Moser’s big week capped with MWC Player of the Week honors

If Mike Moser keeps up his recent level of play moving forward, there will be several Monday morning press releases to come announcing him as the Mountain West’s Player of the Week.

For now, he’s a first-time honoree, after polishing off a huge 3-game week with a 23-point, 17-rebound, 6-assist, 5-steal showing in Sunday night’s 92-55 victory over Morgan State at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The rest of the 6-foot-8 sophomore UCLA transfer’s week included an eight-point, 11-rebound effort in a victory over Nevada-Reno last Monday, then a 19-point, 9-rebound outing against Canisius on Thursday.

Through four games, Moser is averaging 16.5 points, 14.3 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 3.8 steals per game. He’s proving himself to be incredibly difficult for opponents to handle because of his versatility, and the Rebels so far have appeared to rally around his inspired play.

The first true litmus test for Moser and his teammates comes this week, when they’ll face two teams — Cal Poly on Tuesday, then USC on Friday at the Orleans Arena — who will try to slow them down and make them grind it out on both ends. If UNLV defeats Southern Cal, the Rebels will likely earn a Saturday evening meeting with No. 1 North Carolina back at the Orleans.

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It likely won't be the last time UNLV sees a zone defense this year, and when the Rebels do in the future, busting it up won't always look quite as easy as it did on Sunday night. But in a 92-55 rout of Morgan State, UNLV showed just how dangerous it's capable of being if opponents decide to get away from old-school man-to-man tactics. The Rebels (4-0) hit 12 of 23 3-point attempts, recorded assists on 29 of 35 made field goals and out-scored the Bears (0-3) on the fast break 29-2.