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Runnin’ Rebels Suffer 67-64 Defeat To Fresno State


RUNNIN’ REBELS SUFFER 67-64 DEFEAT TO FRESNO STATE


UNLV shot just 20 percent from 3-point range on Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center

The UNLV men’s basketball team lost 67-64 to Fresno State Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in the first game of a two-game Mountain West series.

 

Fresno State (10-9, 8-9) had four players score in double figures, led by Isaiah Hill’s 19 points and seven assists.

 

Bryce Hamilton and Mbacke Diong were the only UNLV (10-12, 7-8) players to score in double figures with 27 and 16 points, respectively.

 

STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV shot just 20 percent from 3-point range for the game (3 of 15), while Fresno State connected on 10 3-pointers (10 of 27, 37%).

 

QUOTABLE: “We knew coming into this game that their defensive pressure, getting to the foul line, and second chance points is their identity. Unfortunately, that came back to haunt us late. I thought their press wore us down and we had a lot of unnecessary fouls, which put them at the foul line late. We have to be more sound and fundamental in finishing plays and doing the things that we work on every day. That wasn’t the case here tonight and that’s why we came out with the loss.” – UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger

 

NOTES: 

– Fresno State shot 10 more free throws than UNLV, scoring eight more points at the line (17-9).

– Diong and Fresno State’s Anthony Holland each had a game-high eight rebounds.

– UNLV held the Bulldogs to 36.4% shooting from the floor for the game (20 of 55).

– There were a total of 13 lead changes and seven ties throughout.

– UNLV had won two straight games, four of its last six overall and seven of its previous eight at the Thomas & Mack Center.

– UNLV fell to 17-6 all-time against Fresno State at home.

– Fresno State had a two-point halftime lead, 32-30.

– UNLV dominated down low, outscoring Fresno State 30-14 in points in the paint.

– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,124 straight games.

 

NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will close out its series with Fresno State on Friday, February 26 at 8 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network and may be heard on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas.

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