Ugly UNLV loss magnified by injury to star freshman

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UNLV had one of the weirdest losses you’ll see this season on Wednesday night in Tempe, Arizona.

The Rebels jumped out to a 21-6 lead on Arizona State in the first seven minutes, but the rest of their night was disastrous. The Sun Devils managed to level the score by halftime, eventually winning 77-55. That’s a 71-34 run over the final 33 minutes for those of you scoring at home.

To add injury to insult, UNLV’s star freshman Rashad Vaughn suffered what the Las Vegas Sun’s Taylor Bern termed a “non-contact back injury” midway through the second half. He hobbled back to the locker room after he was hurt and didn’t return to the court.

Freshman Jordan Cornish said he thought it was back spasms, per the Sun, but there hasn’t been any official word as of Thursday morning.