UNLV-California Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 08, 2012
UNLV overcame Mike Moser's absence to win its first road game of the season, but it might need the junior forward for its next one. The 21st-ranked Runnin' Rebels seek a fifth consecutive win Sunday when they visit a California team that's eager to bounce back from its first loss in seven games. A re-aggravated hip injury forced Moser to sit out a game that was specifically scheduled for him, a visit to his hometown Portland on Tuesday, and one in which 130 friends and family were slated to attend. Without its honorable mention All-American and preseason all-Mountain West player, UNLV (6-1) trailed by nine points early in the second half before pulling out a 68-60 win and ending a four-game road losing streak that dated back to last season. Freshman and leading scorer Anthony Bennett had a team-best 18 points. Anthony Marshall scored 16 after being held to single digits in back-to-back games and Justin Hawkins contributed 15 off the bench. Moser, who is averaging 12.3 points and a team-high 9.2 rebounds, reportedly had an MRI come back negative Thursday, and he was optimistic for a return to the court Sunday. The junior forward suffered the injury in a 77-63 victory over Hawaii on Dec. 1, the last of UNLV's six consecutive games at the Thomas & Mack Center. "I don't think it's something too serious," he said. "It's already feeling better." Because of the annual Nationals Finals Rodeo, the Rebels won't return to their home arena until Dec. 19 but will play at the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas on Thursday against La Verne. While Portland had a 3-3 record before facing UNLV, Cal will carry an identical 6-1 mark into this game. The Golden Bears, though, are coming off an 81-56 drubbing at Wisconsin last Sunday. Allen Crabbe, one of the nation's leading scorers at 22.4 points per game, had 25 points in the loss but only one other player scored in double figures, junior guard Justin Cobbs with 11 points. "The only thing I can hope is that we learn from this," coach Mike Montgomery said. "Kids are kids, and they don't always understand how hard you have to play to get wins." Cobbs, who is averaging 18.7 points this season, had 20 in the Bears' most recent matchup with UNLV on Dec. 23 but Marshall scored 22 in an 85-68 victory for the then-No. 21 Rebels. Moser had 14 points and eight rebounds, while Crabbe missed nine of 13 shots en route to 13 points. UNLV has won four of the five all-time meetings with Cal, including a 73-72 victory on Dec. 1, 2004, in its only visit to Berkeley.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

WATCH: Klay Thompson fails miserably attempting a 360 dunk

Jays closer Roberto Osuna says he’s dealing with anxiety

John McEnroe claims Andy Warhol ruined his sex life

Report: Re-signing Nerlens Noel is Mavericks' top priority

Bill O'Brien: Deshaun Watson well prepared to run an offense

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Dolphins reached out to Peyton Manning about possible comeback

The Baltimore Orioles tied an MLB record they can’t be proud of

Report: Knicks afraid of Porzingis rebelling, hurting their image

Report: Blake Griffin opts out of contract to become free agent

Report: Wolves targeting Kyle Lowry, Jrue Holiday, other point guards in free agency

Conor McGregor’s coach says tentative plans include a return to UFC in 2017

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

Box Score 6/23: Philly continues to trust the process

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Gary Payton Award for best trash talk of the year

College Basketball News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Best of Yardbarker: Diana Taurasi makes history

The 'Finest running back from America’s Finest City' quiz

2016-17 NBA Awards: The Billy King Award for worst trade

Players who need to turn around their season to save their teams

Three Up, Three Down: Flouting the written and unwritten rules of baseball

Sports & Politics Intersect: Washington gets a rare win

Kicking it: David Villa isn't interested in a 'retirement tour'

The 10 best sports docs available for streaming

Feeding your roundball addiction through the summer months

The 'NBA Draft going back to school?' quiz

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker