Thursday, January 17, 2013
Rapid reaction: UNLV 82, SDSU 75
By Kevin Gemmell
SAN DIEGO -- Here’s a quick snapshot of how things went down at Viejas Arena, where UNLV upset No. 15 San Diego State on Wednesday night, 82-75.
Overview: The two up-tempo teams were looking to force the issue all night, combining for 25 points off the fast break. The Rebels were able to push a six-point halftime lead to double digits early in the second half. But a 12-0 run by SDSU eventually gave the Aztecs the lead midway through the second half, setting up a neck-and-neck finish over the final seven minutes. Eventually UNLV was able to pull away at the end, snapping a four-game losing streak at Viejas Arena.
Turning point: Holding a 76-73 lead with 1:20 to play, UNLV's Justin Hawkins scooped up a missed 3 from Bryce Dejean-Jones and put in the layup to give the Rebels a five-point edge. From there it was a matter of burning the clock.
Key player: UNLV shooting guard-turned-point guard Anthony Marshall posted a team-high 20 points on 8-of-13 shooting with nine rebounds and five assists.
Key stat: Both teams were doing work on the inside. They combined for 88 points in the paint -- 48 from UNLV and 40 from SDSU.
Worth noting: Each of the previous three meetings between SDSU and UNLV had been decided by just two points. By recent historical standards, this was a blowout.
Next game: Both teams are on the road. San Diego State travels to Wyoming, and UNLV heads to Colorado State.