The Rebels found themselves in familiar territory - with key players on the bench due to early foul trouble. This time it was Lou Kelly and Marcus Banks who would miss much of the first half. But Jevon Banks, Lafonte Johnson, and Ernest Turner stepped up and provided the Rebels with some stability.
The Rebels held the Lobos to only 38% shooting over the first 20 minutes en route to a 38-30 halftime lead.
UNLV controlled the game for the most part, but the Lobos made it interesting after a Ruben Douglas free throw pulled them within one point at 66-65 with just under six minutes remaining in the contest.
The Rebels then went on a 9-2 run over the next two minutes - with all the points coming as part of conventional three point plays. Chris Richardson converted two of them and Dalron Johnson added the other. That pushed the Rebel lead to 75-67 with just below four minutes remaining in the game. UNM trailed by no less than seven for the rest of the game.
Ruben Douglas led New Mexico with 32 points, including five 3-pointers.
The Rebels were led by Dalron Johnson's 24 points and 8 rebounds. Jevon Banks
tossed in 15 points while Chris Richardson celebrated senior day with 14 points.
Seldom used freshman guard Ernest Turner provided the Rebels some outside scoring
punch with 12 points in 15 minutes. Turner connected on 2-3 three pointers.