Odds are that sometime in the first half of UNLV’s Mountain West quarterfinal game with Wyoming on Thursday night, Runnin’ Rebel point guard Oscar Bellfield will move past New Mexico’s Dairese Gary into the top spot in conference history for career assists.
Bellfield, a 6-foot-3 senior from Westchester (Calif.) High School, enters the game with 563 career assists. Gary’s record is 564.
“I didn’t even know about it until about a month ago,” Bellfield, a four-year starter, said. “It would be nice.”
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But Bellfield says his main goal this week is obtaining another milestone … winning the Mountain West Tournament. UNLV hasn’t cut down the nets since 2008, the year before Bellfield arrived on campus.
“That’s the main focus,” Bellfield said. “We need to just take it one game at a time and really get after those guys and stay together and win.”
UNLV head coach Dave Rice, who coached against Bellfield for three years as an assistant at BYU, has gone out of his way this season to express his admiration for Bellfield’s floor leadership and playing ability.
“He’s just a leader for us … steady,” Rice said. “That’s a pretty significant record to have when you think about the number of quality point guards that have been through the league.”