Rebels win fifth straight with victory over Utah State

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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Bryce Hamilton and David Jenkins Jr. each scored 14 points and Moses Wood blocked a potential game-tying 3-point attempt at the buzzer as the UNLV men’s basketball team defeated Utah State, 59-56, for its fifth straight win Monday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Hamilton made a game-high four 3-pointers (on eight attempts) and dished out a career-high eight assists, while also collecting a career-high five steals for UNLV (6-6, 3-2). Wood added 10 points and Mbacke Diong grabbed a game-high-tying 11 rebounds.

Utah State (12-5, 9-2) was led by Marco Anthony’s 18 points and nine rebounds. Justin Bean added 10 points, while Neemias Queta collected 11 rebounds.

STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV made 13 3-pointers to just five for Utah State. The Runnin’ Rebels shot 43.3% from beyond the arc, while they limited the Aggies to just 22.7%.

HANGING ON: UNLV built a 10-point lead, its largest of the game, 53-43, with 4:17 to go, but a 13-4 Utah State run at the end of the game, cut the deficit to just one point at 57-56 with 10 seconds to go. Jenkins Jr. made two free throws before Wood blocked Steven Ashworth’s 3-point try.

QUOTABLE: “It was a really hard fought game on both sides. Certainly a defensive battle down the stretch. We kind of bent… fortunately we didn’t break and made just enough plays defensively. We talked about it a lot – if we can hang our hats on our defense like we did tonight, we’ll figure the rest out. Proud of our guys for finding a way to come out with a win. Even when our offense was kind of sputtering we showed that we can hang our hat on that defense to bring home a victory.” – UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger

NOTES: 

– UNLV now leads the all-time series with Utah State, 34-9.

– UNLV is 17-2 all-time against the Aggies at home.

– It was just the second UNLV win against Utah State in the last six meetings overall, however UNLV has now won two of the last three meetings.

– Queta blocked six shots, a UNLV opponent individual high this season. 

– It marked the seventh game this season that UNLV has made at least 10 3-pointers.

– UNLV recorded a season-high 13 steals.

– There were a total of five lead changes and five ties throughout the game.

– Utah State out-rebounded UNLV 44-38 and out-scored the Runnin’ Rebels in points in the paint, 30-10.

– No fans were permitted to attend the game.

– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,114 straight games.

NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will conclude its six-game homestand with the series finale against Utah State at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, January 27 at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on FS1 with the radio call available on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas.

Hamilton made a game-high four 3-pointers (on eight attempts) and dished out a career-high eight assists, while also collecting a career-high five steals for UNLV (6-6, 3-2). Wood added 10 points and Mbacke Diong grabbed a game-high-tying 11 rebounds.

Utah State (12-5, 9-2) was led by Marco Anthony’s 18 points and nine rebounds. Justin Bean added 10 points, while Neemias Queta collected 11 rebounds.

STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV made 13 3-pointers to just five for Utah State. The Runnin’ Rebels shot 43.3% from beyond the arc, while they limited the Aggies to just 22.7%.

HANGING ON: UNLV built a 10-point lead, its largest of the game, 53-43, with 4:17 to go, but a 13-4 Utah State run at the end of the game, cut the deficit to just one point at 57-56 with 10 seconds to go. Jenkins Jr. made two free throws before Wood blocked Steven Ashworth’s 3-point try.

QUOTABLE: “It was a really hard fought game on both sides. Certainly a defensive battle down the stretch. We kind of bent… fortunately we didn’t break and made just enough plays defensively. We talked about it a lot – if we can hang our hats on our defense like we did tonight, we’ll figure the rest out. Proud of our guys for finding a way to come out with a win. Even when our offense was kind of sputtering we showed that we can hang our hat on that defense to bring home a victory.” – UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger

NOTES: 

– UNLV now leads the all-time series with Utah State, 34-9.

– UNLV is 17-2 all-time against the Aggies at home.

– It was just the second UNLV win against Utah State in the last six meetings overall, however UNLV has now won two of the last three meetings.

– Queta blocked six shots, a UNLV opponent individual high this season. 

– It marked the seventh game this season that UNLV has made at least 10 3-pointers.

– UNLV recorded a season-high 13 steals.

– There were a total of five lead changes and five ties throughout the game.

– Utah State out-rebounded UNLV 44-38 and out-scored the Runnin’ Rebels in points in the paint, 30-10.

– No fans were permitted to attend the game.

– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,114 straight games.

NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will conclude its six-game homestand with the series finale against Utah State at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, January 27 at 8 p.m. The game will be televised on FS1 with the radio call available on ESPN Radio 1100 in Las Vegas.

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