UNLV knocks off UNM men

By Geoff Grammer / Journal Staff Writer Published: Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at 11:00pm

UNM's Carlton Bragg, 35, shoots over UNLV'sJoel Ntambwe, 24, during the game in the DreamStyle Arena - The Pit on Tuesday.

And with first place in the Mountain West Conference on the line, the UNM Lobos looked again like the same disjointed team that struggled through non-conference play in a lackluster 80-69 loss to the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels on Tuesday night in front of an announced crowd of 10,242 in Dreamstyle Arena – The Pit.

After the Lobos (8-7, 2-1 Mountain West) led 42-35 at the half, UNLV coach Marvin Menzies, the former New Mexico State coach and boss of UNM’s Paul Weir for nine years with the Aggies, solved everything the Lobos were doing on both ends of the court for a dominating 45-27 second half that, again, had fans hitting the parking lot well before the final buzzer sounded.

6 Nevada on Saturday, looked basic and simple as UNLV’s Kris Clyburn continued getting behind it and slashing from the left wing for easy layups.

UNLV used runs of 8-0 and 7-0 in the second half while holding the Lobos to 24.0 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes (6-of-25), including 1-of-10 from 3-point range.

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