UNLV beats No. 21 New Mexico 84-77

Harkless scores 25 points, UNLV beats No. 21 New Mexico 84-77By GLEN ROSALES Associated PressALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — EJ Harkless scored 25 points, including 21 in the second half, to propel UNLV to an 84-77 win on Saturday Guide No. 21 New Mexico. The Rebels had four more players in double figures, with Keyshon Gilbert adding 14. Morris Udeze scored 22 to lead the Lobos and Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 19, but star guard Jaelen House remained scoreless in the second half to finish on 12. New Mexico scored the first eight points of the game and held the Rebels in the first three minutes goalless. ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — EJ Harkless scored 25 points, including 21 in the second half, to lead UNLV to an 84-77 win over No. 21 New Mexico on Saturday night. The Rebels (12-3, 1-2 Mountain West) had four more players in double figures, with Keyshon Gilbert adding 14. “We put the ball in EJ’s hands tonight and he made really good decisions,” said UNLV coach Kevin Kruger. “And he made things happen.” Morris Udeze had 22 with 13 rebounds to close the Lobos lead (14-2, 2-2) and Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 19, but star guard Jaelen House remained scoreless in the second half to finish the game with 12. Harkless added six boards, five assists and was 7-for- 7 from the foul line. New Mexico scored the first eight points of the game and kept the Rebels scoreless for the first three minutes. “Be more patient,” Kruger told his team. “We talked about that. They really sped us up early on. It was a penalty shootout there in the first four minutes and they scored a lot of points. “Leading 43-38 at halftime, UNLV opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take its first lead of the game, an advantage that was eventually wiped out after a harkless layup and a foul shot after a flop call on House grew to 63-55, said Richard Pitino. “A 9-0 run. We tried to fight back. We were really very close. We just didn’t quite get over the hump. We just have to try not to get too emotional. Absolutely at the start of the second half we weren’t ready to go. And that’s on me. We definitely need to come out better at halftime after starting 14-0. The Lobos didn’t respond well to the challenge and were behind for most of the second half after leading the entire first half. After a disappointing start to conference play, UNLV turned to its defensive prowess when it came into play, leading the country in revenue advantage (8.0) and second in forced revenue per game (20.7) while winning the opponent to 64.5 points. Although the numbers didn’t add up for the Rebels, they produced 21 points less revenue. HOUSE CALLS It took teamwork to keep the dynamic house scoreless in the second half, Kruger said. “In the second half we did a much better job with aggressive switches,” he said. “There were only a handful of times that we didn’t get together and communicate and make sure we were in front of the ball. With a guy like House , as fast as he is, as fast as he is and his instincts are where he is he can take advantage of any mistake you make and I think the guys did a really good job making the looks tough and the Putting their hands up but not giving him layups or free throws. They were great offensively and we were pretty bad defensively in the second half,” Pitino said. “They did it. Harkless were great in the second half. They weathered the storm. We were close but we couldn’t quite finish it. “UP NEXTThe Lobos host Oral Roberts on Monday to take an earlier game through New replace State of Mexico, which was canceled after a shootout involving an Aggies player and a New Mexico student the morning before the game. The Rebels welcome Boise State Wednesday with a chance to level its conference mark.

Harkless scores 25 points, UNLV beats No. 21 New Mexico 84-77

By GLEN ROSALES Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — EJ Harkless scored 25 points, including 21 in the second half, to lead UNLV to an 84-77 win over No. 21 New Mexico on Saturday. The Rebels had four more players in double figures, with Keyshon Gilbert adding 14. Morris Udeze scored 22 to lead the Lobos and Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 19, but star guard Jaelen House remained scoreless in the second half to finish on 12. New Mexico scored the first eight points of the game and held the Rebels in the first three minutes goalless.

ALBUQUERQUE, NM (AP) — EJ Harkless scored 25 points, including 21 in the second half, to lead UNLV to an 84-77 win over No. 21 New Mexico on Saturday night.

The Rebels (12-3, 1-2 Mountain West) had four more players in double figures, with Keyshon Gilbert adding 14.

“We put the ball in EJ’s hands tonight and he made really good decisions,” said UNLV coach Kevin Kruger. “And he made things happen.”

Morris Udeze had 22 with 13 rebounds to lead the Lobos (14-2, 2-2) and Jamal Mashburn Jr. had 19 but star guard Jaelen House remained scoreless in the second half to finish on 12.

Harkless added six boards, five assists, and was 7-for-7 from the foul line.

New Mexico scored the first eight points of the game and kept the Rebels scoreless for the first three minutes.

“Be more patient,” Kruger told his team. “We talked about that. They really accelerated us early on. In the first four minutes it became a penalty shoot-out there and they scored a lot of points.”

Trailing 43-38 at halftime, UNLV opened the second half with a 9-0 run to take their first lead of the game, an advantage eventually wiped out after a harkless layup and a foul shot after a flop call increased to 63:55 on House.

“An absolutely bad start to the second half,” said Lobos coach Richard Pitino. “A 9-0 run. We tried to fight back. We were really close. We just couldn’t get over it. We just have to try not to get too emotional. Absolutely at the start of the second we were halftime not ready to go. And that’s on me. We definitely need to come out better at half-time.”

BIG PICTURE

For New Mexico, the question was whether it could bounce back from its first loss of the year Tuesday at Fresno State after starting 14-0. The Lobos didn’t respond well to the challenge and were behind for most of the second half after leading the entire first half.

After a disappointing start to conference play, UNLV focused on its defensive prowess as it came into play, leading the country in revenue margin (8.0) and second in forced revenue per game (20.7) while it won the opponents kept to 64.5 points. Even though the numbers for the rebels were wrong, they produced 21 points fewer sales.

HOUSE CALLS

Keeping the dynamic house scoreless in the second half required a team effort, Kruger said.

“In the second half we did a lot better to have aggressive switches,” he said. ‚ÄúThere was only a handful of times that we didn’t get together and communicate and make sure we were in front of the ball. With a guy like House, as fast as he is, as fast as he is and his instincts are where he is, he can take advantage of any mistake you make. And I think the guys did a really good job of staring hard and putting their hands up but not giving him layups or free throws.

SECOND HALF CHANCES

“They were great offensively and we were pretty weak defensively in the second half,” said Pitino. “They did it. Harkless was great in the second half. They weathered the storm. We were close but we couldn’t quite finish it.”

NEXT

The Lobos welcome Oral Roberts Monday to replace an earlier game with New Mexico State that was canceled after a shootout involving an Aggies player and a New Mexico student the morning before the game.

The Rebels host Boise State Wednesday with a chance to equalize their conference mark.

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