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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Fresno State – Game 20- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (11-9 / 4-4) | Fresno State Bulldogs (9-12 / 2-6)


It was UNLV vs Fresno State on Tuesday evening at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Boone brothers combine for 36 points as Keylan Boone records a double-double with a game-high 13 rebounds for UNLV in a 78-69 win over Fresno State.


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The UNLV men’s basketball team won its second straight game as it defeated Fresno State 78-69 Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Boone brothers combined to score 36 points for the Runnin’ Rebels. Kalib Boone had a game-high 21 points with three blocks, while Keylan Boone recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Luis Rodriguez and Dedan Thomas Jr. each added 12 points, with Thomas Jr. dishing out six assists for UNLV
Fresno State was led by Enoch Boakye’s double-double of 16 points and ten rebounds, five blocks, and three steals. Isaiah Hill added 12 points, nine assists, and three steals.
UNLV never trailed in the game. The Runnin’ Rebels scored the game’s first 10 points, all by Rodriguez, and led 20-5 halfway through the first half. The Bulldogs eventually cut the score to a one-possession game on multiple occasions, but UNLV answered every time.
UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 1,213 straight games.


UNLV vs Fresno State First Half:



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UNLV got the scoring going early courtesy of Luis Rodriguez, who scored the Runnin’ Rebels first 10 points of the game, giving UNLV a 10–0 lead over Fresno State to start the game. This was the kind of start UNLV needed in front of their crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The UNLV lead increased to 20–5 after a Rob Whaley Jr. slam dunk at the midway point of the first half. The Bulldogs went on a 4-0 run of their own to cut the lead to 20–9, but Keylan Boone and Rodriguez got the UNLV lead back up to 12 points.

Boone, Rodriguez & Brooklyn Hicks continued to keep the Bulldogs at a distance, and the UNLV lead at 11 points with the score being 30–19. Jackie Johnson III nailed a three-pointer, and then Dedan Thomas Jr. made a layup to increase the UNLV lead to 34–21.

Fresno State got the UNLV lead down to just six points, 34–28, with 39 seconds left in the first half. But with 19 seconds left, Boone drained a three-pointer to give the Runnin’ Rebels a 37–28 lead going into halftime.


UNLV vs Fresno State 2nd Half:



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UNLV and Fresno State exchanged buckets to start the second half, with the UNLV lead decreasing to just six points, 39–33. But the other Boone brother, Kalib, slammed home two points to increase the lead to eight points and make the score 41–33.

With 14:12 left in the game, Fresno State made a three-pointer to cut the UNLV lead to three. b the Runnin’ Rebels went on a run to increase the lead to nine points. It was 51-42 after Kalib Boone made two free throws. 

The Bulldogs kept fighting to stay in the game, bringing the UNLV lead down to a single point at 51-50. But once again, UNLV went on a run of their own, increasing their lead to nine points. It was 59–50 with 7:43 to go in the game.

Thomas Jr.’s jumper gave UNLV a 10-point lead, 63–53, with 5:28 left in the game. That jump shot essentially sealed Fresno State’s fate as the Bulldogs never got closer than five points for the remainder of the game and ended up losing to UNLV 78–69.

That was a good college basketball game with a lot of fight between two very competitive teams. Fresno State does a good job of getting you out of what you want to, but our guys battled,UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said after the game. “We did a really good job in the first half of forcing turnovers, keeping them off the offensive glass, and creating for each other. Our play at the beginning of the first half and at the end of it was the cushion that we needed to get the win. I’m happy for them and proud of them.”


UNLV will be back at the Thomas & Mack Center to take on Wyoming this Saturday, February 3rd, at 5:00 p.m. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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