Utah State pulled away in the second half for an 83-74 win over UNLV on Wednesday to end its two-game losing streak and the Rebels’ five-game winning streak.
The Rebels paused in-person team activities Tuesday, and their first Mountain West basketball series at Wyoming on Sunday and Dec. 22 was postponed.
The NCAA awarded nine championship events to Las Vegas on Wednesday, including two premier events to T-Mobile Arena.
Boise State’s athletic department and San Diego State’s men’s basketball program provide example of stability leading to success.
UNLV’s budget cuts, made in response to the financial fallout from the COVID-19 crisis that has shut down athletic events throughout the country, were mostly in travel expenses.
Fourth-seeded UNLV rallied from 11 points down to twice cut the deficit to two, but never caught up in a loss to No. 5 Boise State on Thursday.
UNLV takes a five-game winning streak into the Mountain West tournament, which opens Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels play Boise State at 2 p.m. Thursday.
UNLV (16-14, 11-6 Mountain West) took as much as a 27-point lead over Boise State and then held off a late rally to win Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
UNLV sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds in victories over Colorado State and No. 4 San Diego State.
UNLV plays at Utah State at 7 p.m. Wednesday, and the Aggies’ home floor is among the most intimidating in the Mountain West.