Chace Stanback/sports.yahoo.comBy Paul Seaver (TheArenaPulse) This post is part of The Arena Pulse's Player of the Night feature.
Each morning throughout the 2011-12 season, The Arena Pulse
will select and name its "Player of the Night" from the previous evening's action.
The first two weeks of the college basketball season had some early upsets, but the Top-5 remained intact. Then, UConn fell to Central Florida down in the Bahamas. Then, the nation's top overall team fell to UNLV as part of the Las Vegas Invitational.
UNLV's victory over North Carolina will provide the nation with a bit of shake-up near the top of the rankings, while the nation's top performance from Saturday (11/26) played a major role in the early-season shocker.
The winner of The Arena Pulse's Player of the Night
28 points, 10 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 1 steal
North Carolina will take Saturday's loss as an early-season learning point, but the night in-all belonged to UNLV.
With the hometown crowd behind them as part of the Las Vegas Invitational, UNLV head coach Dave Rice
had four starters finish in double-figures offensively. Oscar Bellfield
and Anthony Moser
each had 16 points, while junior guard Anthony Marshall
chipped in with 13, yet it was senior Chace Stanback
who ultimately keyed the Rebels throughout the contest.
The 6-foot-8 Stanback spent one season at UCLA before transferring to UNLV. Now a senior, the L.A. native had one of his most memorable performances en-route to the Rebels' early-season upset.
After scoring only four points in 17 minutes of action on Friday night's victory over USC, Stanback went off on Saturday, finishing the contest with a career-high 28 points on 10-of-19 shooting.
Stanback's ten rebounds were also a season-high, as the performance marked his first double-double of the season.
UNLV (7-0) will likely have a very good case at breaking the Top-25 come Monday, as the Rebels will look to carry their momentum forward as the month of December approaches.
*Photo: Chase Stanback *Credit: sports.yahoo.com
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