UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Hamilton Earns NABC All-District Honors

BRYCE HAMILTON EARNS NABC ALL-DISTRICT HONORS


UNLV men’s basketball sophomore guard named to District 17’s second team

UNLV sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton has earned 2019-20 National Association of Basketball Coaches’ (NABC) All-District 17 second team honors, the organization announced Monday.

 

Hamilton, who led the Runnin’ Rebels to a second-place finish in the Mountain West this season as the team tallied 12 conference victories for the first time in 12 seasons, was one of 10 players in his district to earn recognition. The all-district teams were selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division I.

 

District 17’s first team included UNR’s Jalen Harris, San Diego State’s Malachi Flynn, Utah State’s Sam Merrill, San Diego State’s Yanni Wetzel and Colorado State’s Nico Carvacho, while the second team was made up of Hamilton, Boise State’s Justinian Jessup and Derrick Alson Jr., San Diego State’s Matt Mitchell and Utah State’s Neemias Queta. San Diego State’s Brian Dutcher earned the District 17 Coach of the Year award.

 

Hamilton was UNLV’s first first-team All-Mountain West honoree since 2013 and averaged a team-high 16.0 points per game for UNLV during the 2019-20 season, playing in all 32 games and starting 14. He shot 45.3 percent from the field and averaged 5.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per contest. In conference action, he was second in the league in scoring with 20.9 ppg and was second on the team in rebounding at 6.7 rpg, starting 11 of UNLV’s 18 league contests. He became the first Runnin’ Rebel to average at least 20 ppg in conference play in nine years.

 

Hamilton scored in double figures in 24 games overall, including each of his last 19 contests, scored a career-high 35 points vs. New Mexico on Jan. 18 and tallied at least 20 points in 10 games (eight of his last 13 contests). He was named the league’s Player of the Week on two occasions.

 

Hamilton was also named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s All-District VIII team earlier this month.

UNLV ATHLETICS NEWS: Lindy La Rocque Chosen To Lead Women’s Basketball Program

LINDY LA ROCQUE CHOSEN TO LEAD UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM

After being a part of 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, including as a player and coach at Stanford, the Las Vegas native is returning home

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Lindy La Rocque has been named the new head women’s basketball coach at UNLV, Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois announced Wednesday.

A key part of 11 straight NCAA Tournament appearances, La Rocque is returning to her native Las Vegas where she prepped at Durango High School before playing in four straight Final Fours as a student-athlete at Stanford University. She has been an assistant coach with the Cardinal for the last three years under legendary head coach and Hall of Famer Tara VanDerveer.

“We are so enthused about bringing Coach La Rocque back to Las Vegas to lead our women’s basketball program,” Reed-Francois said. “Our pool of candidates was exceptional, but Lindy’s character, intellect and energy really stood out. She has worked for and learned from some of the best leaders in sports history and is a rising star in coaching. She will be a great fit for our program, university and in the community.”

On the coaching staff at Stanford since 2017, the program consistently ranked among the top 10 in the country. The Cardinal made NCAA Tournament appearances in each season, including two Sweet 16s, an Elite Eight and won the Pac-12 Conference Tournament Championship in 2019. From 2017-20, Stanford had an overall record of 82-22 and was 43-10 in conference play.

“I am so thrilled to be able to come back to my hometown of Las Vegas to lead the UNLV women’s basketball program,” La Rocque said. “It is truly special to return to a place and in a community that has essentially raised and has supported me throughout all of my life. I have been a Rebel fan since I was a young girl and to now be the head coach at UNLV is truly a dream come true. Thank you to Desiree Reed-Francois and President Meana for this incredible opportunity and for their belief and trust in me to lead these young women. I cannot wait to get started!”

Prior to coaching at Stanford, La Rocque spent two seasons (2015-17) as an assistant coach at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee, helping the Bruins to a pair of NCAA Tournament berths, including the program’s first in nine seasons. Belmont went 51-15 overall and 29-3 in Ohio Valley Conference play during La Rocque’s time there, winning the league’s regular-season championship during the 2016-17 season and the conference’s tournament title both seasons.

La Rocque began her coaching career as a graduate assistant at the University of Oklahoma, working for Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer Sherri Coale, while pursuing her master’s degree in education. The team played in both the 2014 and 2015 NCAA Tournaments.

La Rocque played at Stanford from 2008-12, appearing in 138 career games which ranks eighth in program history. She was instrumental in helping the Cardinal compile a 137-12 overall record during her four years, including an amazing 71-1 mark in Pac-12 play. Her team won four regular season conference championships and four league tournament titles, appearing in the NCAA Tournament each season and advancing to the national title game in 2010.

The eighth full-time head coach in UNLV women’s basketball history, La Rocque is the first originally from Las Vegas to be hired to lead the Lady Rebel program.

La Rocque earned a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and society, with an emphasis in earth systems, civil and environmental engineering, and calculus from Stanford in 2012. She holds a master’s degree in adult and higher education from Oklahoma, which she earned in 2015.

La Rocque was a decorated student-athlete at Durango High School in Las Vegas, where she became the school’s (boy’s and girl’s) all-time leading scorer with 2,678 points and holds many other program records.

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WHAT THEY ARE SAYING…

Tara VanDerveer
Stanford Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer

“I am thrilled for Lindy and this excellent opportunity for her to return to her hometown and further her career as head coach of UNLV. First as a player, then as a coach, Lindy has helped maintain the championship tradition of Stanford women’s basketball. I’ve been pleased to see her channel her high IQ both on and off the court to assist our program in every facet, including recruiting, compliance and academic efforts. Because of her basketball knowledge, matched with unwavering loyalty and integrity, I expect her to do very well in Las Vegas.”

Bernard Muir
Stanford Director of Athletics

“Lindy La Rocque is a rising star in the profession and this is truly an exciting opportunity as she takes the next step in her career while returning home. Lindy’s influence on our student-athletes has been evident both on and off the court while her championship pedigree as a student-athlete gives her instant credibility and allows her to genuinely connect and build relationships with anyone.”

Sherri Coale
Oklahoma Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Women’s Basketball Hall of Famer

“Lindy is one of the brightest young minds in our game. She understands basketball and is passionate about teaching it. Her personal energy and the positive frame through which she sees the world will fuel her leadership of the UNLV program. Lindy La Rocque is a star.”

Bob Miller
Former Governor of Nevada

“As a Lady Rebel fan, I am excited that Lindy will bring her experience and enthusiasm to UNLV. I have known her since her childhood and watched her develop into one of the best high school players in our state’s history, then a Stanford star. She is a student and teacher of the game, and players and fans alike will benefit from her knowledge. I can hardly wait!”

Lute Olson
Former Arizona Men’s Basketball Head Coach
Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer

“Congratulations to UNLV for hiring a young and energetic coach in Lindy La Rocque to head their women’s basketball program. I have known Lindy since she was born. Lindy was the first, and only girl, to attend my Elite Basketball Camp at the University of Arizona! I have always followed her career as a player and as a coach. Lindy is a student of the game and I predict much success in her coaching career.”

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS AND NEW SALES AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL

SEASON TICKET RENEWALS AND NEW SALES AVAILABLE FOR 2020-21 UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL


Prices will remain unchanged for 2020-21 season, while a new faculty and staff ticket structure is announced

UNLV men’s basketball season ticket holders are now able to renew their tickets for the 2020-21 Runnin’ Rebel season with a special renewal price until June 1, and can also purchase new season tickets, the athletics department announced today.

Information on how to renew or purchase additional tickets will be sent via email to current account holders.

Prices will remain unchanged for regularly priced season tickets. Season tickets for the 2020-21 season start at just $119 and include several benefits, which may be found by clicking here.

“Coach Otzelberger has set a strong foundation in his first year leading the Runnin’ Rebels,” said UNLV Director of Athletics Desiree Reed-Francois. “We have high expectations for the future and look forward to continuing our positive momentum. We are grateful for the support we continue to receive from our loyal fans and continue to work hard to make the Thomas & Mack Center the best atmosphere in all of college basketball.”

The pricing structure for season tickets for faculty and staff has been adjusted. UNLV faculty and staff season tickets will now be available with no priority donation required, but faculty and staff must be a member of the Rebel Athletic Fund to qualify. Memberships start at just $25. The recent F&S discount was 20 percent off the ticket amount, but a full priority donation was required. Now there is no discount on the ticket amount, but the priority donation is no longer needed. F&S tickets are available in Lower Bowl 2 price levels and above.

“We listened to our faculty and staff and this is a way of expressing our appreciation,” Reed-Francois said. “UNLV is a special place and we wanted to thank them for their contribution.”

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL READY FOR MONDAY’S MW QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP WITH SAN JOSE STATE

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL READY FOR MONDAY’S MW QUARTERFINAL MATCHUP WITH SAN JOSE STATE

 

Lady Rebels are 20-3 all-time against the Spartans in Las Vegas, 1-0 in MW Tournament play

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The UNLV Lady Rebels will open play in the 2020 Air Force Reserve Women’s Mountain West Championship Quarterfinals Monday afternoon as the fifth-seeded Lady Rebels will face the fourth-seed San Jose State Spartans at 2:30 pm in the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV is looking for both its first win over SJSU this season after being swept by the Spartans, as well as looking to advance to the semifinals for the first time since the 2017 tournament.

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Krista Blunk (play-by-play) and Tammy Blackburn (color analyst) will provide the call, while Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and will handle the UNLV radio broadcast on UNLVRebels.com.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  The Lady Rebels are looking to change their recent fortune in the conference tournament, as UNLV has fallen in the quarterfinal round in the past two seasons. The last win for UNLV in the MW Championships was a 25-point win over Utah State in the 2017 Quarterfinals.
♦  This is only the second time the Lady Rebels and the Spartans have met in the conference tournament. The first meeting was in the 2014 tournament, as the seventh-seed UNLV topped 10th-seed San Jose State 78-75 in the first round.
♦  That tournament meeting is also the only time the teams have met in the Thomas & Mack Center. All-time UNLV is 20-3 against the Spartans in Las Vegas.
♦  Senior Rodjanae Wade is having a tremendous final season for the Lady Rebels, as she currently ranks first in the nation in offensive rebounding (5.5 rpg) and is third in double-doubles (20), has tied the UNLV school season double-double record and needs one to tie the MW record.
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad is one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

TRAVEL PACKAGES FOR UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL AT 2020 MAUI INVITATIONAL AVAILABLE NOW

TRAVEL PACKAGES FOR UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL AT 2020 MAUI INVITATIONAL AVAILABLE NOW


Rebel Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders will receive top priority for hotel accommodations, game tickets, ground transportation and more for premier holiday tournament in November

Travel packages for the UNLV men’s basketball team’s trip to the 2020 Maui Jim Maui Invitational are now available for purchase, the athletics department announced Thursday.

 

Rebel Athletic Fund members and season ticket holders will receive top priority for hotel accommodations, game tickets, ground transportation and more for college basketball’s premier holiday tournament in November.

 

Travel packages may be reserved by clicking here.

 

The 2020 tournament’s field boasts a combined 214 NCAA Tournament appearances, 39 Final Four berths and 13 national championships, and in addition to UNLV includes Alabama, Davidson, Indiana, North Carolina, Providence, Stanford and Texas.

 

The eight teams will convene in Maui for the 37th annual tournament, contested November 23-25, 2020, at the historic Lahaina Civic Center. It will mark UNLV’s fourth appearance at the event. Previous Runnin’ Rebel teams competed in 1988, 2000 and 2015.

 

Three of the 2020 event participants are ranked among the top 20 all-time winningest schools, including North Carolina, Indiana and Texas. North Carolina is the second-winningest program all-time by percentage, while UNLV is fifth on that list. Prior to the 2019-20 season, UNLV, Indiana, and North Carolina each ranked in the top 15 programs with the most consecutive weeks at No. 1 in the AP Poll.

 

Each team in the 2020 field will be making a return appearance in Maui.

 

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Wear White Wednesday For Senior Night

WEAR WHITE WEDNESDAY FOR SENIOR NIGHT

 

Runnin’ Rebels will host Boise State at 8 p.m. in regular-season home finale

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The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of three straight games, four of its last five overall and eight of its last 10 at home, will host Boise State on Wednesday, Feb. 26 at 8 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center for its regular-season home finale, which is also Senior Night.

All fans are encouraged to wear white to the game and the first 3,500 through the doors can pick up a free white t-shirt. Additionally, the free Runnin’ Rebel Fest will open at 6 p.m. near the Tark Statue and features music, games, food, drinks and more. Tickets to the game start at just $16 when purchased before the day of the game at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off their biggest road win in 29 years. UNLV ended then-No. 4 San Diego State’s perfect season on Saturday with a 66-63 victory in San Diego. It marked the highest-ranked team that UNLV has defeated in a true road game since No. 2 Arkansas in 1991. The Runnin’ Rebels blew out Colorado State, 80-56, last Tuesday, and won at New Mexico, 78-73, on Feb. 15.

Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (15-14, 10-6) in scoring, averaging 15.5 and 14.1 points per game, respectively. Hamilton was named Mountain West Player of the Week on Monday after recording double-doubles in his last two games. He has now scored in double figures in 16 straight contests and has tallied 23 or more points in six of his last 10 games. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.1 per contest (5th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

Boise State (19-10, 11-6) is in its 10th year under head coach Leon Rice. The Broncos have won three of their last four games and eight of their last 10. Derrick Alston leads the team in scoring with 17.8 ppg (3rd in MW), while RJ Williams is the leading rebounder with 8.4 rpg (4th in MW).

Boise State won the season’s first meeting between the two teams, 73-66, in Boise on Jan. 8.

Wednesday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Rich Waltz and Dan Dickau calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

Runnin’ Rebels At No. 4 San Diego State Saturday

RUNNIN’ REBELS AT NO. 4 SAN DIEGO STATE SATURDAY

 

4:30 p.m. game vs. nation’s only unbeaten team to be televised by CBS Sports Network

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The UNLV men’s basketball team, winner of three of its last four games, will head back out on the road to face the nation’s only unbeaten team in No. 4 San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 22 at 4:30 p.m. at Viejas Arena in San Diego.

The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off their most complete performance of the year, as they defeated Colorado State, 80-56, Wednesday night at home. In that contest, UNLV led by as many as 35 points en route to its largest margin of victory of the season. Prior to that, the Runnin’ Rebels defeated New Mexico, 78-73, at The Pit last Saturday, lost a home to UNR, 82-79, in a program-record sixth overtime game of the season on Feb. 12, and defeated Fresno State by a point, 68-67 on Feb. 8 on a last-second shot by sophomore guard Marvin Coleman.

Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (14-14, 9-6) in scoring, averaging 15.6 and 14.0 points per game, respectively. Hamilton has scored in double figures in 15 straight games and has tallied 23 or more in six of his last nine outings. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.1 per contest (4th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

SDSU (26-0, 15-0) is in its third season under its head coach, Brian Dutcher. The Aztecs are led by Malachi Flynn’s 16.7 ppg (5th in MW) and Yanni Wetzell’s 6.5 rpg (8th in MW). Flynn also leads the team and league in assists (5.1 apg). SDSU is coming off a 72-55 road win at Boise State on Sunday.

SDSU won the season’s first meeting between the two teams, 71-67, in Las Vegas on Jan. 26.

Saturday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Jason Horowitz, Pete Gillen and John Schriffen (sidelines) calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

Runnin’ Rebels To Host Colorado State Tuesday Night At 7:30 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS TO HOST COLORADO STATE TUESDAY NIGHT AT 7:30 P.M.

 

It’s Taco Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center with tacos available for just $2

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center to host Colorado State on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

It will be Taco Tuesday at the Thomas & Mack Center with tacos available for just $2 at select concessions stands during the game. Tickets start at just $16 each when ordered in advance at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who have won two of their last three games overall and seven of nine at home, are coming off of a 78-73 win over New Mexico at The Pit on Saturday. Prior to that, UNLV played in a program-record sixth overtime game of the season, falling to intrastate rival UNR, 82-79, on Feb. 12, after defeating Fresno State by a point, 68-67 on Feb. 8 on a last-second shot by sophomore guard Marvin Coleman.

Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (13-14, 8-6) in scoring, averaging 15.3 and 14.1 points per game, respectively. Hamilton has scored in double figures in 14 straight games and has tallied 23 or more in five of his last eight outings. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.2 per contest (4th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

Colorado State (18-9, 9-5) is in its second year under its head coach, Niko Medved. The Rams have won four of their last five and nine of 11.

CSU won the season’s first meeting between the two teams, 95-77, in Fort Collins on Feb. 1.

Tuesday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with John Sadak and Michael O’Donnell calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

Lady Rebels Looking For Season Sweep Of UNR Wednesday In Reno

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL LOOKS FOR SEASON SWEEP OF UNR WEDNESDAY IN RENO

 

Lady Rebels are currently third in the Mountain West at 8-4, one game out of second place

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Wednesday night is both the second meeting of the season between the UNLV Lady Rebels and their in-state rival UNR, and the second game in the Silver State Series, the all-sports competition between the two schools presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network. UNLV won the first meeting between the two in dramatic fashion, as senior LaTecia Smith sank a jumper after the buzzer for the game-winner in a 66-64 victory Jan. 22 in the Cox Pavilion. The second game will tip off at 6:30 pm in Lawlor Events Center.

 

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and Mark Wasik (color analyst) will handle the radio broadcast, also on UNLVRebels.com.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  In addition to the rivalry, Wednesday’s game is important for both teams as UNLV looks to remain within distance of second place San Jose State, as the Spartans are 9-3 in league play while the Lady Rebels are 8-4. UNR meanwhile looks to keep moving up the standings after winning two straight on the road to improve to 5-8 in the conference.
♦  UNLV is winning off defense, as the Lady Rebels are currently first in the MW in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and rebound margin, as well as No. 1 in the nation in three-point field goal defense at 23.1%. The Lady Rebels have never finished the season first in the MW in either scoring defense or field goal defense, and is leading the league in rebound margin for the fifth straight season.
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

Runnin’ Rebels Host UNR Wednesday At 7 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST UNR WEDNESDAY AT 7 PM

 

UNLV has won seven of its last eight at the Thomas & Mack Center

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will host intrastate rival UNR on Wednesday, February 12 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game is part of the Silver State Series presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network, which UNLV currently leads 9-3 (2019-20 season scoring).

Fans are being encouraged to wear red to the game. Runnin’ Rebel Fest opens at 5 p.m. The free pregame event features music, drinks, food, games and more, and is located near the Tark Statue. Special appearances will be made by mascots from the Vegas Golden Knights, Las Vegas Aces, Las Vegas Lights, Las Vegas Aviators and Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Fans will also be able to text to enter to win an exclusive Hey Reb bobblehead.

Individual tickets for Wednesday’s game start at $22, but savvy fans can get tickets vs. UNR plus the two remaining regular-season home games for just $36 through the Pick 3 Plan, which averages to just $12 per game. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who have won seven of their last eight home games, are coming off a 68-67 win over Fresno State on Saturday thanks to a last-second shot by sophomore guard Marvin Coleman.

Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (12-13, 7-5) in scoring, averaging 14.9 and 14.1 points per game, respectively. Hamilton has scored in double figures in 12 straight games and has tallied 26 or more in four of his last six outings. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.4 per contest (4th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

UNR (15-10, 8-5) is also in its first year under its head coach, Steve Alford. The Wolf Pack have won two straight games and four of their last six and are led in scoring by Jalen Harris’ 21.2 ppg (1st in MW). Lindsey Drew is the team’s rebound and assist leader with 6.5 rpg (7th in MW) and 4.4 apg 4th in MW).

UNR won the season’s first meeting, 86-72, in Reno on Jan. 22.

Wednesday’s game will be shown on ESPN3 with Trey Bender and Sed Bonner calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

UNLV WOMEN’S GOLF NEWS: Puyol Leads Battle At Boulder Creek

UNLV WOMEN’S GOLF FRESHMAN DANA PUYOL LEADS BATTLE AT BOULDER CREEK

 

Two of the three Rebels competing as individuals among top four at event in Boulder City

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UNLV has three women’s golfers competing as individuals at the Battle at Boulder Creek and two of them are among the top four after the first two rounds, both played on Monday.

 

The tournament is being played at Boulder Creek Golf Club (par 72, 6,179 yards).

 

UNLV freshman Dana Puyol is the tournament’s leader by two shots at 5-over 149 after rounds of 3-over 75 and 2-over 74. Drake’s Haeri Lee and Ball State’s Liz Kim are both tied for second at 7-over, while UNLV sophomore Veronica Joels is fourth at 10-over (78-76).

 

UNLV freshman Aliyah Williams is tied for 11th at 18-over (81-81).

 

There are four teams and a total of 26 individuals competing at the event. The final round is scheduled for Tuesday morning.

Runnin’ Rebels Host Fresno State Saturday At 5 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST FRESNO STATE SATURDAY AT 5 PM

 

It will be Kids Day at the Thomas & Mack Center with free stuffed animals given away

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will be back in the Thomas & Mack Center this Saturday, February 8 as it hosts Fresno State at 5 p.m.

It will be Kids Day with kids 12 and under being given a free stuffed lion courtesy of the Lions Burn Care Center at UMC. A Family 4 Pack is also available for Saturday’s game starting at just $79 (includes four hats, four meals and four tickets) when purchased at least a day in advance at UNLVtickets.com.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who have won six of their last seven home games, have lost four straight contests overall and are coming off a two-game road trip (at CSU, at Utah State).

Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (11-13, 6-5) in scoring, averaging 14.8 and 13.9 points per game, respectively. Hamilton has scored in double figures in 11 straight games and has tallied 26 or more in four of his last five outings. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.5 per contest (4th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

Fresno State (8-15, 4-8) is in its second season under its head coach, Justin Hutson. The Bulldogs are led in scoring and rebounding by Nate Grimes’ 12.7 ppg and 9.8 rpg.

UNLV won the season’s first meeting, 81-80, in double overtime in Fresno on Dec. 4.

Saturday’s game will be televised by ESPNU with Steve Quis and Corey Williams calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

Lady Rebels Take On Conference-Leading Fresno State Saturday In Key MW Road Game

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL TAKES ON CONFERENCE-LEADING FRESNO STATE SATURDAY IN KEY MW ROAD GAME

 

Lady Rebels looking for first win over the Bulldogs since 2017-18 season

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UNLV will be in the marquee game of the weekend in the Mountain West, as the third place Lady Rebels (8-3 MW) are looking to hand conference front-runner Fresno State (11-0 MW) its first MW loss of the season. The contest will tip-off at 2 pm in the Save Mart Center.

 

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and Mark Wasik (color analyst) will handle the radio broadcast, also on UNLVRebels.com.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  Saturday is a homecoming for senior forward Rodjanae Wade, the league’s top rebounder, as she graduated from Edison High School in Fresno. Wade also ranks seventh in the nation in double-doubles with a conference-best 13.

♦  This is the second meeting of the season for the two teams, but the first game was over two months ago, as the teams played in the first conference game of the season back on Dec. 3.
♦   Fresno State held a 17-point lead in that game but UNLV rallied all the way back to close within two in the final minute before falling 72-66.
♦  UNLV was just 2-5 after that loss but have completely turned around its season over the past six weeks, having won nine of its past 11 games coming into Saturday’s game.
♦  It’s offense against defense Saturday, as Fresno State ranks first in the MW in scoring offense, scoring margin and second in field goal percentage, while UNLV is first in scoring defense, field goal percentage defense and rebound margin, as well as second in the nation in three-point field goal defense at 23.4%.
♦  The Lady Rebels’ 8-3 start to MW play has them alone in third place, one game behind San Jose State, and it’s tied for the second-best MW start in school history, along with the 2001-02 squad.
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

Runnin’ Rebels At Utah State Wednesday Night

RUNNIN’ REBELS AT UTAH STATE WEDNESDAY NIGHT

 

7 p.m. PT game to be televised by CBS Sports Network

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The UNLV men’s basketball team will play away from home for the second straight time as it travels to Logan, Utah, to face Utah State on Wednesday, February 5 at 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

The Runnin’ Rebels, who are alone in fourth place in the Mountain West, have lost three straight games after having won seven of eight. The Aggies, who are in a tie for fifth place in the league, had won three consecutive contests and four of five before losing at No. 4 San Diego State (80-68) on Saturday.

Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton and junior guard Amauri Hardy lead the Runnin’ Rebels (11-12, 6-4) in scoring, averaging 14.8 and 14.1 points per game, respectively. Hamilton has scored in double figures in 10 straight games and has tallied 26 or more in each of his last four outings. Junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 8.7 per contest (4th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

Utah State (17-7, 6-5) is in its second season under its head coach, Craig Smith. The Aggies are led in scoring by Sam Merrill’s 17.8 ppg (3rd in MW) and in rebounding by Justin Bean (10.1 rpg, 2nd in MW).

UNLV won the season’s first meeting, 70-53, at the Thomas & Mack Center on Jan. 1

Wednesday’s game will be televised by CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn and Pete Gillen calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

UNLV MEN’S GOLF NEWS: Rebels Tied For 10th After First Day At Spring Season Opener

REBELS TIED FOR 10TH AFTER FIRST DAY AT SPRING SEASON OPENER

 

Sophomore David Rauch led UNLV men’s golf on Monday at Sea Best Invitational in Florida

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The UNLV men’s golf team shot a first-round 11-over-par 291 and 9-over 289 during the second round on Monday at the Sea Best Invitational, which is being played at TPC Sawgrass (Dye’s Valley Course – 6,790 yards, par 70).

 

No. 12 Texas A&M is the team leader at 7-under (281-272), followed by Florida at 6-under. No. 13 North Carolina is third at even par, Liberty is fourth at 2-over and Campbell rounds out the top five at 6-over. The Rebels are tied for 10th at 20-over.

 

Individually, Texas A&M’s William Paysse holds a one-shot lead at 6-under (71-63). USC Upstate’s Reid Bedell is second at 5-under and there is a three-way tie for third at 3-under.

 

UNLV sophomore David Rauch was the Rebels’ top individual performer as he is tied for 37th at 4-over.

 

There are 14 teams and 84 individuals competing. The final round will begin on Tuesday at 8 a.m. ET.

 

LIVE SCORING: Live scoring of the tournament is available at UNLVRebels.com, courtesy of Golfstat, or by clicking here.

 

NOTABLE:

  • Junior Jack Trent has recorded one career individual victory (2019 Southern Highlands Collegiate).
  • UNLV lost Mountain West Golfer of the Year and All-America Scholar Harry Hall to graduation following last season. He competed at the prestigious Walker Cup in September, becoming just the third Rebel in program history to be invited.
  • The Rebels have welcomed four new players to this year’s roster.
  • Last year’s team appeared in a NCAA-record 31st straight regional and advanced to the national finals where it finished in the top 20.
  • Trent and Rauch are UNLV’s returning All-Mountain West performers. Trent competed at the PGA Tour’s Shriners Hospitals for Children Open at TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas in October thanks to an amateur exemption with his win at the SHC. He made the cut and finished tied for 29th.
  • Senior Justin Kim, who turned in UNLV’s best individual finish at the NCAA Finals last season, was also named an All-America Scholar.
  • This year marks head coach Dwaine Knight’s 33rd season leading the Rebel program.

 

Runnin’ Rebels Host No. 4 San Diego State Sunday At 1 PM

RUNNIN’ REBELS HOST NO. 4 SAN DIEGO STATE SUNDAY AT 1 PM

 

Second-place UNLV has won six straight at home, Aztecs are nation’s only unbeaten team

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Winner of six straight home games and seven of its last nine overall, the UNLV men’s basketball team will host No. 4 San Diego State at the Thomas & Mack Center on Sunday, January 26 at 1 p.m.

The Aztecs are the nation’s lone unbeaten team at 20-0 and sit in first place in the Mountain West at 9-0. The Runnin’ Rebels are in second in the conference at 6-2.

Tickets start at just $22 for Sunday’s game when purchased at least a day in advance at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. Runnin’ Rebel Fest, located near the Coach Tarkanian statue, will open at 11 a.m. Admission to the area is free and features food, drinks, entertainment, tailgate games, inflatables, and more. Fans will be able to text to win one of 500 Hey Reb bobbleheads between the beginning of Runnin’ Rebel Fest and halftime of the game. The code will be announced at Runnin’ Rebel Fest. The bobblehead shows Hey Reb in his red suit and sneakers to help raise awareness for Coaches vs. Cancer.

Junior guard Amauri Hardy leads four UNLV (11-10, 6-2) players averaging in double-figure scoring this season with 15.1 points per game (eighth in MW), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.0 per contest (5th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

SDSU (20-0, 9-0) is in its third season under its head coach, Brian Dutcher. The Aztecs are led by Malachi Flynn’s 16.6 ppg (7th in MW) and Yanni Wetzell’s 6.4 rpg (9th in MW). Flynn also leads the team and league in assists (5.1 apg).

Sunday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with Carter Blackburn, Pete Gillen and John Schriffen (sideline reporter) calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.

 

Lady Rebels End First Half Of MW Schedule Saturday At San Diego State

UNLV WOMEN’S BASKETBALL ENDS FIRST HALF OF MW SCHEDULE SATURDAY AT SAN DIEGO STATE

Lady Rebels have won seven of their past eight, looking for a sixth straight win over the Aztecs

 

 

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Saturday’s matchup between UNLV and San Diego State will mark the end of the first half of the Mountain West schedule for the Lady Rebels, as they bring a 6-2 conference record into Viejas Arena for the 1 pm contest.

 

There will be a live video stream available on the Mountain West Network, with the link also available on UNLVRebels.com. Wyatt Tomchek (play-by-play) and Mark Wasik (color analyst) will handle the radio broadcast, also on UNLVRebels.com.

 

UNLV Game Notes

♦  After being picked seventh in the preseason poll, UNLV is one of the two surprises of the conference season thus far, especially after a 3-8 start to the season. The Lady Rebels have won seven of their past eight games, and are currently tied third in the MW along with Boise State.
♦  SDSU meanwhile was picked fifth in the preseason poll but stand seventh with a 3-6 mark after its first nine games.
♦ UNLV has won five straight against the Aztecs, including the past two seasons in San Diego, both by double-digit margins.
♦ The Lady Rebels currently rank in the top-two of the MW in almost every defensive category, including scoring defense, field goal defense and rebound margin and three-point field goal defense, where UNLV is fifth in the nation at 23.7%.
♦  The 2019-20 UNLV Lady Rebel squad are one of the youngest and least experienced teams in the Mountain West this season after graduating four senior starters. UNLV has 10 underclassmen on this year’s squad, with seven freshmen and three sophomores, while the four-member senior class had a total of two career starts (as a Lady Rebel) entering the season.

Runnin’ Rebels At UNR Wednesday Night At 8 PM On CBS Sports Network

RUNNIN’ REBELS AT UNR WEDNESDAY NIGHT AT 8 PM ON CBS SPORTS NETWORK

 

Second-place UNLV has started Mountain West play 6-1 for the first time in 12 years

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Off to its best start in Mountain West play in 12 years, the UNLV men’s basketball team will head north to Reno to face UNR at Lawlor Events Center on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 8 p.m. The game is part of the Silver State Series presented by IBEW and Nevada Donor Network, which UNLV currently leads 9-3 (2019-20 season scoring).

The Runnin’ Rebels (11-9, 6-1) have won three straight games and seven of their last eight. UNLV swept its two-game homestand last week with wins over San Jose State (98-87) and New Mexico (99-78). Sophomore guard Marvin Coleman was named this week’s MW Player of the Week after scoring a career-high 17 points vs. the Spartans, then recording the program’s first triple-double in 20 years with 11 points, a career-high 12 rebounds and a career-high 11 assists against the Lobos. He also had a career-high six steals. Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton also had a noteworthy performance vs. the Lobos, scoring a career-high 35 points – the most for a Runnin’ Rebel in four years.

Junior guard Amauri Hardy leads four UNLV players averaging in double-figure scoring this season with 14.8 points per game (10th in MW), while junior forward Mbacke Diong is the team’s leading rebounder with 9.0 per contest (5th in MW). UNLV is under new leadership this year in head coach T.J. Otzelberger.

UNR (11-8, 4-3) is also in its first year under its head coach, Steve Alford. The Wolf Pack have lost three of their last four games (all three losses on the road), but have won five straight at home. Jalen Harris leads the team in scoring and rebounding with 18.4 ppg and 6.3 rpg, respectively.

Wednesday’s game will be televised nationally by CBS Sports Network with John Sadak and Chris Walker calling the action. Jon Sandler, former Runnin’ Rebel Curtis Terry and Steve Cofield (sideline reporter) will handle the UNLV radio call, which may be heard live on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas and online via the UNLVGameday App and TuneIn.