right.
The mystery freshman from Serbia had only logged 2 minutes of game action so far this season, so it came as a little bit of a surprise when he was subbed in early in the first half, but he showed why he’s such an intriguing young prospect.
The 6-11 forward shot 6 of 8 from the field, including 3 of 3 from long range in 15 minutes.
The Lumberjacks were led in scoring by Palo Verde High alum Jordyn Martin, who tallied 21 points.
As a team, UNLV shot 54% from the field and just under 38% from 3-point range, but the biggest bright spot of the game for UNLV was their rebounding.
For the game, the Rebels secured 50 rebounds (18 offensive!), compared to 34 for Northern Arizona. And while the Lumberjacks aren’t Duke or Kansas, this still represents a significant step forward for the young Rebels as this is the first game they have held an advantage on the boards.
This is definitely a team that is improving and gaining confidence and getting better each time they take the court.
The Rebels will continue play in the Global Sports Classic taking on TCU at the Thomas & Mack on Friday night. Ryan Miller, the former UNLV assistant and recruiting ace, is now an assistant at TCU and will be making his first return to the T&M since he left last spring.
Here are the highlights from last nights big win.