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FSM Recap: UNLV vs SDSU – Mountain West Quarterfinals- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (19-12) | San Diego State Aztecs (23-9)


It was UNLV vs SDSU in a Mountain West Conference Quarterfinal matchup. Behind Freshman Dedan Thomas Jr., the Runnin’ Rebels came back to force overtime, but the Aztecs hung to beat UNLV 74-71.


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The UNLV men’s basketball team suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss to San Diego State, 74-71, Thursday afternoon in the Mountain West Tournament’s quarterfinals at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Dedan Thomas Jr. poured in a career-high 29 points and added five assists for the No. 4 seeded Runnin’ Rebelswhile Keylan Boone added 17 points, eight rebounds, and a career-high-tying four blocks. Justin Webster contributed 14 points.

SDSU had four players score in double figures, led by Jaedon LeDee’s 34 points and 16 rebounds. Jay Pal added 10 points and nine rebounds, while Lamont Butler had 12 points, and Darrion Trammell scored 11 with five assists and five steals.
SDSU used a 12-0 run early in the second half to take a 41-34 lead with 14 minutes to play. Down 10 points with over six minutes to go, UNLV used a 7-0 spurt capped by a Keylan Boone 3-pointer to cut its deficit to just three with four minutes left. Thomas Jr. scored six points in the final 30 seconds, including a short runner in the lane with 0.5 seconds remaining to force overtime.
LeDee made a go-ahead jumper off the glass from the right side of the key with 12.7 seconds left and then hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to give the Aztecs the three-point lead. Thomas Jr.’s long 3-point attempt at the buzzer was off the mark.
UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA record of 1,224 straight games.


UNLV vs San Diego State First Half:


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Dedan Thomas Jr. got the scoring going early for UNLV with a layup to open the game. He followed that up with another layup after a Keylan Boone pass. 

The Runnin’ Rebels had a 14-10 lead at the midway point of the first half after Justin Webster nailed a three-pointer. Both teams traded buckets until SDSU broke through and tied the game with 4:08 to go in the first half. 

UNLV stormed back on a 6-0 run, capped off by two free throws by Webster to give them a 22-16 lead. The Runnin’ Rebels lead got his highest 10 points after Boone drilled another three-pointer to make the score 27–17 with 1:20 remaining in the first half.

SDSU cut the lead in half after Darrion Trammell made a three-pointer to make the score heading into the half 27-22.


UNLV vs San Diego State 2nd Half & OT:


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SDSU came out to start the second half and cut the UNLV lead to two points after a Jay Pal three-pointer to make the score 29–27. But UNLV pushed the lead back up to five points after Boone hit a three-pointer of his own to give the Runnin’ Rebels a 34-29 lead with 17:27 to go in the second half.

The Aztecs then went on a run and pushed their lead to seven points. Thanks to a tram three-pointer to make the score 41–34. UNLV was down five points after two Webster free throws at the midway point in the second half. The score was 45–40. 

But once again, the Aztecs went on a run and, thanks to Jaedon LeDee’s jumper, had a nine-point lead at 54–45. The lead got pushed up to 10 points after Miles Byrd made a three-pointer to make the score 60-50 with 6:33 left in the second half.

But UNLV showed some fight as they clawed back into the game. With just five seconds remaining,  Thomas Jr. made a jumper to tie the game and force overtime with both teams tied at 65.

In OT, Boone got the scoring started with the jumper, and Thomas made two free throws to give UNLV an early 69–65 lead. But San Diego State came back after Trammell made a layup and two free throws by LeDee.

Rob Whaley Jr. slammed on two points after a nice pass from Thomas, and UNLV was ahead 71–69, but those were the final two points of the game. San Diego State held a 74–71 lead with two seconds remaining. On the inbound pass, Thomas took the ball and pulled up with the three, which was just short, and hit the front of the rim as UNLV lost to SDSU. 


UNLV will now wait to see if they are invited to the NIT this weekend. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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