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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Seton Hall – NIT- Quarter Finals-2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (21-13) | Seton Hall Pirates (23-12)

 

It was UNLV vs Seton Hall on Wednesday evening in a quarter-final matchup in the NIT. UNLV struggled out the gate as Seton Hall jumped out to a commanding lead and never looked back as the Runnin’ Rebels fell to the Pirates 91-68, ending their season.  

 

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Kalib Boone scored 16 points, and Justin Webster added 11, but the Runnin’ Rebels had its season come to an end with a 91-68 NIT quarterfinal loss to Seton Hall Wednesday night at Walsh Gymnasium.

It was UNLV’s second trip to New Jersey in less than a week, as it played a first-round game at Princeton last Wednesday before defeating Boston College at home on Sunday.

The Runnin’ Rebels finished the season with 21 wins, which is the most for the program since the 2012-13 season. The NIT also marked UNLV’s first postseason appearance in 11 years, and it recorded its first postseason win in 16 years.
Keylan Boone, Brooklyn Hicks, and Rob Whaley Jr. all added nine points for UNLV against the Pirates, with Whaley Jr. recording a game-high-tying seven rebounds, Keylan adding six and Kalib five. Kalib was 8 of 10 from the field, and Keylan added three steals.
Seton Hall, which advanced to the NIT semifinals in Indianapolis with the victory, had all five starters score in double figures, led by Al-Amir Dawes‘ 21 points on 8 of 16 from the field. Kadary Richmond shot 7 of 9, scoring 16 points with ten assists, no turnovers, and five steals.
UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA record of 1,227 straight games.

 

UNLV vs Seton Hall First Half:

 

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Seton Hall jumped out to a 6-0 lead behind some cold shooting from UNLV. But Dedan Thomas Jr. got the first points for the Runnin’ Rebels when he drilled a short jumper. Al-Amir Dawes came right back down and made a layup to keep the lead at six points. The Pirates led as high as nine points before the 15:00 mark of the first half when they took a 13-4 lead.

Seton Hall’s lead reached double digits after a Sadraque Nganga layup to make the score 19–9. UNLV trimmed the deficit to six points, 19–13, after Webster made a jump shot. Seton Hall pushed the lead back up to 10 after a Drew Davis layup, but UNLV went on a 4-0 run to bring their deficit down to six points, 24–18.

But Seton Hall was just too physical in the first half. It seemed like they were bullying the Runnin’ Rebels had their lead reached 16 points, 42–26, after Davis made another jump shot with just over one minute remaining in the first half. A UNLV turnover, Dylan Addae-Wusu slammed home the final points of the first half, which gave Seton Hall a 44–26 lead heading into the break.

 

UNLV vs Seton Hall 2nd Half:

 

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The second half started just as bad for UNLV. Seton Hall made their first three shots, while the Runnin’ Rebels missed theirs, and just like that, the Pirates had a 27-point lead, 53-26, early in the second half. 

The lead remained in the 20s for the Pirates for the remainder of the game. 

UNLV did show some fight in the second half as they started to catch fire from deep. Webster, Thomas, and Jackie Johnson III all hit three-pointers, but Seton Hall came right back with their own threes.

Seton Hall was just too physical against UNLV in this quarterfinal matchup. The closest UNLV got was 19 points when the score was 79–60. 

The Pirates went on the runs and increased their lead up to 25 points at one point, ending the game by defeating UNLV by 23 points, with the final score being 91–68.

We got in a hole in the first half, which was tough to dig out of against a really good team like that. Our guys kept fighting and trying to claw back,” UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said following the game. “There was a lot of positivity in the huddles and a belief that we could make a quick run. We had good offensive possessions, but we couldn’t quite do it on the other end where we could get a string of stops together. But it wasn’t for a lack of care or anything like that; we just dug ourselves too big of a hole at the beginning of each half, which proved to be the difference.

 

UNLV’s season is now over. Stay tuned for the best Runnin’ Rebels coverage all offseason on FSM. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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