With the new year serving as a good unofficial halfway point of the college basketball season, we decided to take a look back at the Rebels’ top seven moments from the first half. And in New Year’s Eve style, we decided to count it down to No. 1.
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Top Moments of the First Half
7. Anthony Marshall drives and dishes to beat Dixie State
It may be hard to remember now, but the Rebels’ lone exhibition game this season was nearly a disaster. UNLV was the team with the glitzy recruiting class and the top-20 ranking, and Dixie State was the sacrificial tomato can lined up to take a beating in front of a frothing crowd at the Mack. But it didn’t work out that way. The Rebels stumbled through the first 40 minutes and were lucky to force overtime (thanks to a clutch Katin Reinhardt 3-pointer), and then Dixie scored the first seven points in OT. Sound the alarm, right?
But that’s when Anthony Marshall stepped up. The Rebels pulled within a single point in the final seconds, and Dave Rice chose to put the ball in the hands of his senior point guard. You know, the guy whose ability to run an offense was questioned throughout the entire offseason. Marshall dribbled at the top of the key, then drove the lane, forcing the defense to collapse on him. With time running out, he left his feet and used a sweet wraparound pass to set up Carlos Lopez-Sosa for the winning basket.
The play showed that the Rebels would be in good hands this season with Marshall running the show.