Prior to his game-winning basket, Coleman had converted just one of his previous eight shot attempts from the floor, finishing with a mere six points. Leading the way for Nevada (6-8, 2-0 MWC) was A.J. West with a solid double-double consisting of 15 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, not to mention six blocked shots, while Eric Cooper came off the bench to produce 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting behind the 3-point line.
The Runnin' Rebels (9-6, 1-1) were led by Rashad Vaughn with a
game-high 20 points, while Christian Wood supplied 17 points, 13
rebounds and three blocked shots as the team's skid reached three in a
Nevada led by as many as seven in the first half, even though they shot
only 37.1 percent from the floor. Even further behind was UNLV with
just 30.6 percent, which included a 1-of-6 effort beyond the arc, and
still the Rebels trailed by just five points at the break, 35-30.
The second half again saw both sides struggle, but the hosts were able
to not only erase their deficit but also build a six-point advantage
with less than eight minutes remaining.
Cody Doolin tied the game at 45 for the Rebels with 10 minutes to
Vaughn hit a three at the eight-minute mark to put the Rebels up 51-48.
Vaughn was then fouled on a three pointer on the immediate possession
and knocked all three down.
UNLV went on a 9-2 run in the span of the 10 to eight minute mark,
consisting of three straight three pointers.
The Wolf Pack would then go on a run of its own started by a three by
Tyron Criswell to put Nevada within one, 55-54. On the immediate UNLV
possession, Cooper would come up with the steal for Nevada. West would
regain the lead off of the steal, 56-54, the Rebels would never retake
The game featured 16 lead changes as the Pack won with just 35.3
percent accuracy from the floor. UNLV, which made good on only 33.9
percent from the field overall, remained close by rejecting 11 shot
attempts and converting all but one of 16 chances at the free-throw
Nevada 64, UNLV 62
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