Runnin’ Rebels at Boise State 2/9
UNLV fell to Boise State on the road last Friday night 69-63, despite holding a lead at halftime.
“(Boise State) made some big plays late when they needed to, but we had a chance to win an incredibly tough road game in conference that came down to the last few possessions,” head coach Kevin Kruger said.
The Runnin’ Rebels jumped to a 13-4 lead. After trading the lead with the Broncos several times throughout the first half, the Runnin’ Rebels closed the first half on a 12-3 run that gave them a 39-29 halftime advantage.
But in the second half, Boise State took advantage of UNLV at the free throw line. Boise State made 17-of-20 free throws in the second half, compared to UNLV’s three makes on six attempts. In total, the Broncos made 19 more free throws than the Runnin’ Rebels on 29 attempts, compared to UNLV’s seven.
Bryce Hamilton led UNLV with 32 points, it was his sixth game of scoring 30-plus points. Hamilton has scored in double-figures in 19 straight games. UNLV was without its second leading scorer, Donovan Williams, for the second straight game.
“That was a tough loss…but I felt like we played well,” Hamilton said. “We fought hard, but we just couldn’t get stops when we needed them. I feel like the fight was there tonight, we just need to keep on getting better.”
The Runnin’ Rebels return to action Wednesday night as they travel to Fresno State to battle the Bulldogs, tip off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. UNLV returns home on Feb. 19
Lady Rebels at Boise State 2/11
UNLV women’s basketball overcame an early 11-point deficit at Boise State to get its ninth straight win, 69-52, last Wednesday night.
The Lady Rebels trailed 17-6 after the first quarter as their top two scorers were quiet as Essence Booker was held scoreless and Desi-Rae Young picked up two early fouls.
Boise State carried a 25-22 lead into halftime, but UNLV came out in the third quarter and turned the tide.
The Lady Rebels went on a 17-0 run in the third quarter to take the lead and go into the fourth quarter leading 46-38. UNLV controlled the fourth quarter, never allowing Boise State to get within nine points.
“Our whole post group played well,” Lady Rebels head coach Lindy La Rocque said in a statement after the win. “Every one of them made a difference when it was their turn on the court.”
Four Lady Rebels finished in double-figures, led by Young who scored 14 points in 18 minutes. Nneka Oibazor added 12 points, and Alyssa Durazo-Frescas and Booker each had 11 points.
Track & Field at Texas Tech 2/11-12
UNLV’s track & field team came out of the Texas Tech Shootout with four top-20 finishes.
Sophomore distance runner Lexy Osterkamp recorded a personal best time of 11:09.84 in the 3000m, coming home in ninth place. Freshman Alexis Arroyo finished in 14th in the event.
Senior Alia Scott finished in eighth place in the women’s 200m B section race. Freshman sprinter Aja Melo-Powell had a personal best time of 26.10 in the event.
In the 4×400 relay, Scott, Emma Wahlenmaier, Taylor Shorter, and Elisa Rovere finished in 11th with a time of 3:49.40.
On the first day of the event, UNLV came home with three top-10 finishes. Wahlenmaier led the Rebels with a second place finish in the 800m, coming 0.16 seconds behind first place.
Rovere finished in fifth place in the 800m. And Cassidy Osborne-Butler came home in fourth place in the weight throw with a personal best of 65-04.00 (19.91m)
UNLV will compete in the NAU Tune Up on Feb. 18. This will be its last competition before the 2022 Mountain West Indoor Championships Feb. 24-26 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Men’s Tennis at Oklahoma State 2/11
UNLV men’s tennis suffered its first defeat of the season after falling to Oklahoma State 4-1 Saturday afternoon.
The Rebels picked up their only point from the 48th-ranked Christopher Bulus, who defeated Alex Garcia 6-2, 6-4.
On Sunday, the Rebels were swept by the Cowboys on the weekend after a 4-2 loss. UNLV suffered defeats in three singles matches and two doubles matches that ended the game with Oklahoma State taking the victory.
The Rebels got their two wins from singles players Bulus and Jack Hambrook. Bulus overcame a first set loss to take the final two sets (2-6, 6-4, 6-2). Hambrook defeated Sammr Raina in two sets (6-4, 7-5).
UNLV was without its second leading singles player Jordan Sauer. The Rebels are now 4-2 on the season.
UNLV men’s tennis travels to Tucson, AZ to face the Arizona Wildcats on Feb. 19 at 1 p.m.