UNLV made only 34.7 percent of its shots and went especially cold down the stretch by scoring only six points over about a nine-minute stretch.
Quarterback Doug Brumfield said he and his two teammates from Gardena, California, remain committed to UNLV even if coach Tony Sanchez is not retained.
The women’s basketball team is 0-3 after losing to the Thunderbirds 72-68 in overtime. The UNLV volleyball team beat New Mexico.
UNLV plays Texas State at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center. Amauri Hardy leads the Rebels with 19 points per game.
This is the 10th installment of a weekly feature, except for UNLV’s two bye weeks, that will look at a notable Rebels game at Sam Boyd Stadium. UNLV moves to Allegiant Stadium next year.
The Rebels outscored the Wildcats 22-8 over the final 9:42 after Abilene Christian had tied the game at 50.
UNLV plays Abilene Christian at 7 p.m. Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Rebels will try to snap a three-game losing streak.
Mariena Hayden had 15 kills, 11 digs and six aces to lift UNLV to its fourth straight volleyball win and 13th in its past 14 matches, a 3-0 sweep over San Jose State in a Mountain West match.
Robert Smith, one of the greatest point guards in UNLV history, lies in a long-term care facility in Las Vegas, breathing on his own and showing signs that he could be on the road to recovery.
The growing pains that are Kenyon Oblad as UNLV’s starting quarterback continued Saturday, as two second-half interceptions played a major role in a 21-7 loss to Hawaii.