RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST STETSON SATURDAY AFTERNOON
UNLV legend Anderson Hunt to have jersey retired during halftime of 4 p.m. game
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The UNLV men’s basketball team will conclude its two-game season-opening homestand on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 4 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center vs. Stetson. It will be Anderson Hunt Day as the Runnin’ Rebels will honor UNLV legend Anderson Hunt with a jersey retirement ceremony at halftime.
SATURDAY’S PROMOTIONS: Saturday’s game, which is presented by Findlay Chevrolet, will feature the honoring of Runnin’ Rebel legend Anderson Hunt with a special banner ceremony during halftime.
The first 2,000 fans will be able to pick up a free Anderson Hunt jersey T-shirt, located at the entrance near section 117 and the entrance near the Strip View Pavilion.
TICKETS: Tickets to UNLV men’s basketball home games are on sale now at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-3267 or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
ABOUT THE ROSTER: This season’s UNLV squad features seven returners from last year’s team along with seven newcomers. The newcomers are made up of three Division I transfers, a junior college transfer and three freshmen. UNLV has 10 upperclassmen, including five fifth-year seniors. A total of four players on the roster are playing in their hometown of Las Vegas. The Runnin’ Rebels return two starters in Luis Rodriguez and Justin Webster, who averaged 10.7 and 8.2 points per game last season, respectively. Rodriguez led last season’s team in rebounding (5.7 rpg).
LAST TIME OUT: UNLV dropped its season opener on Wednesday night to Southern, 85-71. Four Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures, led by Isaiah Cottrell’s 18 points.
ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Stetson opened the 2023-24 season Monday night with a 109-54 home win over Trinity Baptist College. The Hatters were led by Jalen Blackmon’s 21 points and Aubin Gateretse’s 15 rebounds. Stetson also won its lone exhibition game, 78-65, against Florida Tech on Nov. 1. Stetson finished last season with an overall record of 17-14, tying for third in the Atlantic Sun Conference with a 12-6 league mark. The Hatters were picked to finish third in their conference in this year’s preseason coaches poll. Blackmon was named to the Preseason All-ASUN Team. Led by head coach Donnie Jones, Stetson has eight upperclassmen on its 16-member roster. Blackmon led the team in scoring last season with 15.4 ppg, which was No. 7 in the ASUN.
BROADCAST INFO: Saturday’s game will be broadcast on the Mountain West Network and Silver State Sports & Entertainment Network (digital channel 5.2 & 125 on Cox in Las Vegas) with Matt Neverett and Steve Cofield calling the action. Jon Sandler and former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas. All streaming links and live stats are available at UNLVRebels.com and through the UNLV Rebels App.
LAST SEASON: The Runnin’ Rebels finished the 2022-23 season with 19 wins. UNLV won two games over ranked teams, which marked the first time the program had won multiple games against top 25 teams in the same season since 2015-16. UNLV raced out to a hot start, going 11-1 in non-conference play after winning its first 10 games. The non-conference record was its best in 32 years and the 10-0 start was its best in 34 seasons. When the team was 10-0 it was receiving votes in both top 25 polls. EJ Harkless was named Second Team All-Mountain West when conference play concluded.