Runnin’ Rebels To Conclude Road Trip At Colorado State Friday Night



8:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. PT game will be televised nationally on FS1


The UNLV men’s basketball team (9-7, 2-2) will close out its two-game road trip on Friday night vs. Colorado State (14-3, 2-2) at Moby Arena in Fort Collins, Colorado. The 8:30 p.m. MT/7:30 p.m. PT game will be televised nationally on FS1.


The Runnin’ Rebels have won two of their last three games and five of seven.


LAST TIME OUT: UNLV ended an eight-game losing streak to Boise State with its 68-64 road victory Tuesday night, also snapping the Broncos’ 22-game home win streak (which was the nation’s longest). Additionally, it was the Runnin’ Rebels’ first win at Boise State in the last six tries. Rob Whaley Jr. led UNLV in scoring with a career-high 18 points, while Justin Webster added 15 and Keylan Boone had 10. Luis Rodriguez collected a season-high 12 rebounds.


RUNNIN’ REBEL LEADERS: Five UNLV players are averaging double figures in scoring this season in Kalib Boone (13.3 ppg), Luis Rodriguez (12.9 ppg), Dedan Thomas Jr. (12.1 ppg), Jalen Hill (10.7 ppg) and Keylan Boone (10.1 ppg). Rodriguez leads the team in rebounds (7.0 rpg, 6th in MW) and steals (2.1, 1st in MW), Dedan Thomas Jr. is the assists leader (6.3 apg, 13th in nation), and Boone leads in field-goal percentage (63.0, 14th in nation) and blocks (1.7 bpg, 1st 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: Colorado State won 13 of its first 14 games this season and spent multiple weeks ranked in the nation’s top 25, but enters Friday’s game having lost two of its last three. Those defeats were at Utah State (77-72) and at Boise State (65-58). The Rams are coming off a 78-69 overtime win over Air Force at home Tuesday. Four CSU players are averaging double figures in scoring, led by Isaiah Stevens’ 17.1 ppg (5th in MW). Stevens also leads in assists (7.2 apg, 3rd in nation) and steals (1.5 spg), while Nique Clifford leads in rebounding (6.3 rpg, 10th in MW) and field-goal percentage (58.8%, 3rd in MW). As a team, the Rams are second in the nation in field-goal percentage (51.5%) and effective field-goal percentage (58.8%), and fifth in assists per game (19.6). Colorado State went 15-18 overall last season, including 6-12 in MW play to finish tied for eighth. Led by head coach Niko Medved, CSU has eight upperclassmen on its 15-man roster.


BROADCAST INFO: Friday’s game will be televised nationally on FS1 with Jenny Cavnar and Jess Settles 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 383. All streaming links and live stats are available at and through the UNLV Rebels App.

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Runnin' Rebels To Conclude Road Trip At Colorado State Friday Night
Runnin' Rebels To Conclude Road Trip At Colorado State Friday Night