UNLV vs. Kent State Post-Game Notes
March 20, 2008
NCAA TOURNAMENT NOTES -- The 10 points scored by Kent State in the first half is tied for the lowest offensive output by a team in one half in the modern history of the NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament ... It tied the mark set by No. 10 seeded Wake Forest during the First Round of the 2001 NCAA Tournament when the Demon Deacons scored just 10 points in the first half against No. 7 seeded Butler (halftime score was 43-10) on March 16, 2001 in Kansas City, Mo. ... Wake Forest went on to fall 79-63 in that game ... With No. 8 seed UNLV's 71-58 victory over No. 9 seed Kent State, the eighth seeded team in the NCAA Tournament improved to 71-56 in the first round of tournament action.
QWEST CENTER OMAHA RECORDS -- The 10 points scored by Kent State before halftime marks the lowest offensive output in a half at Qwest Center Omaha, topping the previous low of 11, which had happened twice (Alcorn State and Nebraska, both against Creighton).
NO. 8 UNLV NOTES -- With Wink Adam's 3-pointer at the 15:52 mark of the first half, UNLV extended its NCAA record for most consecutive games with a made 3-pointer to 702 ... The Runnin' Rebels have hit at least one 3-point field goal in every game since the NCAA adopted the rule in 1986-87 ... Wink Adams finished with 17 points, marking the 31st time he has reached double figures scoring in 34 games this season ... Joe Darger's 18 points gave him his 21st game of the season in double figures scoring, and his four 3-pointers tied a season-high (for the third time this year) ... René Rougeau's 12 points gave him his 14th double figure scoring game of the year ... René Rougeau's 12 points and 10 rebounds gave him his fourth double-double of the season, as well as his fifth double-digit rebounding game of the season ... René Rougeau's four blocked shots tied a career-high ... UNLV allowed just 10 first half points against Kent State, just a bucket shy of the school-record eight they allowed against Long Beach State on March 8, 1991 ... UNLV is making its second consecutive appearance at the NCAA Tournament for the first time since taking the 1990 National Championship and returning to the NCAA Final Four in 1991 ... UNLV extended its current winning streak to five games, plus the Runnin' Rebels have now won eight of their last nine ... UNLV improves to 13-2 all-time in the First Round of the NCAA Tournament, and boosted their all-time record in the tournament to 33-14 ... UNLV also moved to 8-1 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference, including 1-0 against Kent State.
NO. 9 KENT STATE NOTES -- The Golden Flashes' 10 first half points marked their lowest offensive production in a half this year, which proved to be lower than the 19 points they scored in the first half of the KSU season opener against Detroit ... Only two Kent State starters scored in the first half as Chris Singletary posted six points and Al Fisher had two ... Chris Singletary finished the game with 12 points scored, which put him into double figures for the 16th time this season and the fifth time in the last seven games ... Mike Scott finished in double figures scoring, with 14 points, for the 28th time this year, including 15 games with at least 14 points scored ... Mike Scott added 10 rebounds to his 14 points to come away with his sixth double-double of the season ... Al Fisher, Kent State's leading scorer, finished with 10 points, reaching double figures scoring for the 18th time in his last 19 games ... KSU committed 17 first half turnovers, and their 20 turnovers for the game marked the third time this season they have finished with at least 20 turnovers ... Kent State is now 5-7 on the year when trailing at the half ... The 21-point halftime deficit was Kent State's largest of the year ... The Golden Flashes' previous largest halftime deficit was 12 points, when they trailed North Carolina by a score of 44-32 on January 2, 2008 ... Kent State falls to 4-5 all-time in the NCAA Tournament games ... The Golden Flashes' No. 9 seed was their highest-ever in the NCAA Tournament.
FIRST HALF RECAP -- Kent State's Chris Singletary opened the game with a lay-up at the 19:26 mark of the first half, but UNLV answered with an 11-0 run over the next 5:29 of game action, including a Wink Adams' 3-pointer in transition which gave the Runnin' Rebels a 9-2 advantage ... The Flashes hit their first field goal attempt of the game, but missed their next six attempts ... UNLV's early lead reached double figures with a 3-pointer from Matt Shaw at the 11:20 mark of the first half to give the Runnin' Rebels a 16-6 lead ... Kent State did not score from the 11:31 mark until the 3:53 mark while UNLV built a 27-8 advantage ... The Golden Flashes went 7 minutes and 38 seconds without a bucket before Chris Singletary hit a driving lay-up with 3:53 left ... After cutting the lead down to 27-8, UNLV answered with a jumper by Kendall Wallace to up the lead back up over 20 points, 29-8, with 3:12 left before the break ... Kent State's top two leading scorers heading into the game, Al Fisher and Mike Scott, combined for only two points, hitting just 1-of-12 shots combined from the field ... The Golden Flashes went 0-for-7 from the 3-point line in the first half and were outscored 11-0 on points off turnovers ... UNLV was credited with nine steals in the first half, three of which came from René Rougeau ... Mike Scott's four first half turnovers equalled his previous single-game season high (ended with five after adding another following halftime) .. UNLV led 31-10 at the intermission, its largest lead of the first half.
SECOND HALF RECAP -- UNLV continued to enjoy success in the second half out of the game as they opened play at the break with a Joe Darger lay-up to give the Runnin' Rebels a quick 33-10 lead ... Kent State's Jordan Mincy knocked down the Golden Flashes' first 3-pointer of the game at the 19:36 mark of the second half to trim the lead down to 33-13 ... After the UNLV advantage ballooned to 24 points (39-15) on back-to-back baskets by Corey Bailey and René Rougeau, Kent State's Haminn Quaintance converted a traditional 3-point play at the 17:28 mark to cut the lead down to 21 points at 39-18 ... UNLV's Joe Darger hit consecutive 3-pointers to push the Rebel lead out to 45-20 (largest lead of the game) with 16:17 showing on the clock ... Kent State's Mike Scott hit his first field goal of the game on a breakaway dunk with 14:51 left in the game, but the Golden Flashes still trailed 46-24 ... Mike Scott led the Golden Flashes on a 7-0 run over a 39 second span late in the second half, and finished the game on a 13-4 spurt over the last 1:48 of the game ... Kent State hit five second half three-pointers ... Mike Scott rebounded from a scoreless first half to score 14 second half points, including a rare four-point play at the 2:15 mark.