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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Boston College – NIT- Second – Round -2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (21-12) | Boston College Eagles (20-16)


It was UNLV vs Boston College on Sunday in a second-round matchup in the NIT. Four UNLV players scored in double figures as the Runnin’ Rebels beat Boston College 79-70 to advance to play the NIT’s #1 seed, Seaton Hall, on Wednesday in a quarterfinal matchup. 


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Four Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures, led by Keylan Boone’s 19 points and eight rebounds, while Dedan Thomas Jr. had 17 points and five assists, in the UNLV men’s basketball team’s win over Boston College, 79-70, Sunday night in the NIT’s second round at the Thomas & Mack Center

Keylan Boone made five 3-pointers for the Runnin’ Rebels and also blocked three shots, while Kalib Boone added 16 points and six rebounds, Justin Webster scored 12 points with four assists, and Rob Whaley Jr. dished out five assists and had two steals.
The Eagles were led by Quinten Post’s 22 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks. Devin McGlockton added 11 points and five assists, Jaeden Zackery scored 10, and Mason Madsen had nine points and eight rebounds.
UNLV turned the ball over just one time in the game while recording 17 assists. The Runnin’ Rebels also forced eight BC miscues that led to 14 Runnin’ Rebel points.
UNLV turned a 54-52 deficit with 11:30 to play into a 63-54 lead with eight minutes to go by going on an 11-0 run. BC cut its deficit to just four with 3:24 to go, but the Eagles would get no closer as UNLV defeated them 79-70.
UNLV has won 21 games in a season for the first time since the 2012-13 campaign, which went 25-10. Kevin Kruger’s first team won 18 games, his second squad won 19, and now, this year, he has won 21 games.
UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA record of 1,226 straight games.


UNLV vs Boston College First Half:


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The game started with both UNLV and Boston College making three-pointers. First, BC’s  Madison Mason hit the Eagles’ first shot of the game, and then UNLV tied the game with a Keylan Boone three.

The Runnin’ Rebels then went on a 9-2 run to take a 12-5 lead with 16:00 on the clock in the first half. 

Each team exchanged buckets for the next six minutes. Dedan Thomas Jr. Got going by hitting a jumper, followed by Kalib Boone making a jump shot to give UNLV a 16-11 lead. Boston College continued to hang around; after a three-pointer, the EaglesClaudell Harris Jr. made a three-pointer of his own to cut the lead to five points, 19–14. 

Quinten Post made a layup to make it a 19-16 game, followed by another BC layup, this time by Elijah Scott, to make the score 19–18 at the midway point of the first half.

With 5:52 remaining in the first half, after a pair of Donald Hand Jr. free throws, lost in college took a 26-25 lead. But Justin Webster came right back down and drilled the three-pointer of his zone to put UNLV back up 28–26.

For the remainder of the first half, each team exchanged buckets and went into halftime, tied up at 37 apiece. 


UNLV vs Boston College 2nd Half:


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Harris came out from halftime and gave the Eagles a 40-37 lead after he made another three-pointer. Rob Whaley Jr. got going with a jumper of his own to cut the lead to just a single point, 40–39. After a layup, Thomas came down the floor and drilled the three-pointer to tie the game at 42.

It was a seesaw battle, and finally, at the 12:52 mark, Keylan Boone made a three-pointer to give UNLV a 51-49 lead. Jackie Johnson III again gave UNLV the lead when he nailed a short jumper from the free-throw line to make the score 56–54.

Whaley Jr. made a layup to extend it to a four-point Runnin’ Rebels lead, and after a Kalib Boone block, Keylan Boone drained a three to extend the lead to seven points, 61–54.

The lead got as high as 10 points after a Kalib Boone jumper, 67-57, and it looked like UNLV would put the game away. But Boston College kept fighting and cut the lead to just four points, 70–66, after post slammed home two points for BC. 

But that was as close Boston College would get as UNLV made free throws down the stretch to hang onto a 79-70 victory. On Wednesday in New Jersey, The Runnin’ Rebels will take on the #1 seed Seton Hall Pirates.

I’m just really happy for the seniors with this being the last time they will play in the Thomas & Mack Center with a UNLV jersey on. It will be a special memory. It was an unbelievable crowd, the best crowd of the year by a mile with an unbelievable atmosphere,UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said following the game. “It was really loud, and the energy that they provided was one of the reasons that we were able to hang on and beat a good Boston College team.


UNLV will go to New Jersey to take on Seaton Hall, the top seed, in the NIT’s quarterfinal round on Wednesday at 4:00 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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