UNLV’S MARVIN COLEMAN NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST MEN’S BASKETBALL PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Sophomore guard honored by conference after recording first triple-double by a Runnin’ Rebel in 20 years and career highs in points, rebounds, assists and steals in wins over San Jose State and New Mexico
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UNLV sophomore Marvin Coleman was named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, the league announced Monday. It is his first career weekly honor and the second for a Runnin’ Rebel player this season.
Originally from Las Vegas, the 6-foot-2-inch guard averaged 14.0 points, 9.5 assists, 8.0 rebounds and 3.5 steals per game last week in home wins over San Jose State (98-87) and New Mexico (99-78). He also shot 91 percent from the free-throw line (11 of 12), while playing an average of 35.5 minutes per contest.
After scoring a career-high 17 points against San Jose State on Wednesday with a then-career-high eight assists, he recorded UNLV’s first triple-double in more than 20 years as he scored 11 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 11 assists (with only two turnovers) against New Mexico on Saturday. It marked just the fifth triple-double in Mountain West history and first since 2016.
Coleman’s 12 rebounds and 11 assists were both career highs, as were his six steals against the Lobos. UNLV’s last triple-double occurred on Nov. 19, 1999 as Mark Dickel had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists vs. Mississippi Valley State.
UNLV’s two wins last week were its fifth- and sixth-straight at home and improved its Mountain West record to 6-1, which is its best league start in 12 years. The home win streak is its longest in five years, and overall, UNLV has won three straight games and seven of its last eight.
NEXT FOR UNLV: The Runnin’ Rebels (11-9, 6-1) will travel to Reno, Nevada, to play at UNR on Wednesday, Jan. 22. The 8 p.m. game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. UNLV’s next home game will take place Sunday, Jan. 26, vs. No. 7/6 San Diego State at 1 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
UNLV Men’s Basketball’s 2019-20 Mountain West Players of the Week
Jan. 6 – Bryce Hamilton
Jan. 20 – Marvin Coleman