In the disposable city, one building was built to last. In a tourist town, one place was created for us. In a culture in search of itself, one arena showed us the way home. We were rugged individualists. But in this house, we came together.

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Episode 1: An Explosive Beginning

11/12/12 vs. NAU | W 92-54

After an off-season of rapt anticipation among fans and pundits, the Rebels gave a hint of the reality behind the hype. Much during squad's 92-54 trouncing of Northern Arizona on Nov. 12 was as advertised: Anthony Marshall looked comfortable at point guard, Katin Reinhardt shot the ball from Pioche and didn't apologize, and Anthony Bennett was the most overpowering force on the floor. Bennett led the Rebels with 22 points, and Bryce Dejean-Jones came back from a preseason broken hand to score 15. Perhaps the most impressive performance, though, was turned in by the 18,187 fans at the Thomas & Mack Center … on a Monday … against Northern Arizona. It was the largest opening-game crowd in UNLV history.

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