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FSM Recap: UNLV vs San Jose State – Game 19- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (10-9 / 3-4) | San Jose State Spartans (8-12 / 1-6)


It was UNLV vs San Jose State on Saturday evening in San Jose. After a slow first half, the Runnin’ Rebels, led by Dedan Thomas Jr. and Jackie Johnson III, nailed 14 consecutive shots to cruise to a 77-65 win over San Jose State.


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The UNLV men’s basketball team used a huge second half to come back and win 77-65 at San Jose State on Saturday.

The Runnin’ Rebels were led by Keylan Boone’s game-high-tying 18 points, while Dedan Thomas Jr. added 16 and Jackie Johnson III contributed 12. Luis Rodriguez had a game-high eight rebounds, while Thomas Jr. dished out a game-high-tying six assists with only one turnover for UNLV
San Jose State had four players score in double figures, led by Myron Amey Jr.’s 18 points and five rebounds.
UNLV found itself down by as many as 12 points with six minutes to play in the first half, but a 10-0 run at that point cut its deficit to just two. The Runnin’ Rebels trailed by seven points at the break, 39-32, and outscored the Spartans 45-26 over the game’s final 20 minutes.
UNLV shot 80% from the field in the second half (16 of 20) and made 14 shots in a row to end the game. The Runnin’ Rebels outscored San Jose State 42-20 over the final 14 minutes.
UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 1,212 straight games.


UNLV vs San Jose State First Half:


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San Jose State came after five minutes and had a 10-point lead over the Runnin’ Rebels, 17-7. The Spartans continued to keep the lead between seven and 10 points and increased it to 11 points, 27-16, with nine minutes remaining in the first half.

UNLV trailed 32–12 with  6:16 remaining in the first half. Then, the RunninRebels freshman point guard Dedan Thomas Jr. started to make things happen for UNLV. Thomas helped cut the deficit to just two points, 32–30, with 3:47 left to go in the first half.

But San Jose State increased the lead to seven points over the RunninRebels, 37–32, and took that lead into halftime. UNLV shot 58% from the field in the first half while making just 28% from three-point land and 28% from the free-throw line.


UNLV vs San Jose State 2nd Half:


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In the second half, we saw a completely different UNLV team. The Spartans increased their lead to 10 points, 45–35, at the 14:07 mark, then the Runnin’ Rebels came alive! 

With 10:13 to go in the game, UNLV took a one-point lead on a Jackie Johnson III layup to make the score 48-47.  Next, Keylan Boone drained two free throws to increase the UNLV lead to 3 points, 52-49.

But UNLV went on a run from that point on, where they made 14 consecutive shots, including six free throws, a commanding 12-point lead to end the game. UNLV defeated San Jose State 77–65.

In the second half, the Runnin’ Rebels shot 80% from the field, 62% from three-point land, and 61% from the free-throw line. UNLV ended the game, shooting 68% from the field, 50% from the free-throw line, and 46% from three-point land.

We could have hid in the first 10 minutes, and it could have been really ugly, but they didn’t. They kept pushing and then started to feel good and got their confidence back,” UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said after the game. “They started to play like they had been before when we had a good four or five-week stretch of guarding people. They got their swagger back a little bit and started playing for each other, talking and communicating. It was good to see them have fun again.


UNLV will be back at the Thomas & Mack Center to take on Fresno State this Tuesday, January 30th, at 8:00 p.m. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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