Utah basketball: Utes heat up from three-point range
Las Vegas » One of the stats Utah coach Jim Boylen was happiest about following the Utes' 73-69 win over the Rebels here Saturday was the three-point shooting. Utah went 8-of-16 from three-point distance, led by freshman Marshall Henderson 's 5-for-9 performance. Carlon Brown was 3-of-5.
The Rebels, in contrast, were a woeful 1-of-12. Their only three-point basket was made by Chace Stanback with 18:44 left in the first half which gave the Rebels a 5-0 lead. Star Tre'Von Willis was 0-for-4 in his three-point attempts and Kendall Wallace , who entered the game leading the Rebels making 42.1 percent of his attempts, missed his only attempt.
"Our three-point defense was awesome," Boylen said. "We played a real good team tonight and it was awesome."
As a team the Rebels entered the game ranked sixth in the conference shooting 31.6 percent from three-point distance while their opponents were shooting 31.4 percent. The Utes ranked just eighth in the conference shooting 30 percent.
The Utes have used 15 players this season, giving the Utes one of their most active benches since Boylen took over the program in 2007. Utah's subs are averaging 23.4 points, 12.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 2.3 steals going into Saturday's game.
They're outscoring opponents' benches 403-226 for the season and outscored UNLV's bench 28-13.
Ranking the opponents
Two of UNLV's four losses were to ranked teams in No. 13 Kansas State and No. 18 BYU. The other loss was to USC.
The Rebels have wins over Louisville and New Mexico, which were ranked No. 16 and No. 15, respectively, at the times of the games.
Briefly » There was a moment of silence before the game out of respect for those in Haiti...New UNLV coach Bobby Hauck spoke to the crowd at halftime, saying the Rebels were going to be a "blue collar team."...UNLV leads the series with Utah 22-20 and is 12-6 against the Utes all-time at the Thomas & Mack Center.