Rebel Recaps: Men’s basketball announces “Sneak Peak preseason event, men’s golf and cross country results

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Guard Jordan McCabe pointing at the Runnin' Rebels bench after knocking down a three-pointer against San Jose State on Jan. 22. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

The Runnin’ Rebels will host a Sneak Peek preseason event at the Thomas & Mack Center in October.

The event will be on Oct. 7 at 6 p.m.

The Sneak Peek is free and open to the public. It will serve as a formal introduction to the Runnin’ Rebels team that has eight new players.

The event is scheduled to last for about an hour and will showcase the team running through various drills and ending with a 5-on-5 scrimmage.

At the conclusion of the event, the Runnin’ Rebels will be available to sign autographs and take photos with fans for a meet and greet.

“We love welcoming our fans to campus,” head coach Kevin Kruger said in a release. “We will have a couple of weeks of official practices under our belts before the Runnin’ Rebel Sneak Peek and are excited to have Runnin’ Rebel fans back in the Thomas & Mack Center. It should be a great night”

Doors will be open at 5 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a free t-shirt. Free food will be provided for UNLV students along with a chance to win two Joyner Lucas concert tickets.

Last season, the Runnin Rebels finished 18-14, with a 10-8 Mountain West record that had them finish in fifth place. UNLV’s season ended with a 59-56 loss to Wyoming in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West tournament.

Last month, the Runnin’ Rebels played three exhibition games against Canadian schools, going 2-1 on the trip.

The Runnin’ Rebels will start their second season under Kruger on Nov. 7 against Southern University at the Thomas & Mack Center. That will start a stretch of four-straight home games to begin the season. UNLV will also play Incarnate Word (Nov. 12), Dayton (Nov. 15) and High Point (Nov. 18) on the homestand.

Men’s Golf at William Tucker Intercollegiate

Junior golfer Caden Fioroni finished second at the William Tucker Intercollegiate tournament in Albuquerque, New Mexico over the weekend.

Fioroni led after the first two rounds on Friday with a score of 8-under par. University of Denver golfer Carson Griggs shot a final round score of 5-under par to pass Fioroni and win the individual event by one stroke.

Fioroni shot 2-under par on the final round and finished in second (10-under par). Junior Yuki Moriyama finished tied for 14th at 2-under par for the tournament.

San Diego State won the team tournament at 16-under par (848). UNLV finished in third at 6-under par (858). The Rebels shot 1-under par on the final day to make the move into third place.

Cross Country at Minnesota (On Saturday)

In St. Paul, Minnesota, sophomore runner Natalia Ruiz led UNLV at the Roy Griak Invitational at Les Bolstad Golf Course with a time of 22:02.1.

Ruiz’ time currently ranks at the 15th best time in program history for the 6K event. 

The Rebels competed against seven nationally ranked teams and a pair of Mountain West teams, with a total of 224 individual runners in the event. 

Juniors Ellen Wise, LaKyla Yazzie, and Isabella Schrader each recorded season-best times of 24:49.8, 25:53.2 and 26:22.5, respectively.

UNLV’s next event will be at the Steve T. Reeder Memorial Invitational on Friday, Oct. 7 at the Steve and Donna Reeder Cross Country Course in Logan, Utah. The event will be hosted by Utah State.

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