Final Stats |
March 9, 2006 UNLV senior guard Ricky Morgan scored 12 of the Rebels first 18 points in the game and it is only the third time this season he has scored in double figures in a game. He ended the day with 16 points.
New Mexico senior guard Jeff Hart recorded a season-high in scoring with 15 points. In five previous Mountain West Tournament games, Hart had not scored a point. It is also the third straight game he has been in double figures, scoring 11 against UNLV and 15 at BYU in the final two regular season games and the fourth time this year he has scored 10 or more.
Hart connected on five three-pointers in the game, tying for the fourth-most in a Mountain West Tournament contest. Hart also notched five steals in the game, which ties for the second-most in a Mountain West Tournament game (5, Marcus Banks, UNLV vs. New Mexico, 2002).
This is the fourth straight year UNLV has been the four seed in the MWC Tournament, winning all four quarterfinal games and posting a 6-3 record as the fourth seed (11-4 overall).
New Mexico has been the fifth seed just once, in 2004, where they also lost to UNLV.
UNLV used a 16-7 run from the 9:41 mark to the 4:18 mark to close within one point, 58-57. The 65-64 lead with 16.5 seconds remaining in the second-half was the first lead for the Runnin' Rebels since the 18:25 mark of the first half (4-3).
Today is just the fourth game in Mountain West Tournament history where both teams shot 50 percent or better from the field. The last time was the New Mexico vs. UNLV game in 2002.
It is also just the third time in Mountain West Tournament history a game has been decided by just one point (Colorado State 62, UNLV 61, 2003; San Diego State 70, Wyoming 69, 2002).
The 11 steals by UNLV is the third most in a Mountain West Tournament game, second only to the 12 by UNLV vs. New Mexico in 2002 and the 12 by Air Force against Utah.