RUNNIN’ REBELS IMPROVE TO 6-1 IN MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY FOR FIRST TIME IN 12 YEARS, WIN SIXTH STRAIGHT AT HOME

Marvin Coleman records program’s first triple-double in 20 years, Bryce Hamilton scores most points by a Runnin’ Rebel in 17 seasons as UNLV defeats New Mexico 99-78 Saturday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Sophomore guard Marvin Coleman recorded UNLV’s first triple-double in 20 years and sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton scored more points in a game than any other Runnin’ Rebel in the last 17 seasons as the UNLV men’s basketball team defeated New Mexico 99-78 Saturday afternoon at the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
The win kept UNLV (11-9, 6-1) in sole possession of second place in the Mountain West and its 6-1 league start is its best in 12 years (2007-08). It also was UNLV’s sixth straight home win, matching its longest such streak in five years (2014-15), its third straight victory overall and seventh in the last eight games.
 
Coleman’s 11 points, 12 rebounds and 11 assists marked first triple-double for a Runnin’ Rebel since Mark Dickel accomplished the feat on Nov. 19, 1999 vs. Mississippi Valley State (17-10-12). It is also just the fifth triple-double in Mountain West history.
 
Hamilton led five Runnin’ Rebels in double-figure scoring with a career- and game-high 35 points on 14 of 19 from the field, which was the highest scoring game by a UNLV player since Marcus Banks also had 35 vs. UNR on Dec. 4, 2002.
 
New Mexico (15-5, 4-3) also had five players score in double figures, led by JaQuan Lyle’s 20 points. Corey Manigault recorded a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds.
 
TALE OF TWO HALVES: UNLV used a 9-0 run to close the first half and led 43-40 at the break. The Runnin’ Rebels then outscored New Mexico by 18 points in the second half (56-38).
 
THE REBELS ARE RUNNING: Saturday marked UNLV’s second straight game scoring in the 90s. After scoring a then-season-high 98 vs. San Jose State on Wednesday, the Runnin’ Rebels bested that by a point with 99 vs. New Mexico.
 
50 PERCENT FROM THE FIELD: UNLV also shot over 50 percent from the field for the second straight game, making 50.7 percent vs. UNM. The Runnin’ Rebels are now 6-0 on the season when making at least half of their shots.
 
NOTES: 
– UNLV’s bench outscored New Mexico’s 42-3, thanks to Hamilton’s 35 points.
– UNLV outscored UNM in points in the paint by 30, 58-28.
– The Runnin’ Rebels had 19 second-chance points, while UNM managed just five.
– UNLV outrebounded New Mexico 47-31, marking the 16th time this season it has recorded more rebounds than its opponent. The Runnin’ Rebels entered the game ranked 14th in the country in rebound margin (+8.3).
– UNLV was without senior guard Elijah Mitrou-Long for the 11th straight game because of a broken thumb.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,090 straight games. With Vanderbilt failing to make one Saturday (0 for 25), UNLV and Princeton are the only schools left that have made at least one 3-pointer in every game played since the shot was introduced for the 1986-87 season.
 
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will travel to Reno, Nevada, to play at UNR on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The 8 p.m. game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. The Runnin’ Rebels’ next home game will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, vs. No. 7/6 San Diego State at 1 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
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