UNLV led by as many as 14 points before holding off a late comeback effort by San Diego State to stun the No. 4 Aztecs 66-63 on Saturday at Viejas Center.
UNLV visits San Diego State on Saturday, and the Rebels said the pressure was on the Aztecs, who are trying to complete an historic season.
UNLV jumped on Colorado State early Tuesday night at the Thomas Mack Center and rolled to an 80-56 victory to move into a three-way tie for fourth place in the Mountain West.
UNLV forward Mbacke Diong hasn’t had the statistical impact he had earlier in the season, but is still counted on to defend the rim.
Elijah Mitrou-Long and Bryce Hamilton each scored 17 points as UNLV defeated New Mexico 78-73 on Saturday, handing the Lobos their second home loss of the season.
The top five teams receive first-day byes in next month’s Mountain West tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV is sixth going into Saturday’s game at New Mexico.
UNLV junior forward Donnie Tillman strained a knee in Wednesday’s 82-79 overtime loss to UNR. He was averaging 10.1 points and 4.7 rebounds.
Jalen Harris’ jumper with 1:21 left in overtime gave UNR the lead for good as the Wolf Pack defeated UNLV 82-79 on Wednesday night.
UNR has beaten UNLV in eight of the past 10 meetings. The teams meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
In his previous three games before Saturday, UNLV junior guard Amauri Hardy shot 6 of 24 while totaling 16 points. He scored a team-high 18 against Fresno State.