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March 10, 2007 UNLV will be making its fifth appearance in the MWC tournament championship game, which is the most by any conference school. The Runnin' Rebels are 1-3 all-time in the title game, as they won the 2000 tournament over BYU, but lost in 2002 to San Diego State, 2003 to Colorado State, and 2004 to Utah. The first three finals were all in Las Vegas in the Thomas & Mack Center, while the 2004 final was in Denver.
UNLV is now 5-2 all-time in the MWC Tournament semifinals, and are 13-5 all-time in the MWC tournament, which is the best record of any MWC team.
Colorado State dropped its MWC tournament record to 8-7.
UNLV set a new tournament record with 15 three-pointers, breaking the previous record of 13 set by Air Force in the 2005 quarterfinals. UNLV's three-point shooting of 60 percent (15-of-25) also tied for fourth-best in MWC tournament history.
UNLV's 24 assists tied for third-most in tournament history, while Kevin Kruger's nine assists tied for third-best as well.
After Colorado State scored six consecutive points to close within 16-11, UNLV made three straight three-pointers, part of a 9-2 run to open up a 25-13 lead with 10:52 left in the first half.
Colorado State got as close as five in the first half, but UNLV's ninth three-pointer of the first half made the score 41-31 going into halftime. The Runnin' Rebels finished the half shooting 9-of-12 from three-point range for 75 percent. Kruger accounted for five of the three's himself, as he was 5-of-5 for the half. He finished the game 5-of-7 (.714) from three-point range, tied for third-best ever in the tournament for 3-point shooting percentage and tying for fourth-best in 3-point field goals.
UNLV went on a 19-3 run over the last few seconds of the first half and the first 5:21 of the second half, opening up a 57-34 lead with 14:39 left in the game. Cory Lewis's layup at 14:30 ended both the run and an 8:50 field goal drought for Colorado State.
Colorado State's Jason Smith recorded his eighth straight double-double, giving him a league-best 18 for the season and 24 for his career, with 16 points and a game-high 11 rebounds.
UNLV extended its home-winning streak to 16 games, which is the 12th-longest active streak in the nation.
Colorado State's streak of 128 games with a blocked shot ended in the game tonight.
All eight of UNLV's blocked shots came from Joel Anthony, who recorded his second straight eight-block performance against Colorado State. Anthony's eight rejections ranks second in MWC tournament history.
Corey Lewis of Colorado State did not record an assist in the game, snapping a 57-game assist streak by the senior.
UNLV finished the game shooting 56.9 percent (29-of-51), its eighth game this season over 50 percent, and ties for fourth-best in tournament history.
UNLV won its 27th game of the year, its most since the 1990-91 season when the Runnin' Rebels finished 34-1.
N. 2 seed UNLV will now play No. 1 seed BYU in the MWC tournament championship Saturday at 4 p.m. PT.