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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Fresno State – Game 23- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (14-9 / 7-4) | Fresno State Bulldogs (11-14 / 4-8)


It was UNLV vs Fresno State on Wednesday evening at the Save Mart Center. The Runnin’ Rebels won their 5th straight game as UNLV hung on to defeat the Bulldogs 67-65.


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The UNLV men’s basketball team extended its win streak to five games as it defeated Fresno State 67-65 Wednesday night at the Save Mart Center. It marks the first five-game conference win streak for the Runnin’ Rebels in four years and secured the regular-season sweep over the Bulldogs.

All five starters scored in double figures for the Runnin’ Rebels. Rob Whaley Jr.’s 17 points led UNLV. Keylan Boone contributed 15 points, while Kalib Boone added 12, Dedan Thomas Jr. had 11, and Luis Rodriguez scored 10
Fresno State was led by Leo Colimerio’s 30 points.
UNLV shot 54.5% from the field (24 of 44), out-rebounded Fresno State 32-19, and outscored the Bulldogs in points in the paint 38-24.
The game had ten ties and four lead changes. Fresno State had a chance to win it in the end. After a UNLV turnover with 11 seconds left and a two-point lead, Fresno State called a timeout with eight seconds to go. Xavier DuSell’s 3-point try as time was expiring missed, and UNLV came away with the win.
UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 1,216 straight games.


UNLV vs Fresno State First Half:


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Freshman sensation Dedan Thomas Jr. for the scoring going early for UNLV. He drained the first bucket of the game to give the Runnin’ Rebels an early 2-0 lead. UNLV extended their lead to 6-3 after Keylan Boone made a jumper.

Fresno State kept the game close, mainly because Leo Colimerio had a career night. The Bulldog was in the zone and made it a 3-point game, 14-11, after a dunk. Rob Whaley Jr. extended the UNLV lead to seven, 20-13, after he finished off a Luis Rodriguez assist with a dunk of his own.

With 6:01 left in the first half, Fresno State took the lead, 23-21, after Colimerio drilled a three-pointer. UNLV struggled with their three-point shooting all game and didn’t make one in the first half, putting their NCAA record streak in jeopardy. 

The first half was a see-saw affair, and UNLV, who led most of the half, went into halftime trailing 32-29.


UNLV vs Fresno State 2nd Half:


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The second half was exactly like the first half, a back-and-forth affair. Fresno State maintained their lead until Whaley Jr. tied the game at 38 at the 16:02 mark. 

At the 14:43 mark, UNLV finally hit their first three-pointer when Thomas Jr. drilled it to give the Runnin’ Rebels a 43-39 lead. For the game, UNLV shot 5-21 (23,8%) from downtown. 

The Runnin’ Rebels’ lead increased to seven, 46-39, when Rodriguez completed a three-point play. It finally looked like UNLV would start to pull away, but Fresno State came charging back.

The game was once again tied at 50 after Isaiah Hill hit a shot jumper in the paint for the Bulldogs. Both teams continued to keep the other at bay, but UNLV increased their lead once again to 7 after Whaley Jr. made a layup to give the Runnin’ Rebels a 62-55 lead.

But Fresno State kept battling back and, from the 3:30 mark, made it a one-possession game the rest of the way. After a Bulldog free-throw to make it a 67-65 UNLV lead, the Runnin’ Rebels inbounded the ball. Thomas finally got his hands on the ball, and the Bulldogs trapped him. Thomas was able to get a pass off to Brooklyn Hicks downcourt, but it went off his hands, and Fresno State took over with 11 seconds left.

Following a Bulldog timeout, Fresno State was able to get a good three-point shot off, even with Thomas closing in. But Xavier Dussell’s three was short, and UNLV came away with the 67-65 win.

It was another great game in the Mountain West. Going home with the win feels pretty good. We have a happy locker room and a happy group of guys. They know how hard it is to win on the road, and getting another road win in this conference is huge,UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said after the game. “The guys battled and fought like crazy. There are a couple of times we could have hung our heads but didn’t. So we’ll enjoy this. We’ll enjoy the flight back and wake up and get ready for UNR.


UNLV will be at home to take on UNR next Saturday, February 17th, at 8:30 p.m. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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