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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Wyoming – Game 21- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (12-9 / 5-4) | Wyoming Cowboys (12-10 / 5-4)

 

It was UNLV vs Wyoming on Saturday evening at the Thomas & Mack Center. Keylan Boone and Dedan Thomas Jr. led UNLV with 14 points each as UNLV defeated Wyoming 62-48.

 

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The UNLV men’s basketball team won its third straight game as it defeated Wyoming 62-48 Saturday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Three players were in double figures in scoring for the Runnin’ Rebels. Keylan Boone and Dedan Thomas Jr. led the way with 14 points apiece. Luis Rodriguez added 12 for UNLV. The Runnin’ Rebels committed just four turnovers on the night and converted Wyoming’s 14 miscues into 21 points.
The Cowboys, who entered the contest having won four of their previous five games, had their two-game win streak snapped. Cam Manyawu led them in scoring with 13 points, while Brendan Wenzel had 12. Mason Walters had a game-high 13 rebounds.
Leading 31-23 at halftime, UNLV opened the game’s final 20 minutes with an 11-0 spurt to take a 19-point lead (42-23) with 13 minutes to go.
UNLV held Wyoming to just 32.1% shooting (9 of 28) in the first half and 1 of 9 on 3-pointers (11.1%) in the second half. The Cowboys‘ totals for the game were 34.6% (18 of 52) from the field and 16.0% (4 of 25) on 3-pointers.
UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 1,214 straight games.

 

UNLV vs Wyoming First Half:

 

 

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UNLV started out slow, trailing 4-0 to open the game. But Keylan Boone knocked down a three-pointer to make it a one-point game early on. Dedan Thomas Jr. made two free throws to give the Runnin’ Rebels an early lead. 

UNLV increased to four points, 10–6, after a layup was made by Rob Whaley Jr. UNLV doubled to eight points, 19–11, after Jackie Johnson III made a layup on the beautiful pass from Thomas Jr. 

With just over a minute left in the first half, UNLV had a 10-point lead, 31–21, after Thomas made a floating jumper inside the paint. After Wyoming made two free throws, both teams failed to score for the remaining part of the first half, and UNLV led 31–23 going into halftime.

 

UNLV vs Wyoming 2nd Half:

 

 

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UNLV got things started in the second half, and once again, it was Boone, this time drilling a jumper to extend the UNLV lead to 10 points, 33–23.  The lead jumped to 21 points, 46–25, after Boone made a layup, and the route was on.

Wyoming failed to score a point until the 12:44 mark of the second half. Meanwhile, UNLV extended their lead to 23 points after Johnson III nailed a jumper to give the Runnin’ Rebels a 48–25 lead.

UNLV cruised to a decisive win over Wyoming and beat them 62–48 in front of a thrilled crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center. 

I’m really proud of our guys, knowing and respecting how good of a team Wyoming is, how much better they’ve been getting, and how hard they play; I thought it was evident in the way we prepped and how we played,” UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger said after the game. “Knowing how well they shoot it, I thought tonight was about as good as we have been in terms of executing what the points of emphasis were. We did a really good job of forcing tough shots, forcing some shots out of rhythm, and just knowing how important that was in guarding a really good shooting team like Wyoming.

 

UNLV will be on the road to take on New Mexico next Saturday, February 10th, at 6:00 p.m. Thanks for visiting FranchiseSportsMedia.com for your Las Vegas Sports news today.

 

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