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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Akron – Game 6- 2023

UNLV Men’s Basketball

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (3-3) | Akron Zips (4-3)

 

UNLV took on Akron at the Thomas & Mack Center Tuesday night and survived a late run to come away with the win.

UNLV vs Akron took place on Tuesday.

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Tuesday night was the first-ever meeting between the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels and the Akron Zips. The Runnin’ Rebels came into the game 2-3 after losing a pair of road games to Florida State and Richmond. Akron entered the game with a 4-2 record to start the season.

Most of the 4,702 fans who attended the game hoped to see the Runnin’ Rebels snap their 2-game skid. While UNLV had control for most of the game, they almost gave the game away when it mattered most. UNLV led 70-60 with just over 2:30 to play in the game, but Akron went on a 10-2 run to close the game out. The Zips missed a three-pointer to win it in the waning seconds.

The Runnin’ Rebels escaped with a 72-70 win over the Zips.

So proud of the guys. That was a big win over a very good Akron team. We stumbled a little bit last week and lost a little of our swagger and confidence. That’s one of those things that you can’t say ‘be confident,’ that’s not how it works. You have to get in the gym, keep working,” UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said after the game.

Tonight we came out with a lot more of what we expected to be as a team and did a great job. Shared the ball and shot it the way we want to. That’s an Akron team that is going to win a lot of games, so really happy for the guys that they get to enjoy the day off tomorrow after beating a good team.

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UNLV vs Akron First Half:

It was the start of the UNLV vs Akron first half. 

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The Runnin’ Rebels came out hot as Justin Webster nailed a three-pointer to get UNLV on the board early. After falling behind the Zips 7-5, all-everything point guard Dedan Thomas Jr. spearheaded a Rebels 12-0 run to give them a 17-7 lead.

The Freshman’s savvy in running the offense, whether scoring, directing, or assisting, has made an enormous difference early in the season for UNLV. When Thomas isn’t in there, the offense looks like it has no identity and stagnates.

Luis Rodriguez came out playing with purpose for UNLV on Tuesday night. His play and energy led the way all night for the Runnin’ Rebels. He had nine first-half points. Jackie Johnson III also came out hot for UNLV. Johnson III also had nine first-half points off the bench for the Runnin’ Rebels.

Thomas and Webster each hit a pair of three-pointers in the first half. The Runnin’ Rebels shot 53.1% from the field in the first half (17 of 32) and 58.3% on 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes (7 of 12) to take a 41-31 halftime lead.

It was the end of the UNLV vs Akron first half. 

UNLV vs Akron 2nd Half:

It was the start of the UNLV vs Akron second half. 

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At one point, UNLV led 61-50 and completely controlled the game. The Zips didn’t help their cause by missing open shots, and it looked like the Runnin’ Rebels would run away with an easy win. But that isn’t the Rebel way, as Akron kept it close enough and kept chipping away at the lead.

UNLV was leading the Zips 70-60 with just over two minutes to play, but Akron finished the game on a 10-2 run to cut the lead to 72-70 with just 47 seconds left. The Zips had a chance at the end, but Mikal Dawson missed a long 3-pointer with just a few seconds remaining.

Four Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures, led by Rodriguez, who had 13 points. Rodriguez also added six rebounds, two steals, and two blocks for the Runnin’ Rebels. Kalib Boone added 12 points, as did Dedan Thomas Jr., who also had six assists and four rebounds. Guard Jackie Johnson III chipped in 11 points off the bench for UNLV.

On the night, UNLV recorded season highs of 20 assists and 12 steals. The Runnin’ Rebels finished shooting 48.4% from the field for the game (30 of 62) and 45% on 3-pointers (9 of 20).

Enrique Freeman had 22 points and 13 rebounds for Akron.

UNLV improved to 12-1 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference. It was the Runnin’ Rebels’ second straight win at the Thomas & Mack Center, although the wins came 17 days apart. Lastly, UNLV extended their 3-pointer-made streak to an NCAA record of 1,199 straight games.

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UNLV will head back out on the road next week and play at Dayton on Wednesday, December, 6th at 6:00 pm PST. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

 

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