Rebels lose key rebounds in OT loss

Officials give UNM 35 free throw attempts, to UNLV's 11, including 12 free throws in the overtime period.

In their past two victories, the Rebels received some punch from the lesser known Rebels. Whether it was Jevon Banks steadying the Rebels and playing aggressive defense or Louis Amundson scoring a career high, UNLV was getting much needed contributions from the bench. That didn't happen in The Pit Tuesday night.

Lou Kelly hit a three pointer with seven seconds remaining in regulation to knot a sloppy, but closely contested game at 71 apiece and send the game into overtime.

In overtime, the Lobos capitalized from the charity stripe, converting 11 of 13 attempts. UNLV had one last shot to force overtime after Senque Carey scored his only two points of the night from the line. Marcus Banks sprinted the ball up court and found a wide open Dalron Johnson on the right wing. Johnson's three clanked the iron and time expired to give the Lobos the win.

The Lobos won the game from the line and on the boards. For the game, New Mexico hit 29-35 free throws to the Rebels 10-11. The Lobos also exploited the UNLV's lack of size with a 45-30 edge on the boards. Of those rebounds, the Lobos corralled 24 offensive boards to UNLV's 12.

New Mexico bolted out to a 6-0 lead before UNLV closed the gap to 31-29 at the half. The first half was an exhibition in poor shooting as the Lobos connected on only 27% of their field goal attempts. The Rebels were not much better with 34% shooting.

The second half started quickly for the Rebels as Dalron Johnson and Chris Richardson scored on fast break dunks to give the Rebels their first lead of the game at 35-33. From there the teams would see saw back and forth until overtime.

The Rebels built their largest lead of the game at 6 in the second half, but Eric Chatfield drained a long three pointer and Reuben Douglas converted a conventional three point play to tie the game.

New Mexico's Reuben Douglas scored 29 points with 15-15 shooting from the free throw line. He also added a career high 11 rebounds while dishing out 5 assists.

Eric Chatfield scored a season high 24 points for the Lobos while Brian Dennehy scored 16 points and grabbed a season high 14 rebounds.

Dalron Johnson became the 29th player in UNLV history to score 1,000 points in a career with a game high 25 points. Johnson also added 11 rebounds to lead the Rebels.

Marcus Banks scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half to keep the Rebels close.

Lou Kelly rounded out the Rebels in double digit scoring with 16 points - hitting 4 of 9 from three point range.

The loss drops the Rebels to 11-8 overall and 3-4 in Mountain West play. UNLV next faces BYU at the Thomas and Mack Center Saturday night.

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