Four Runnin' Rebels Honored As All-MW Announced
March 5, 2012
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV men's basketball sophomore Mike Moser, junior Anthony Marshall and seniors Oscar Bellfield and Chace Stanback were all recognized as part of the All-Mountain West awards, which were announced by the league on Monday night.
Moser, a 6-8 forward from Portland, Ore., was selected as the league's Newcomer of the Year, to the All-MW first team and to the MW All-Defensive team. Marshall, a 6-3 guard from Las Vegas, was second-team All-MW and also on the MW All-Defensive team, while Bellfield, a 6-2 guard from Los Angeles, and Stanback, a 6-8 guard/forward also from Los Angeles, were both named third-team All-MW.
This year marks the third straight year that Bellfield and Stanback were recognized as all-conference honorees, which were selected by the league's eight head coaches along with a selected media panel. Last year, Bellfield and Stanback were both on the third team, while Stanback was third team and Bellfield was honorable mention in 2010. Stanback was also on the all-defensive team in 2010.
This year also marks the first time in UNLV's 13 seasons in the Mountain West that four members of the team were named to the first, second or third team. UNLV had four representatives in 2004, 2005 and 2008, but each time at least one was honorable mention.
20th-ranked UNLV, which finished the regular season with a 25-7 overall record and a 9-5 mark in conference play, is the No. 3 seed for this week's MW Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin' Rebels will face No. 6 seed Wyoming in a quarterfinal matchup on Thursday, March 8 at 8:30 p.m.
Moser, a unanimous first-team all-conference pick, was one of only two MW players to average a double-double in league games with averages of 13.7 points and 10.2 rebounds per game. He ranked second in rebounding and eighth in scoring. He was the only player in the league in the top eight in scoring, rebounding, field-goal percentage (.426), steals (2.0 per game) and blocks (1.1 per game). He led the league in steals, while ranking third in blocks and seventh in field-goal percentage. He scored in double figures nine times, had 10 or more rebounds in a game eight times and recorded six double-doubles in conference play. He also scored 20-plus points on two occasions.
Marshall averaged 13.8 ppg (sixth in MW), 6.1 rpg (seventh in MW), 4.6 assists per game (second in MW) and 1.5 spg (fourth in MW) in conference-only games. He was the only player in the league to average at least 13 points, six rebounds and four assists per game in MW contests. He scored in double figures 11 times, including 20-plus points twice.
Bellfield started all 14 of UNLV's conference games and ranked in the top 10 in six statistical categories in MW play, ranking first in assists (5.4 apg), first in assist/turnover ratio (2.4), third in 3-point field goals made per game (2.3), fourth in 3-point field-goal percentage (.390), sixth in steals (1.4 spg) and ninth in minutes played per game (34.0). He averaged 10.2 ppg and scored in double figures seven times.
Stanback also started all 14 league games, and ranked in the top 10 in three statistical categories in MW play. He was first in 3-point field-goal percentage (.462), fifth in 3-pointers made per game (2.1) and eighth in steals (1.3 spg). He averaged 10.8 ppg and 4.4 rpg, and scored in double figures seven times, including 20-plus points twice.
In addition to Moser, the first team was made up of Colorado State's Wes Eikmeier, New Mexico's Drew Gordon, San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin and TCU's Hank Thorns Jr.
Joining Marshall on the second team were Air Force's Michael Lyons, New Mexico's Kendall Williams, San Diego State's Chase Tapley and Wyoming's Leonard Washington. In addition to Bellfield and Stanback, the third team consisted of Colorado State's Dorian Green and Pierce Hornung, and TCU's J.R. Cadot.
Honorable mention went to Boise State's Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks, New Mexico's Tony Snell, San Diego State's Tim Shelton and Xavier Thames, and Wyoming's Francisco Cruz and JayDee Luster.
In addition to Marshall and Moser, the rest of the all-defensive team included Hornung, Shelton and Luster.
The Player of the Year in the conference went to Franklin, the Defensive Player of the Year was awarded to Luster, TCU's Kyan Anderson was named Freshman of the Year, TCU's Amric Fields was named Sixth Man of the Year and Coach of the Year went to San Diego State's Steve Fisher.