UNLV will be without its leading scorer and rebounder for Saturday’s regular-season finale at Nevada.
Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones was suspended by head coach Dave Rice on Thursday afternoon for all basketball-related activities through Saturday for what was termed “conduct detrimental to the team.”
Dejean-Jones, who leads the team in scoring with a 13.4 average, stormed off the court at the end of Wednesday’s 73-64 loss to San Diego State while the rest of his teammates lined up to shake hands and thank fans in the Rebellion student section for their support.
Dejean-Jones was yanked from the game with 1:41 remaining after missing a long 3-pointer with his team trailing 67-62. He scored seven points on 1-of-7 shooting and had three turnovers in just 21 minutes against the Aztecs.
The Rebels (19-11, 10-7 MW), who need a win over the Wolf Pack (14-16, 9-8) to clinch third place and the No. 3 seed for next week’s Mountain West Tournament, also will be without starting forward and top rebounder Roscoe Smith, who suffered a concussion in last Saturday’s win at Air Force and sat out the San Diego State loss.
Nevada won the first meeting with the Rebels, 74-71, on Jan. 8 at the Thomas & Mack Center.