UNLV has had a few remarkable statistical games this season, but most of those were for the obscene offensive numbers the Rebels were putting up. Saturday’s 65-45 loss at New Mexico was a statistical anomaly for the opposite reason.
Here are a few of the numbers that stand out after the game that gave the Lobos a two-game lead in the Mountain West standings.
UNLV junior guard Anthony Marshall led the Rebels with 18 points, but this number was more important in the second half. New Mexico senior forward Drew Gordon scored 18 of his 27 points in the second half, which matched the Rebels’ total points in the final 20 minutes.
It’s the fewest points scored in any half of a UNLV game this season.
Besides Marshall, who scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half, the Rebels shot 2-of-13 after the break. UNLV used to be able to rely on stellar play in the second half, but after this debacle and the blown game at TCU, that’s no longer the case.
UNLV's bench, which has been such a big factor in its recent victories at The Pit, couldn't manage more than one made basket, courtesy of Carlos Lopez.
UNLV’s point total is a season low for the offense, and the Rebels haven’t even held an opponent that low this year either.
UNLV also set a new season low with a 31.1 field-goal percentage, well below the 34.8 percent that it shot in an overtime victory at Boise State last month.
Consecutive courts stormed against the Rebels.
It started with a 68-66 loss at Wyoming on Feb. 4, then continued with the saddest court-storming ever after a 102-97 overtime loss at TCU. And then came Saturday against the Lobos, whose fans cared not that they were favored in the game.