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FSM Recap: UNLV vs New Mexico – Game 14- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (8-6 / 1-1) | New Mexico Lobos (13-3 / 1-2)

 

It was UNLV vs New Mexico on Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin’ Rebels had one of their most dominant performances on defense against a hot New Mexico Lobos team and coasted to an 83-73 win.

 

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On Tuesday night, the UNLV men’s basketball team defeated New Mexico, 83-73, in their Mountain West Conference home opener at the Thomas & Mack Center.

It was the Runnin’ Rebels‘ sixth straight win over the Lobos at home and ninth overall in the last ten meetings with New Mexico.

Twin brothers Kalib and Keylan Boone combined for 46 points; Kalib scored a career-high 29, and Keylan added a season-high 17. Dedan Thomas Jr. contributed 14 points with seven assists for UNLV, while Luis Rodriguez also scored in double figures with 13 points while adding a team-high eight rebounds.
New Mexico, who entered the game having won 12 of its previous 13 games, was led by Jaelen House and JT Toppin, each with 16 points.

UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA record of 1,207 straight games.

 

UNLV vs New Mexico First Half:

 

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Kalib Boone got the scoring started for the Runnin’ Rebels with a jumper. Luis Rodriguez then stole the ball and laid it in to give UNLV a quick 4–0 lead. A short time later, Rodriguez extended the Runnin’ Rebel NCAA-record three-point streak to giving UNLV a 7–2 lead.

New Mexico cut the UNLV lead to just three points after Jamal Mashburn Jr. laid the ball in to make the score 13–10. The Lobos tidied it up with 9:09 left in the first half at 21 apiece.

UNLV lost the lead for two minutes, but Dedan Thomas Jr. nailed a three-pointer to put the Runnin’ Rebels up 33-31 with 4:38 to go in the first half.

UNLV maintained their lead over the Lobos going to halftime, with the score at 40–38. 

 

UNLV vs New Mexico 2nd Half:

 

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Keylan Boone got the first points on the board in the second half for UNLV as he drained a 3-pointer. Boone came right back down on the next UNLV possession and drilled another three-pointer to extend the Runnin’ Rebels lead to six points at 46-40. 

The UNLV lead was extended to eight after a Rodriguez slam dunk to make the score 50–42. The Runnin’ Rebels played one of their better defensive games, stifling the Lobos and forcing tough shots and turnovers all game long.

Keylan Boone drained another three-pointer to give UNLV a 59–46 lead with just under 13 minutes to go in the game. A short time later, Brooklyn Hicks made a three-pointer to extend the lead to 64–48, UNLV.

The biggest lead for UNLV on the night was 21 points after Rob Whaley Jr. knocked down two free throws to make the score 69–48 with 9:11 to go in the game. At one point, the Runnin’ Rebels held a 30:00 to 3:00 advantage in minutes leading the game. It indeed was a dominant performance for UNLV.

The closest New Mexico came was nine points, and that happened with just under four minutes ago in the game. But UNLV was able to control the clock, make free throws, and come out with an 83–73 win.

I’m obviously ecstatic for the guys. To come back and bounce back and win against another great defensive team and a great team overall that’s clicking on all cylinders and to come home and protect home court to start the conference is really important,UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said after the game. “We learned the other day that we lost Jalen for the year, which was tough. You could tell they had a little different aura about them. There was no question that they were locked in in the two days getting ready for New Mexico. Now we’ve got to turn it around pretty quickly and get ready for another really good team coming in here on Saturday.

 

UNLV will remain home at the Thomas & Mack Center to host No. 20 Utah State on Saturday, January 13th at noon. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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