With only five scholarship players suited up, UNLV limped to the finish line in Mountain West play on Saturday night, getting blown out by San Diego State, 92-56, at Viejas Arena in San Diego.
It was UNLV’s worst defeat since a 94-60 loss at Missouri on Feb. 15, 2004.
Former Findlay Prep star Winston Shepard celebrated Senior Night in style for the Aztecs (23-8, 16-2 MW), scoring 18 points to go along with six rebounds, while freshman guard Trey Kell also scored 18 points, including 4-of-5 3-pointers.
Sophomore guard Patrick McCaw scored a game-high 21 points and freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. added 11 points and a game-high 11 rebounds for the Runnin’ Rebels.
San Diego State, which led by as many as 39 points in the second half, shot 48.5 percent, including 13-of-28 from 3-point range, while holding UNLV to just 30.4 percent shooting. The Rebels finished just 4-of-29 from 3-point range and were outrebounded, 52-36.
UNLV (17-14, 8-10), which lost starting forward Derrick Jones Jr. to a NCAA mandated suspension for an invalid test score on Wednesday, also played without starting point guard Jerome Seagears, who has been battling heel, hand and back injuries, as well as starting forward Dwayne Morgan (shoulder).
The Runnin’ Rebels now turn their attention to trying to win the Mountain West Tournament and garnering the conference’s league’s automatic NCAA Tournament bid. UNLV will be the No. 7 seed and will play No. 10 seeded Air Force on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. The winner comes right back on Thursday to play No. 2 seed Fresno State in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m.
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