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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Colorado State – Game 26- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (16-10 / 9-5) | Colorado State Rams (20-8 / 8-7)


It was UNLV vs #22 Colorado State on Saturday evening at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin’ Rebels beat their third-ranked team on the year with a 66-60 win over the Rams.


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The UNLV men’s basketball team won its seventh game in its last eight contests with a 66-60 victory over #22 Colorado State Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

It also marked the first time since the 2012-13 season that the Runnin’ Rebels have defeated three ranked teams in the same campaign. The other two earlier this season were against #8 Creighton and then #25 New Mexico.

Dedan Thomas Jr. scored 18 of his game-high 23 points in the second half vs the Rams, also recording a team-high-tying six rebounds and making all 12 of his free throw attempts. Luis Rodriguez added 14 points with six rebounds as he was also perfect from the free throw line, making all eight of his tries, including 6 of 6 in the game’s last minute. Keylan Boone also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Colorado State was led by Isaiah Stevens‘ 18 points and six assists. Joel Scott added 13 points and a game-high-tying seven rebounds, while Nique Clifford had 10 points, five assists, and three steals.
The Runnin’ Rebels made 95.7% of its free throws (22 of 23) in the second half, including each of its final 12 attempts of the game (in the final 3:46).
UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 1,219 straight games.


UNLV vs Colorado State First Half:


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UNLV  freshman sensation Dedan Thomas Jr. got the scoring going early for the Runnin’ Rebels when he drained a jumper to start the game. Colorado State then ran off eight straight points to take an 8-2 lead before Thomas Jr. nailed a three-pointer to cut the lead to three.

The Rams got their lead up to 10 points, 17–7, after Jalen Lake made a three-pointer. But UNLV kept hanging around and cut the lead to four points, 21–17, on a Kalib Boone free-throw.

The Runnin’ Rebels took the lead a short time later when Luis Rodriguez made a three-pointer. They increased their lead to three after a Boone slam dunk.

With 1:58 left, Colorado State took a two-point lead after a Patrick Cartier layup. The score was 26–24 heading into halftime, with UNLV trailing.


UNLV vs Colorado State 2nd Half:


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Colorado State increased their lead to four points to start the second half, but that quickly was brought back down to a single point after another Rodriguez three-pointer. With 16:55 on the clock, Thomas Jr. made three free throws to give UNLV a one-point lead, 33–32.

The game continued to be a back-and-forth affair, with both teams taking the lead over the other. But with 11:47 remaining in the game, Jackie Johnson III connected on a three-pointer to give UNLV a 45-41 lead. 

But that was short-lived, as the Rams made a layup and then got a stop. Colorado State’s Nique Clifford made a three-pointer to take a one-point lead, 46-45. But Keylan Boone drained a three-pointer of his own to give UNLV a two-point lead, 48–46.

With 6:17 left in the game, Joel Scott made a free throw to tie the game up at 49. That was the closest Colorado State would be to taking the lead for the remainder of the game. UNLV was able to maintain its lead the remainder of the way. 

Dedan Thomas Jr. iced the game with two free throws to give UNLV a 66–60 lead with 8 seconds left. There would be no miracle come back for Colorado State this time as they leave Las Vegas with a loss.

Couldn’t be more proud of the guys. It was just a great game. They had a great fight and continued to surprise me in a good way. They continue to figure things out, continue to work, and to be ready,UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said after the game. “I’m just really happy for them because they deserve it. They work hard every day, and it’s nice to be on the other side of one like tonight. It could have easily gone the other way.


UNLV will head back out on the road for a game at Wyoming on Tuesday, February 27th, at 7:00 p.m. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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