OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada – UNLV coach Dave Rice hasn’t been shy about making comparisons to former BYU All-American Jimmer Fredette when talking about freshman guard Katin Reinhardt.
It didn’t take long to see why.
Reinhardt, playing in his first game in a Runnin’ Rebels uniform, came off the bench to score a team-high 19 points, including nine during a key 11-0 stretch that gave UNLV the lead in the second half, and also nailed 4 of 8 3-pointers as the Rebels rallied to edge Carleton University, 74-70, in the opening game of their four-game Canadian exhibition tour.
“He was terrific,” Rice said of the 6-foot-5 freshman who helped lead Mater Dei High School of Santa Ana, Calif., to the California Division I state title last March. “He made some tough, hard shots. One thing about Katin is he loves the big stage and he loves when the game is on the line.”
Anthony Marshall added 14 points, including a big steal and dunk with 6.9 seconds to go that increased UNLV’s lead to four points, and sealed the win with a pair of free throws with a second to play.
“It’s a big deal to go to the line and make big free throws,” Rice said of Marshall, who also had seven rebounds and four assists. “Anthony showed great leadership.”
The Rebels, who connected on 10 of 20 3-pointers (50.0 percent), also got solid performances from forward Mike Moser (10 points, three blocks), guard Brice Dejean-Jones (9 points) and forward Quintrell Thomas (6 points, nine rebounds).
Carleton University is the two-time defending Interuniversity Sport Champion and drew comparisons to Colorado State for talent and ability. The game was played before an estimated 550 fans in steamy and tiny North Fenn Gym Gymnasium, including about 100 supporting UNLV.
Game 2 of the Canadian tour for the Rebels is Sunday at 11 a.m. (PST) against the University of Ottawa. The game is scheduled to be streamed live on the Internet at http://www.ssncanada.ca/game/4327/
— MyLVsports.com staff report