Runnin' Rebels Top News UNLV — 16 March 2014
Photo Gallery: UNLV vs San Diego State

By Barry Wong
MyLVsports.com

Regular season Mountain West Conference champion San Diego State built a 15-point lead early in the second half and then held off a late UNLV rally to eliminate the Runnin’ Rebels from the 2014 Mountain West Conference Tournament, 59-51, on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Deville Smith led the Rebels with 17 points while Dwayne Polee II had a game-high 18 points for the Aztecs. Check out some photos from the game below.

UNLV guard Kevin Olekaibe drives to the basket in the first half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Kevin Olekaibe drives to the basket in the first half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones tries to steal the ball away from SDSU forward JJ O'Brien in the first half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones tries to steal the ball away from SDSU forward JJ O’Brien in the first half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV center Khem Birch attempts to block a JJ O'Brien layup in the first half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St. Birch had a game-high 5 blocks.

UNLV center Khem Birch attempts to block a JJ O’Brien layup in the first half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St. Birch had a game-high 5 blocks.

UNLV center Khem Birch jumps up for a slam dunk in the first half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV center Khem Birch jumps up for a slam dunk in the first half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

Runnin' Rebel fans want a traveling call on the Aztecs in the first half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

Runnin’ Rebel fans want a traveling call on the Aztecs in the first half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV head coach Dave Rice signals in a play in the first half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV head coach Dave Rice signals in a play in the first half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV's Khem Birch and Bryce Dejean-Jones trap SDSU guard Xavier Thames in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV’s Khem Birch and Bryce Dejean-Jones trap SDSU guard Xavier Thames in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Jelan Kendrick thinks about his options in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Jelan Kendrick thinks about his options in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV center Khem Birch reacts as SDSU forward JJ O'Brien pokes the ball away, stopping a Rebel transition break in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV center Khem Birch reacts as SDSU forward JJ O’Brien pokes the ball away, stopping a Rebel transition break in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Kevin Olekaibe pulls up against SDSU forward Matt Shrigley in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Kevin Olekaibe pulls up against SDSU forward Matt Shrigley in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Daquan Cook drives into the lane against SDSU forward Winston Shepard in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Daquan Cook drives into the lane against SDSU forward Winston Shepard in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

SDSU guard Xavier Thames brings the ball up in the second half of San Diego St.'s  MWC semifinal game against UNLV.

SDSU guard Xavier Thames brings the ball up in the second half of San Diego St.’s MWC semifinal game against UNLV.

UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones goes for the layin in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones goes for the layin in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV forward Roscoe Smith drives to the basket in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV forward Roscoe Smith drives to the basket in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV guard Deville Smith glides for a layup in the second half of UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St. He led the Rebels with 17 points.

UNLV guard Deville Smith glides for a layup in the second half of UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St. He led the Rebels with 17 points.

UNLV head coach Dave Rice walks off the court after the buzzer sounds in UNLV's MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

UNLV head coach Dave Rice walks off the court after the buzzer sounds in UNLV’s MWC semifinal game against San Diego St.

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