ALBUQUERQUE – Freshman guard Patrick McCaw scored a career-high 22 points, including 4-of-8 3-pointers, to help lead UNLV to its second road win of the year, 76-68, over New Mexico on Saturday afternoon at WisePies Arena.
Christian Wood and Jelan Kendrick each finished with 17 points and Goodluck Okonoboh added 12 points and five blocks for the Rebels (15-12, 6-8), who moved into sole possession of seventh place in the Mountain West Conference with the victory.
Obij Aget had a career-high 14 points and eight rebounds and Hugh Greenwood and Devon Williams each finished with 13 points for New Mexico (14-13, 6-9). It was the sixth straight loss for the Lobos, the school’s longest losing streak since 1971.
UNLV, which jumped out to a 23-9 lead and only trailed for 46 seconds in the contest, shot 54 percent from the floor, including 10-of-17 from 3-point range. Kendrick, who finished with a game-high seven assists, was a perfect 3-of-3 beyond the arc.
The Rebels return to action on Tuesday night at Utah State (15-10, 8-5), which hosts sixth-place Fresno State (12-14, 7-6) later Saturday night.
UNLV’s only other road this season came on Jan. 27 at Nevada, 67-62. If the season were to end today, the two in-state rivals would play in the first round of the Mountain West Tournament on March 11 at 2:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.
MyLVsports staff report