Runnin’ Rebel sinks 3-pointer as time expires to give UNLV a 92-90 victory at T-Mobile Arena
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Senior guard Noah Robotham’s fallaway 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime gave the UNLV men’s basketball team a 92-90 victory over BYU Saturday evening at T-Mobile Arena.
Five Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures, including three with 20 or more points. Freshman forward Joel Ntambwe’s 22 (career high) led the team, while senior guard Kris Clyburn (career high) and sophomore guard Amauri Hardy both had 21. Robotham added 12 and Mbacke Diong scored 10. Ntambwe grabbed a game-high-tying 11 rebounds for his first career double-double.
BYU was led by Yoeli Childs’ double-double of 25 points and 11 rebounds. He was one of four Cougars in double-figure scoring.
A TALE OF TWO HALVES: UNLV led at halftime by 17 points, 47-30, but BYU outscored the Runnin’ Rebels 53-36 in the second half.
FORCING OVERTIME: Ntambwe made two free throws with 27 seconds left to send the game to overtime, tied at 83. BYU missed a 3-pointer at the buzzer on the final possession of regulation.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV made a season-high 13 3-pointers. The Runnin’ Rebels shot 48.1 percent from long distance for the game (13 of 27) after going 9 of 16 in the first half (56.3 percent).
QUOTABLE: “I’m elated for the players, just really excited for them to be in another tough game, preserver and come out on the right side of the win column.” – UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies
– UNLV is now 3-1 all-time at T-Mobile Arena and has won its last five games on the Las Vegas Strip, including at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
– This was the first neutral-court meeting between UNLV and BYU and the first overall meeting since 2011, the Cougars’ final year in the Mountain West.
– UNLV improved to 19-16 all-time vs. BYU.
– The win snapped a three-game losing streak for UNLV.
– Senior forward Shakur Juiston was held out of the game with a knee injury. Freshman forward Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua made his first career start in his place.
– This was UNLV’s first overtime game of the year.
– UNLV has out-rebounded its opponent in all nine of its games this season, including 40-35 vs. BYU.
– BYU outscored UNLV in points in the paint 58-20.
– UNLV committed 17 turnovers, resulting in 21 BYU points. 11 of UNLV’s turnovers came after halftime.
– UNLV’s bench outscored BYU’s 24-12.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,048 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii, to compete in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic next week. The Runnin’ Rebels first game in the tournament will be against Hawaii on Saturday, Dec. 22 at 2 p.m. PT (TV: ESPNU, Radio: ESPN 1100 AM). The Runnin’ Rebels will then face either Colorado or Indiana State on Sunday, Dec. 23. The event will conclude with a third game on Tuesday, Dec. 25.