Runnin’ Rebels earn first conference win over New Mexico Lobos

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Donovan Williams shooting a three-pointer during the Runnin' Rebels game against New Mexico, Williams scored 29 points in UNLV's 85-56 win. Photo by Jordan Anders-McClain.

The Runnin’ Rebels defeated the Lobos 85-56 for their first conference win of the 2021-22 season Tuesday night. 

The Runnin’ Rebels shot 45.2 percent from the field.

Donovan Williams made a driving layup to get the Runnin’ Rebel offense started.

The Runnin’ Rebels offense came out strong opening the game on a 12-0 run.

Marvin Coleman caught the ball at the free-throw line and found Keshon Gilbert open for the corner three and the foul. Gilbert made the following free throw to make it a four-point play.

The Lobos gained offensive momentum and cut the Runnin’ Rebels lead 23-19, but that didn’t last long.

David Muoka gave Josh Baker a screen for a pick and roll and a slam dunk to stretch the lead 29-19.

The Runnin’ Rebels continued to attack and get easy points inside the paint to close the first half maintaining a 10 point lead 40-30.

Williams continued to be perfect from the field, hitting a three-pointer to open the second half.

Off a Lobos turnover, Micheal Nuga stole the ball and turned on the jets the other way to set up Bryce Hamilton for the slam dunk.

The Runnin’ Rebels led 52-36 five minutes into the second half.

Again, Williams drove to the basket for the layup to extend the Runnin’ Rebels lead to 20 points, 62-42.

With less than three minutes on the clock, Coleman stole the ball to make the easy layup to put the dagger for the ball game.

The Runnin’ Rebels have won four of their last five games.

“We were pretty nervous going into the game just not knowing exactly what to expect from the guys after that (COVID-19) pause, but they couldn’t have answered that question any better,” head coach Kevin Kruger said.

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