Runnin’ Rebels Look To Win Third Straight Saturday Against Wyoming



UNLV looks win third straight game at 5 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center


The UNLV men’s basketball team will look for its third straight win as it hosts Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 3 at 5 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.


PROMOTIONS: Saturday’s game, which is presented by Conexa, will feature Las Vegas’ own rock band Foundry performing the national anthem and fans will be able to enjoy a special halftime performance from members of UNLV’s National Pan-Hellenic Council. During the game, fans will have a chance to catch $1,000 worth of Visa gift cards during the parachute drop courtesy of Professional Roofing Services. In addition, select fans will compete to win prizes courtesy of Intermountain Health and Conexa. Also, the first 75 UNLV students in the student section will receive an In-N-Out gift card.


TICKETS: Tickets to UNLV men’s basketball home games may be purchased at, by calling 702-739-3267 or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.


LAST TIME OUT: UNLV (11-9, 4-4) won its second straight game on Tuesday night as it defeated Fresno State 78-69 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Boone brothers combined to score 36 points for the Runnin’ Rebels. Kalib Boone had a game-high 21 points with three blocks, while Keylan Boone recorded his second double-double of the season with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds. Luis Rodriguez and Dedan Thomas Jr. each added 12 points, with Thomas Jr. dishing out six assists. UNLV never trailed in the game. The Runnin’ Rebels scored the game’s first 10 points – all by Rodriguez – and led 20-5 halfway through the first half. The Bulldogs eventually cut the score to a one possession game on multiple occasions, but UNLV answered every time.


RUNNIN’ REBEL LEADERS: Five UNLV players are averaging double figures in scoring this season in Kalib Boone (13.0 ppg), Luis Rodriguez (12.1 ppg), Keylan Boone (12.0 ppg), Dedan Thomas Jr. (11.8 ppg) and Jalen Hill (10.7 ppg). Rodriguez leads the team in rebounds (7.0 rpg, 6th in MW) and steals (1.8, 2nd in MW), Dedan Thomas Jr. is the assists leader (6.2 apg, 12th in nation), and Boone leads in field-goal percentage (62.2, 23rd in nation) and blocks (1.6 bpg, 3rd in MW). Hill missed six games with a wrist injury and returned at San Diego State on Jan. 6, but left late in the first half in that game after suffering a knee injury, which an MRI later revealed to be a season-ending ACL tear.


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).


ABOUT THE OPPONENT: Wyoming (12-9, 5-3) enters Saturday’s game having won four of its last five contests. The Cowboys have won two straight: at home in overtime over then-No. 24/23 Colorado State (79-76) last Saturday and at Air Force (83-72) on Tuesday. In the victory over CSU, Wyoming came back from 11 points down with 1:11 to play. The Cowboys are 8-1 at home this season and 1-7 in true road games. Sam Griffin leads the team in scoring with 18.1 ppg, while Cam Manyawu is the team’s leading rebounder (5.9 rpg). Griffin also leads in assists (3.6 apg) and field goal percentage (46.4). Wyoming is eighth in the country in 3-point percentage (39.8). The Cowboys went 9-22 overall last season, including 4-14 in MW play to finish 11th in the league standings. Led by head coach Jeff Linder, Wyoming has nine underclassmen on its 15-man roster.


BROADCAST INFO: Saturday’s game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz, Avery Johnson and Darren Collison calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and worldwide on SiriusXM 384. All streaming links and live stats are available at and through the UNLV Rebels App.

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Runnin' Rebels Look To Win Third Straight Saturday Against Wyoming
Runnin' Rebels Look To Win Third Straight Saturday Against Wyoming