A double dose of good news

Finally! The UNLV men's basketball team, which is off to its best start in 14 years with an overall record of 18-4, broke into the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll Monday. UNLV, which is tied with Indiana for the final spot in the top 25 rankings, is in the poll for the first time since the final rankings of the 1992-93 season. UNLV was No. 19 in that poll.

"I am really happy for our players and also very happy for our fans," head coach Lon Kruger said. "Our players obviously have worked extremely hard and continue to make progress and our crowds have been outstanding. The students were there early on Saturday and their enthusiasm set the stage for a great night. The fans definitely share in the credit for the recognition that comes with being in the top 25 and our players are excited about that as well."

That wasn't the only good news for UNLV fans on Monday.

Sophomore guard Wink Adams was named the Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Co-Player of the Week, marking his first career weekly honor and the second for a UNLV player this year. BYU sophomore Trent Plaistaid was the other player honored this week.

Adams led the Runnin' Rebels to home wins over San Diego State (68-61) and New Mexico (76-72 OT) last week. Without seniors Kevin Kruger and Wendell White in the lineup, Adams scored a game-high tying 20 points vs. the Aztecs, while also collecting four rebounds and three assists.

Adams followed with a game-best and career-high tying 27 points against the Lobos. With 3.1 seconds left in overtime and the game tied at 72, Adams hit two free throws to put UNLV up two, then stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled. He hit two more free throws to bring home the win for the Runnin' Rebels. He made five 3-pointers in the game.

For the week, Adams averaged 23.5 points, 3.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.0 steals per game, while shooting 42.9 percent from 3-point range (9-for-21) and 77.8 percent from the charity stripe (14-for-18).

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