The UNLV Rebels pulled out an upset at home against No.22 Colorado State Rams in a Mountain West Conference battle, 61-59. The game was tied at 59 with nine seconds to got when senior guard Anthony Marshall sunk a jumper to put the Rebels in the lead.
Marshall had missed some shots late in the game, going 3 of 9 from the floor for 11 points, but when it mattered the 6-foot-3 guard stepped up.
He said of the shot after the game, “I wanted to drive, but I knew he wasn’t going to let me so I had to pull up. I knew he was going to jump so I had to hang in the air for a second longer and when I let it go I knew it was good.”
ahhhhh man what a night .. gotta get better .. great team win!! TMC!!!
— Anthony Marshall (@ANT_MARZ3) February 21, 2013
To have that kind of mind late in the game will help UNLV the rest of the season, although it was Marshall’s first game-winner in his college career.
Don’t know if it was done purposely but Anthony Marshall went opposite of ball screen and created good shot for himself.
— Fran Fraschilla (@franfraschilla) February 21, 2013
Another thing that UNLV fans should be excited about is that they had 10 blocks versus a very good inside team, six of those blocks came from 6-foot-9 sophomore Khem Birch. The Rebels also out rebounded the Rams 36-28, which is very impressive since Colorado State came into the game ranked first in the national in rebounding with 42.3 per game.
UNLV is now 2.5 games behind Colorado State in the conference standings, with four very winnable games left. The Rams are now one game back behind No.16 New Mexico, who they will play Saturday.
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