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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Carroll College – Game 11- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (6-5) | Carroll College Fighting Saints (6-7)

 

It was UNLV vs Carroll College on Sunday afternoon. Five players scored in double figures for UNLV as it closes out 2023 with an 87-51 victory at Thomas & Mack Center.

 

 

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UNLV was back in action on Sunday as the Runnin’ Rebels took on Carroll College. UNLV was looking for an easy victory against the NAIA team from Helena, Montana.

The UNLV men’s basketball team closed out the 2023 calendar year with an 87-51 victory over Carroll College at the Thomas & Mack Center

Five players scored in double figures for UNLV, led by Justin Webster’s 16 points on 6 of 10 from the field, including 4 of 8 on 3-pointers. Kalib Boone had 15 points on 7 of 11 shooting, with four rebounds, four steals and three blocks. Luis Rodriguez and Jackie Johnson III each scored 12, while Rob Whaley Jr. added 11. Dedan Thomas Jr. dished out ten assists against only two turnovers, and Keylan Boone, Rodriguez, and Whaley Jr. led UNLV in rebounds with six apiece.

UNLV’s five players that scored in double figures combined to shoot 62.8% from the field: Webster (6-10), Boone (7-11), Johnson III (4-6), Rodriguez (5-8), Whaley Jr. (5-8).

UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 1,204 straight games.

 

UNLV vs Carroll College First Half:

 

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The first half got started with Kalib Boone stealing the ball. But Boone missed the layup, and the Fighting Saints pushed the ball up to court. But on the other end, Boone came right back and blocked the shot, although Carroll College got the rebound and dunked it home for the first two points of the game. 

UNLV Got their first two points of the game when Louis Rodriguez tied the ball game up with a layup. The game was tied up at nine apiece at the 12:37 mark of the first half. The game that was supposed to be a cakewalk for the RunninRebels started off as a struggle, which wasn’t ideal.

But UNLV went on a 15–0 run to extend their lead to 24–9, with just over six minutes to go in the first half. UNLV went on an 18-11 run to end the first half to go into the locker room leading 42–20.

 

UNLV vs Carroll College 2nd Half:

 

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The second half started with Boone again getting things started for the Runnin’ Rebels. He extended the UNLV lead to 24 points after he made a layup off of a beautiful assist from freshman sensation Dedan Thomas Jr. 

From that point on, UNLV put their foot on the gas and started to throttle Carroll College. With just under 18 minutes left in the game, UNLV extended their lead to 26 points, 50–24. 

At that point, head coach Kevin Kruger started to empty his bench, making sure he was getting everyone some playing time to close out the new year. Justin Webster’s three-pointer gave UNLV a 32-point lead, 63–31, as the fans that showed up started to leave the Thomas & Mack Center.

This was the type of game that UNLV needed after a slow start to the season. It also is the type of game they want to have before they enter Mountain West Conference play.

The final score was 87–51 as the Runnin’ Rebels defeated Carroll College in front of 4,374 in attendance. Webster led the way with 16 points, Boone had 25, and Thomas Jr. had ten assists. 

 

UNLV will close out non-conference play on Tuesday, January 2nd, vs. Bethesda (CA) at 1 p.m. at the Cox Pavilion. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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