Game #9-068: Jacksonville State at UNLV RebelsNovember 17, 2012 10:00 pm
In my second helping of the Global Sports Classic, or as I will refer to it through the end of next week, the American Basketball Random Game Staging, I watched UNLV defeat Jacksonville State 77-58. The Runnin' Rebels have the fortunate honor to host every game of their participation in this storied and prized event. With two more games to play, they look poised to cut down the nets and bring not just a national title home, but a GLOBAL victory back to the Las Vegas valley.
Ok. I'll stop. These events are mostly stupid. I do enjoy the random match-ups, but being force fed games like this is just painful.
Jacksonville State showed up with a game plan though. They held the ball and ran their offense with some success, mostly in the second half. The 14-point showing by the Gamecocks in the first half was mostly a result of a stiff UNLV defense, and some long jumpers from behind the arc.
The slow-it-down method kept them in the game early, before UNLV ran off a 14-2 run before halftime to secure some breathing room. UNLV was in control, but Jacksonville State was doing just enough to stay within arm's reach.
The Gamecocks had much more success sticking to their game plan of slow-it-down offense, motion which led to easy baskets in the second half. Guards can be fearless, bigs can throw shoulders into defenders' chests and guys can always dive for loose balls though. Enough that the game was still in doubt before the under four media timeout in the second half.
UNLV pulled off a five-point trip down the floor (hoop and the harm for Justin Hawkins, missed free throw, Mike Moser rebound and put back, fouled and made his free throw), giving UNLV a 16-point lead going into the final minutes. The Gamecocks will was broken and it was done.at UNLV 77, JACKSONVILLE STATE 58
Jacksonville State never gave in though. They certainly had the look of a 3-0 team heading into this game, and I would watch out in the next round of the Global Sports Classic if I were Oregon. Ronnie Boggs is going to make shots, man (16 points and nine rebounds tonight). They'll bring the game to you. Hold the ball, maximize what they do well, and hope for a little luck as well. I left the Thomas & Mack being impressed with their second-half offensive execution and their bigs going toe-to-toe with bigger dudes like it was nothing.
Sometimes that isn't enough though. Especially when four of five UNLV starters score in double figures, and previously mentioned Justin Hawkins chipped in 16 points off the bench.
Here's to the Gamecocks and a successful trip to Eugene, Oregon.
JACKSONVILLE STATE 3-1 (0-0) -- R. Boggs 7-11 0-0 16; B. Williams 4-13 0-1 8; T. Gaines 1-9 5-6 7; R. Mafra 3-4 2-4 8; D. Rackley 3-5 2-2 9; N. Cook 0-3 0-0 0; M. Leggett 1-4 2-2 4; C. Deanes 1-2 2-2 4; M. Louder 1-2 0-0 2; D. Moore 0-0 0-0 0; G. Smith 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 21-54 13-17 58.
UNLV 2-0 (0-0) -- A. Marshall 3-8 5-8 11; M. Moser 6-12 6-7 19; K. Reinhardt 4-9 2-2 11; J. Hawkins 5-9 4-5 16; B. Dejean-Jones 3-7 1-1 8; A. Bennett 3-6 6-10 12; Q. Thomas 0-0 0-0 0; C. Lopez-Sosa 0-0 0-0 0; S. Goodman 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 24-51 24-33 77.
Three-point goals: JXST 3-10 (B. Williams 0-3; R. Boggs 2-2; D. Rackley 1-1; T. Gaines 0-3; G. Smith 0-1), UNLV 5-19 (J. Hawkins 2-6; A. Marshall 0-2; M. Moser 1-3; B. Jones 1-2; A. Bennett 0-1; K. Reinhardt 1-5); Rebounds: JXST 19 (R. Boggs 9), UNLV 40 (M. Moser 10); Assists: JXST 8 (B. Williams 2), UNLV 17 (A. Marshall 6); Total Fouls -- JXST 24, UNLV 17; Fouled Out: JXST-D. Rackley; UNLV-None.