FSM Essential Recap: UNLV vs Stetson – Game 2

UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (1-1) | Stetson Hatters (1-1)

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UNLV honored Anderson Hunt by hanging his number 12 in the rafters, then beat Stetson 71-55 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

On Saturday it was UNLV vs Stetson at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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The UNLV men’s basketball team is back in action on Saturday. After a surprising, and tough loss to Southern University, the Runnin’ Rebels took on Stetson at the Thomas & Mack Center. 

It was a big game, but the story had to be who they were honoring at halftime. In a long overdue ceremony, UNLV honored Anderson Hunt, the most outstanding player on the 1989-90 NCAA men’s basketball championship team, by retiring his #12 in the rafters. 

Hunt was one of the starting guards that made back-to-back Final Four appearances for UNLV. In the 1990 NCAA championship game, Hunt had 29 points in what is still the largest margin of victory in a championship game over the Duke Blue Devils. 

Hunt joins his his coach, the legendary Jerry Tarkanian, and his three former teammates, Greg Anthony, Stacey Augmon, and Larry Johnson as members of that National Championship team that have their numbers retired by UNLV. 

Sydney Green, Reggie Theus, Armon Gilliam, Ricky Sober, and Glen Gondrezick as members of the Runnin’ Rebels who have had their numbers retired.

But the 5,003 Runnin’ Rebels fans who attended the game at Thomas & Mack Center wanted to see UNLV rebound from that tough loss against Southern and show why Kevin Kruger’s team came into the season with a ton of hype and high expectations.

UNLV vs Stetson saw the Runnin’ Rebels retire Anderson Hunt’s jersey.

The Runnin’ Rebels got back on track against Stetson, led by Jalen Hill, Luis Rodriguez, and freshman sensation DJ Thomas.  

UNLV vs Stetson was a bounce-back performance by UNLV.

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The game started off slow for both teams, with UNLV and Stetson failing to make a shot until the 18:20 mark in the first half. But after the teams got settled in, UNLV’s talent was just too much for the Hatters.

The Runnin’ Rebels held the Hatters to just 31.8% shooting for the game, with 25.8% coming in the first half. The Hatters also hit 2 of 14 three-pointers. 

The Runnin’ Rebels used a 14–2 run over three minutes in the first half to take a 23–12 lead. They led 36-21 at the halftime break and by as many as 26 points in the second half.

Jalen Hill had a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds, one side of his career high, well, Luis Rodriguez was the team leader scorer with 15 points.

Hill was 5–8 from the field and made both of his three-point shots. Four Runnin’ Rebels players made two or more three-pointers for the game. UNLV has made at least one three-pointer in an NCAA record 1,195 straight games.

DJ Thomas Jr., had a game-high nine assists to go with no turnovers. His play at the point guard has given the Runnin’ Rebels a steady leader in the backcourt that they haven’t had in recent years. Thus far in his college career, he has shown extreme poise, leadership, and a calming influence.

Stetson was led by Jalen Blackman‘s 18 points and Aubin Gateretse’s 16 points.


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UNLV vs Stetson final score 71-55, Runnin’ Rebels.

UNLV will now start their three-game road trip. They will head down to Southern California to take on Pepperdine on Friday, November 17th. 


– Joe Arrigo – Franchise Sports Media

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