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UNLV guard Katin Reinhardt reacts during the final seconds of the Rebels’ 79-73 loss to North Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012, at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Updated Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 | 1:19 p.m.

UNLV vs. North Carolina in Chapel Hill

UNLV guard Anthony Marshall grimaces while coming off the court during the final seconds of their 79-73 loss to North Carolina Saturday, Dec. 29, 2012 at the Dean Smith Center in Chapel Hill, N.C. Launch slideshow »

UNC 79, UNLV 73

Game over

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — UNLV missed several free throws down the stretch and couldn't overcome either that or its poor first half to take down North Carolina, falling 79-73 at the Dean Smith Center. The Rebels drop to 11-2 while the Tar Heels improve to 10-3.

UNLV had three players score 15 points, including Anthony Bennett, who also had 13 rebounds. The other 15-point scorers were Anthony Marshall and Katin Reinhardt. UNC's Dexter Strickland led all scorers with 16 points.

The Rebels were completely out of sorts in the first half and were lucky to only trail by nine at the break. When the second half started they looked much better and even took a brief lead, 49-48, on a Reinhardt 3. To UNC's credit, the Tar Heels battled back and kept UNLV at an arm's length for most of the rest of the game.

UNC could have made it much easier on itself UNLV could have climbed back into the game had either said shot well at the free-throw line. UNLV hit 11-of-21 while UNC was 20-for-33.

That plus giving up second-chance basket off offensive rebounds hurt the Rebels all game. In the end it was too much to overcome against a talented UNC squad that played good but not great.

UNC was missing its second-leading scorer because of a concussion and Mike Moser returned for UNLV less than three weeks after suffering his elbow injury, but it was the Tar Heels who had the upper hand nearly the entire game.

Check lasvegassun.com later tonight for a full report from tonight's game.

UNC 64, UNLV 61

7:45 remaining in the second half

UNLV briefly took the lead on a Katin Reinhardt 3, then after a 10-2 UNC run the teams have been battling back and forth. They're now playing the type of game we were expecting from the start: fast, with a lot of athletic plays in the open court.

Anthony Bennett went baseline for a dunk that almost no one else in the country could finish, and the Rebels are moving the ball around much, much better on offense, which is leading to good shots.

On defense the Rebels' posts are pushing the Tar Heels out of the paint and making life difficult, but the wings are making up for it by streaking into the lane to finish near the basket. The good news here is that there's life on both sides, which is more than you could say for the first half.

UNC 46, UNLV 42

15:57 remaining in the second half

Anthony Bennett has woken up, and with him a fired up UNLV looks like a different team on offense. For the most part UNLV is attacking the rim, with the exception of Bryce Dejean-Jones, who's still making one-shot possessions with bad jumpers.

Even Dejean-Jones has looked a bit better in the second, though, taking a pass in the corner and driving right to the basket. When UNLV asserts itself it forces UNC to make decisions on defense. It puts the onus on the Tar Heels, and that's what the Rebels want. They want to make UNC make some mistakes.

UNC 39, UNLV 30

Halftime

UNLV has committed 11 turnovers with just six assists and it took a 3-pointer from Mike Moser in the final seconds to cut the Rebels' halftime deficit into single digits.

Anthony Marshall has seven points for UNLV while Anthony Bennett and Bryce Dejean-Jones have each scored six. Brice Johnson is leading UNC with eight points and P.J. Hairston has seven. UNC is shooting 53 percent from the field with UNLV is at about 38 percent.

The Rebels' offense today has mostly consisted of dribbling around and waiting for picks that either don't come or come too late. Basically, UNLV is not doing a good job of creating angles and advantages for itself, and even when it does the Rebels hare having trouble finishing. They've missed several shots inside of five feet.

All that said, the UNC lead is only nine, which is by no means insurmountable in this environment. UNC has played good, not great, so if UNLV can raise its level of play the game could be even sooner than later. That's going to take a lot more assertiveness from the Rebels, particularly the guys off the ball who need to do more to get open and set up the offense.

UNLV also needs to do a much better job boxing out the Tar Heels, because it will be very difficult to pull back into the game if UNC keeps getting easy second-chance points.

UNC 34, UNLV 20

3:07 remaining in the first half

The actual number (7) is even for both teams, but watching this game it seems like North Carolina is grabbing every offensive rebound, or at least making the most of the second-chance opportunities they do get.

UNLV's offense looks completely out of sorts, as it spends most possessions dribbling around the perimeter waiting for something to happen. Katin Reinhardt and Bryce Dejean-Jones are struggling from the field, though Reinhardt does have the team's only 3, and the Rebels are often getting the ball stolen away in the post.

The Rebels need some kind of spark to get back into this, and it's not at the three-point line. It's got to come with Anthony Bennett finding himself in position down low and working through post moves. That could open up everything else, but the Rebels seem hesitant to go to that offense, or at least they're struggling to get into it.

UNC 17, UNLV 6

11:20 remaining in the first half

Less than three weeks after a gruesome elbow injury that some said could end his season, Mike Moser is back on the floor for UNLV. Moser, who only returned to practice on Wednesday, entered the game with the Rebels needing a spark. So far he hasn't been able to provide it, but clearly Dave Rice believes Moser is healthy enough to provide something to UNLV today.

UNC 8, UNLV 4

15:15 remaining in the first half

UNLV is playing to type with a sloppy opening stretch at North Carolina. Anthony Bennett had a jumper blocked and then airballed a 3, one of four missed outside shots so far.

The Rebels' first basket came on a wide-open runout that could have been called for a foul. Getting out and running is what the Rebels want to do, but so far they haven't been able to come up with the stops to do it.

Carolina is doing a good job with its pressure defense but UNLV is still getting some good looks, just not hitting them. A big reason for that is that a lot of the passes have been a little off, either skipping to the recipient or sailing too high, which is forcing the Rebels to come out of an attacking position to corral the ball. By the time they do, the Tar Heels are on them.

UPDATE: Bullock out for UNC, Moser warms up for UNLV

North Carolina junior guard Reggie Bullock is out of today's game against No. 20 UNLV with a mild concussion. The Tar Heels reported that Bullock, the team's second-leading scorer and leading 3-point shooter, collided with a teammate during a drill in Thursday's night practice.

This could be huge for UNLV, which has often struggled to close out on outside shooters. At 6-foot-7, Bullock is a tremendous weapon on the outside and without him UNC may struggle to get some easy baskets.

For the Rebels, junior forward Mike Moser is warming up with the rest of the team. On Wednesday, Moser said there was "no way" he would play today, and UNLV coach Dave Rice was non-committal on Moser's availability. Rice did discuss the possibility of Moser dressing today, and it appears that he will, though the odds are still against Moser seeing the court.

Bullock's injury may make it even less likely that UNLV would put Moser out there, because the Rebels now have a better chance to pull off the upset even without last year's leading scorer.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — At a place like North Carolina, a place that has some of the deepest roots in college basketball, the idea is that every year you reload, not rebuild.

The Tar Heels had four players drafted in the top 17 of last year’s NBA draft, and they’ve done a good job replacing three of them. The last one, though, has caused problems that have a lot to do with UNC’s 9-3 record and the lack of a marquee nonconference victory.

Asked whether No. 20 UNLV (11-1) would have an inside size advantage when the Rebels play at the Dean Smith Center at 11 a.m. today on ESPN2, UNLV guard Anthony Marshall was hesitant. His team is better matched up inside than it was last year, he said, but the main difference is at point guard.

“They really don’t have a guard over there like Kendall Marshall who can find guys on the fly like he did,” Anthony Marshall said, “so we can get up and pressure the ball some more.”

Kendall Marshall, who’s now in the Phoenix Suns organization, averaged 8.1 points and 9.8 assists per game last year. He was relatively quiet in UNLV’s 90-80 victory against UNC last year, shooting 38 percent and dishing out eight assists. His importance was amplified in the NCAA Tournament when the Tar Heels lost while he was on the bench with an injury.

Marcus Paige, a freshman from Marion, Iowa, has tried to fill in, but his turnover rate — the percentage of personal possessions that result in a turnover — is 28.9, which is high even for a point guard. However, his assist-to-turnover ratio is 3.6 in the past five games, so it’s possible he’ll continue to improve.

What that means for today’s game, though, is uncertain. Paige and senior guard Dexter Strickland are talented players, but they likely haven’t seen perimeter defense like they’ll see from UNLV’s Justin Hawkins, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Anthony Marshall.

In a game that could include enough speed to rival the UCLA-Missouri thriller from Friday night, a few extra turnovers up top could be the difference.

THE OTHER SIDE

North Carolina projected lineup

G — Marcus Paige, 6-0, Fr, 7 ppg, 1.9 rpg, 1.7 A-TO ratio

G — Dexter Strickland, 6-3, Sr, 8.8 ppg, 4.8 apg, 2.9 A-TO ratio

G — Reggie Bullock, 6-7, Jr, 13.1 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 47.5 3fg%

F — James Michael McAdoo, 6-9, So, 15 ppg, 8.2 rpg, 1.7 spg

F — Brice Johnson, 6-9, Fr, 8.7 ppg, 4.9 rpg, 62 fg%

Sixth man — G, P.J. Hairston, 6-5, So, 12.2 ppg, 4.5 rpg, 88.2 ft%

Best name: James Michael McAdoo

Extra storyline: Strickland and UNLV’s Justin Hawkins were part of a rotating group of guards to play for the same AAU team in Southern California that was chronicled in the book “Play Their Hearts Out.”

Useless Wikipedia factoid: UNC has had a live mascot, named Ramses, at athletic events since 1924, when a student manager brought him to a game the Tar Heels ended up winning in the final seconds.

Kenpom line: UNC -3

Vegas line: UNC -3.5

Bern’s take: As much as I look over numbers and think about what I’ve seen from both teams this year, there’s one thing I keep coming back to: It’s the Rebels AT the Tar Heels. Put anything else in between those mascots and I’d probably predict it differently, but the Tar Heels haven’t lost a nonconference home game since 2005 and the Rebels still don’t look like a great road team. UNC 84, UNLV 78

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. WOW- Maybe someone would CONSIDER boxing out on the defensive glass? Our defense sucks right now.

  2. Playing with very little emotion and energy. They look like they think they are too cool to play hard. This is a very so so UNC team especially without Bullock and at no point have they not been in complete control. This will be a double digit loss unless UNLV decides to quit coasting and play with energy and desire.

  3. I agree with you both. The Rebels look too loose. We'll see how they do in the second half. I thought they would come out with more energy than this. This is North Carolina, after all.

  4. Playing much harder now. Most likely would have a decent lead if this had occurred in the first half! Making a game of it. Hopefully we can steal this one.

  5. Apathetic and lazy with the ball to start. Too many turnovers and weak rebounding. No post game and moser /Hawkins have cost unlv this game. Moser is getting out worked on boards and Hawkins is either committing a foul 30 feet from the hoop or turning over the ball.

  6. Add Reinhardt in the final 130 to the list of failures

  7. Lots of good lessons to be learned from this. Question is will they? That has been the story so far of the Dave Rice era. Lots of great opportunities to get better and learn but so far continuing to make the same mistakes over and over. We will see.

  8. Disappointing road loss for young UNLV team in one of the toughest basketball houses in the US. NC hasn't lost a non-conference game at home in seven years.

    It's a long season. We'll see as the season progresses how things go, because all that ultimately matters is March. Go Rebels!

  9. Fire Dave Rice! He is making the same mistakes over and over. One of the two halfs suck, 7 play rotation, too may 3's, missed FT's, poor timeout management, can't attack a zone. UNLV made tons of mistakes and we still lost. Unbelievable. Dare I say pathetic. Thank goodness he did not play Lopez in the 2nd half.

  10. I'm not worried about the loss. It's only late-December, and North Carolina is a very talented, albeit young team. It's still a long ways away from March. We're not even in conference play.

    They've made some improvements since the start of the season. Dejean-Jones is not jacking up shots. Marshall looks the part of a point guard. Reinhardt is better defensively. They're working the ball inside-out and cross-court.

    They need to improve their focus going forward. They need to mentally be in the game for the whole 40 minutes. They lost the game in the first half simply because they weren't there mentally. If they show up mentally for the entire 40 minutes, then they will be difficult to beat.

  11. I am all for holding people accountable but that is a little extreme on Coach Rice. Btw when did UNC play a zone?

  12. "They lost the game in the first half simply because they weren't there mentally."

    Yup, one sign of a young, inexperienced team.

  13. It always cracks me up when nameless people call for the heads of very public people. Dave Rice is 1/3 of the way through his second season. Give me a break. This isn't the NBA.

  14. Dave Rice is better suited as an assistant coach. He doesn't know how to make adjustments during the game and it shows. UNLV probably could have hired a better head coach who could make adjustments during the flow of the game. The players are only as disciplined as they are coached. I think it's going to be another mediocre conference year.

  15. Yes we missed free throws but, Ive watched rebels basketball for 40 yrs and I have never seen a rebel head coach get out coached and out coached badly, Rice is the worst coach in the NCAA and is way in over his head.................

  16. @James_P_Reza - You're on of the few reasonable people on here.

    For the unreasonable Dave Rice haters: To expect a guy who is in his second year ever as a head coach to be polished and at the level of a Roy Williams, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Boeheim, Bobby Knight, etc. is absolutely ridiculous and unrealistic. Ask any of them if they're a better coach now than they were in their second year ever as a head coach, and they will all say yes. Great coaches don't become great coaches overnight. It takes time for them to learn their craft, and Dave Rice is no different. It will take at least five seasons to see where his ceiling is as a head coach and how far he can take the program. However, I think he will be a much better coach than Lon Kruger ever was. Also, I believe he will take us to the Final Four and possibly a national championship.

  17. mitmo52 - You must have missed the Rollie Massamino and Bill Bayno era! Rice does have a ways to go but he has significantly upgraded the talent and hopefully he and the team will improve. I believe he has a good basketball mind but he needs to hold his players a little more accountable. When they make a mistake that you have harped over and over again for them not to make take them out of the game immediately. Physical mistakes happen, mental mistakes are not excusable. That is the only way they will improve is if they realize that they are accountable for bad decisions.

  18. Sorry if I was a little extreme above, I was just pissed over the game. I think it is too premature to call for his firing and before all the homers start posting, let me tell you this.

    First, don't compare CDR to Tark. Tark was famous for building programs into contenders 1 or 2 years in. He did it to three or four other programs other than UNLV. Let's compare him to his success at BYU (his teams stunk before he arrived at BYU and after he left, though they just rocked the hec out of Virgina Tech earlier). Remember when UNLV beat BYU like every year. We have the person who got rocked evry year. Yet, eventually he learned. BYU beat UNLV twice in 2011. Also, remember in 2005, we were all calling for Lon Krugers firing. Neat year, Sweet Sixteen. Now, if we lose in the NCAA's for two more years. Then, go ahead and fire him. (I think JL should have canned Kruger after the CSU loss at home a few years back as a matter of fact) Also, remember that he is an outstanding recruiter. That alone keeps his job for another year or so. Still, he is in-game management is so-so. I know why he makes the calls he does, but do I agree with them? No.

  19. Long story short, I agree with gumby and phillps though given what has happened to the BYU program before and after his tenusre, I sometimes count CDR accountable for BYU's problem's during that time. I agree that he as a whole a better coach than Kruger, who is now on the hot seat at OU. Still, CDR has major issues, but I think they can be resolved with by adding an assistant coach who specializes in in-game-coaching. Greg Anthony anyone? (I know he is announcing the game that is going on as I type on CBS between UK and Lousivlle).

  20. big problem: how do they still continually forget to run any semblance of a half-court offense? i thought after the they saw the benefits of executing against canisius that they'd understand, but nope. more standing around watching the guy with the ball struggling to get an open look and then jacking up a forced shot. i'm not one of these people who says fire rice, but for christ's sake, i really wish he would impart to his team the importance of running the offense. and that isn't even addressing the lack of intensity in blocking out or just in general. if these guys can't get up for a game like this, i'm a little scared to see what happens in san diego and albuquerque.

  21. I'm glad that our coaching staff and our players have a better hold on their emotions than most of the people who post here, otherwise we would be far from 11-2.

  22. ABSOLUTELY FIRE RICE! I mean after all, being a second year coach and getting out coached by Roy Williams of all coaches. Unacceptable! Think about it, the dropped passes missed lay-ups and tip-ins, not to mention horrible free throw % (I didn't mention that for the record), down by as many as 15 points; then, clawing your way back, and putting the game in doubt for the home team ( a UNC team, after all, with no good players at all, they were playing WAY over their heads). Yeah, disgusting! Installing a system that allows the mental and physical abilities of your players to succeed or fail, giving your players the confidence to play through adversity, so they can overcome that adversity, and still almost win. Deplorable. FIRE RICE NOW! Idiocy, idiocy, idiocy!

    I agree with the criticisms about coach Rice, but not with the vociferous nature of the rants calling for his dismissal. Unless there is a total collapse of this team and then the next couple of years, then absolutely toss him to the curb. Clearly Rice has room to improve, so did Tark during his tenure; Tark improved and so will Rice. As fans and commenters, act like UNLV has ONLY 1 NCAA Championship (oh yeah, a championship team that lost the next year with four returning starters from the championship season; it was too bad UNLV didn't fire Tark after they lost the championship game; oh wait, they did two seasons later, and did wonders for the program) and not the arrogance and omniscients that comes to fans after several NCAA titles.

  23. I actually just meant to say GEE WHIZ!

  24. Extremely disappointing game...this one is on Rice for not getting the tem prepared AGAIN. All college basketball teams are young and inexperienced....it's up to the coach to have them ready to play. They were clearly not ready today....a damn shame.

  25. Tough loss, UNLV was outplayed and out-hustled in the first half. Mr. Rice should have put a stop to the Sidney Gun offense, total lack of team play. Mr. Rice continues to show his inexperience as a leader. Thirteen games into the season and Mr. Rice still hasn't figured it out. I would have benched all the starters for their lack of team play. UNLV looked better the second half, but poor free-throw shooting, and lackadaisical defense really hurt them. I wouldn't be surprised to see UNLV dropped from the rankings this coming week.

  26. Very disappointed we get so much hype and we've have yet to earn any of it. Just very frustrating beating up on no name schools and when we get our shot at something to hang our hat on we lose to both Oregon and UNC.
    Now we'll crush Chicago State and CSB tomato cans!
    The MWC will be licking their chops because we get all the press and can't back it up. We better come out swinging at the Pit they'll be waiting for us!

  27. They have plenty of talent but nobody to teach them how to use it.

  28. This is the thing, people saying they're not worried about a loss in December. Remember the loss that forever changed UNLV 08-09 season against stupendously bad Colorado State? This was that! No, not a bad loss, but NOW the Rebels are virtually on the bubble and still looks atrocious on the road from last year. They can't even rebound against 6-11 200 lb boys. It's heinous. Tese are the scenarios.

    UNLV wins their next two, the fans say how godly Bennett is and Birch's shot blocking, then get absolutely walloped on the road in a 55 pt effort and New Mexico. BOOK IT! Then squeak NARROWLY by Air Force and drop another two at Colorado State and SDSU. Yes, that's absolutely what's going to happen, guaranteed. Then what? 16-4, still in the bubble, no key victories......UNLV is fighting for their NCAA lives by mid January. That's how real it just got.

  29. Btw, fire Rice and you will lose ALL potential 4-5 star recruits who are co spidering UNLV right now. Rice brings too much to the table in recruiting to just can him. Get another trash bagging sub-mediocre coach who doesn't run and we turn right back into the program we were from 2000-2005...irrelevant trash. THINK people! Can't fire a man who brought us too much good fortune. Sucks, he can't coach as well as we though...but the players are the last ones to point fingers at with countless TO's.

  30. I'm sorry, 14-4. My goodness. With another 5-7 losses potentially looming. UNLV is looking like a mega bubble team come march.

  31. So when UNLV is 13-2 heading into the pit, everyone predicting double digit wins like they were today? Idiocy. UNLV has a ZERO CHANCE against monstrous UNM, SDSU, Colrado, etc....those guys execute. God for bit they won't make it past the 2nd round of the tourney, but they execute. Loss at the pit, beat Air Force (maybe), then lose at Colorado and SDSU....I'm sorry, I had my numbers wrong in my previous post but that's 14-5 with NO key victories. That's not even NCAA tourney worthy,,,that's NIT.

  32. This team is ovrrrated. Tons of talent with inexperienced coaching. The two chances UNLV had to get a quality non conference win and they laid an egg. Even agsinst lesser opponents thry've played down to the level of their oppondnts. This team plays with no heart or consistency. I'd drop UNLV out of the top 25 until they can prove they belong there. Rice needs to enroll in a coaching 101 class. This team is in for a rude awakening come conference play. San Diego St and New Mexico have both proved they belong with quality wins. Hell even Boise St has a quality win out of conference. Rebel fans better tamp down their expectations because they are on their way to a 3rd or 4th place finish in the MWC. Back to the glory days my ass!

  33. I stand corrected. UNLV will lose at UN, SDSU, CSU, WYO, at least Boise/Air Force and lose at home to one of them. That's 22-8 heading into the MWC tourney. They should get about a 9-10 seed in the tourney.

  34. Rice can recruit but can't coach his way out of a wet paper bag. Maybe we can stick an earpiece in his ear and coach Tark can coach him from the stands because it's obvious Rice has no idea whet he's doing.

  35. Rice can recruit but can't coach his way out of a wet paper bag. Maybe we can stick an earpiece in his ear and coach Tark can coach him from the stands because it's obvious Rice has no idea whet he's doing.

  36. I just re-watched the game and we still lost. Poor shooting from the line ultimately cost them the game. This team is still a work in progress, and with a very tough MW conference looming, it seems inevitable losses will happen, but also chances for wins; let's see how the season plays out. James, you might be right, but I think UNLV isn't a bubble team. @Coach Knight, I mean @HoosierBoy, it is too bad UNLV didn't hire you, but I'm sure Coach Rice will take your phone calls anytime and that he would gladly take any offered advice from you. Also I wouldn't be surprised if UNLV left the top 25 because of this loss (especially after what happened to UNM after losing to SDSU) peace, out.

  37. Shaka and Brad don't recruit top talent, they make no talent into an a,axing team. They're the only two BRILLIANT coaches to have EVER coached the game because they made talent from no talent. Name three players off each team from the top of your head. Name one from VCU thought so. Name another coach who can either recruit, or make players great like those two masterminds have. You can't. Rice WILL NOT GET FIRED anytime soon, so drop the conversation.

  38. Rice doesn't make adjustments...we know, but we have to make do with what we have. One of the hardest conferences in the country behind the Big Ten is looming large. The players don't play much of defense...that's not Rice's fault that Katin and Savon are miserable at defense, that Lopez is the worst player ever, that Jones charges the paint like a bull in hopes to draw a foul (failed seven times).....Bennett missed tons of shots, Marshall was limping...I mean the team is banged up with losses coming. Regardless of what happened today, your opinions on Rice, and the team....UNLV sucks. I suggest refraining yourselves from following the team to avoid stress, depression and increased HBP and being angry 24/7.

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  40. Holy smoke's I've never seen a bigger bunch band wagon jumping knuckleheads in my life. Shut down the program!! I mean they did lose to North Carolina in the Dean Dome with what is essentially four freshman playing major minutes. Horriable!!!!
    SHUT IT DOWN!!! You people need to get a clue.

  41. @ John-Doe-Smith, LOL Oh indeed indeed Mr. Rice could learn a lot from me. To start, learning basic fundamental basketball. Mr Rice should enroll in Coaching 101. Can you imagine how good UNLV could be if they only had a coach. Callarse

  42. @ ranchhand, Get a clue are you kiddin me, if you knew anything about basketball you would be dangerous, your an idiot and dont have a clue what you are talking about. Go poke a steer...

  43. @ mitmo, go poke a steer? Nice!!

  44. To all of the Dave Rice haters: his show is on Wednesday January 2 at 12 pm. The number is 1-877-390-1648. Tell him what he's doing wrong and why he needs to be fired.

  45. Id dictu quam re facilius est. Si quietem mavis, duc uxorem parem!

  46. Fire a coach that is 11-2? What kind of crazy people post here?

  47. The Rebels came out flat, scared, & passive. I didnt even recognize them. UNC got up in their face & they backed down. We didnt make an "effort" or "attitude" play the whole half. It was pathetic.

    Same three for one offense. Three possessions the player's way...one possession Rice's way. In other words, three wasted possessions for one valued. That is EXACTLY how you lose vs decent competition.

    Moser looked lost & shouldnt have played. He gave up two or three critical off rebounds at critical times. Goodman should have played more. Better energy & defense in spots 2nd half but some really, really lazy & dumb reach in fouls that sent a team that struggles to score to the line again & again.

    Didnt see any leadership from anybody, nobody talking outside the huddle, nobody rallying the troops. Somebody on the team has to have some standards on both ends & has to start enforcing them. Lord knows Rice aint gonna do it.