Four Runnin’ Rebels score at least 16 points as UNLV hands Lobos just their second home defeat of the season Saturday afternoon
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team defeated New Mexico 78-73 on Saturday afternoon at The Pit.
Four Runnin’ Rebel players scored at least 16 points as they gave the Lobos just their second home loss of the season. Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and senior guard Elijah Mitrou-Long each scored 17 points, and junior guard Amauri Hardy and sophomore guard Marvin Coleman each added 16 for UNLV (13-14, 8-6).
New Mexico (17-10, 6-8) was led by Makuach Maluach’s 19 points. Corey Manigault added 17 and Keith McGee contributed 11.
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV held a one-point lead with about 20 seconds left, but New Mexico had the ball. Mitrou-Long made a key steal and Hardy made two free throws with 12 seconds to go to put the Runnin’ Rebels ahead 76-73. New Mexico missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer and Hamilton made two free throws to create the final five-point margin.
WIN STREAK: UNLV has now won four straight games vs. New Mexico, including two in a row at The Pit. Overall, the Runnin’ Rebels have won five of the last seven vs. the Lobos in Albuquerque.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV shot 50 percent from the field (32 of 64), improving its record to 7-0 this season when it makes at least half of its shots in a game.
QUOTABLE: “We talked to our guys a lot about bouncing back and being together. Really worked the last couple of days on confidence and shooting the basketball. I thought both of those were ever-present today. We came out and knocked down some shots early. That really helped open and space the floor. I thought our guys did a great job in transition and then got just enough stops and were gutty at the right time to finish the game.” – UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger
– It was UNLV‘s third road win of the season, as it held a 2-8 mark away from home heading into the game. New Mexico is now 14-2 at home.
– With the win, UNLV recorded its second regular-season sweep of a Mountain West opponent this year. The other is Fresno State.
– Hamilton has scored in double figures in 14 straight games.
– Coleman was a perfect 6 of 6 from the field, including 4 of 4 on 3-pointers.
– There were 17 lead changes and 10 ties throughout the game.
– UNLV outscored New Mexico in points in the paint 42-30, in second-chance points 8-0 and in fast-break points 27-15.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,097 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Feb. 18 to host Colorado State at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.