RUNNIN’ REBELS WIN FIFTH STRAIGHT AT HOME, IMPROVE TO 5-1 IN MOUNTAIN WEST PLAY

Six Runnin’ Rebels score in double figures in 98-87 victory over San Jose State Wednesday night to take sole possession of second place in the conference
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Six Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures as the UNLV men’s basketball team (10-9, 5-1) defeated San Jose State 98-87 Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
 
It was UNLV’s fifth straight win at home, gave it sole possession of second place in the Mountain West and was its sixth victory in its last seven games.
 
Sophomore Marvin Coleman led the team in scoring with 17 points, while junior Amauri Hardy and sophomore Bryce Hamilton each had 16, junior Jonah Antonio scored 15, junior Mbacke Diong contributed 12 and junior Donnie Tillman added 10. Diong recorded a game-high 13 rebounds for his fourth double-double of the season.
 
San Jose State (6-13, 2-5) had four players in double-digit scoring, led by Seneca Knight’s 30 points.
 
HOT SHOOTING: Antonio made 5 of 10 3-pointers vs. the Spartans and has connected from long distance on 10 of 22 over his last two games.
 
SHARING THE BALL: Coleman and Hardy combined for 16 assists, each recording a season-high eight. As a team, UNLV dished out a season-high 23 assists on 31 made baskets.
 
NOTES: 
– UNLV’s five-game home win streak is its longest in four years.
– The 98 points scored is a season high.
– UNLV shot 55.4 percent from the field (31 of 56), running its record to 5-0 in games where it shoots 50 percent or better.
– The Runnin’ Rebels shot 40 percent from 3-point range (8 of 20) and a season-high 84.8 percent from the free-throw line (28 of 33).
– After making just 1 of 8 3-pointers in the first half, UNLV shot 7 of 12 from long distance over the final 20 minutes.
– UNLV led by as many as 20 points with 5:41 to go in the game.
– UNLV outscored SJSU 42-28 in points in the paint and 15-7 in second-chance points.
– UNLV outrebounded SJSU 45-23, marking the 15th time this season it has recorded more rebounds than its opponent.
– UNLV was without senior guard Elijah Mitrou-Long for the 10th straight game because of a broken thumb.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,089 straight games.
 
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will remain home to host New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 3 p.m. The game will be a blackout with all fans encouraged to wear black. 250 lucky fans in attendance will win a black UNLV jersey (text to win). The Athletics Department is offering a “Break Game” special as students are still on winter break. A four-pack of tickets for that game is just $64 in the lower bowl. 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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