Moser leads No. 14 UNLV over New Mexico 80-63
LAS VEGAS – Mike Moser scored 14 points and No. 14 UNLV's reserves combined for 28 points, fending off preseason Mountain West favorite New Mexico 80-63 on Saturday night.
Carlos Lopez, sporting a fresh mohawk, led the Runnin' Rebels' reserves with 14 points in 14 minutes, hitting 8 of 14 free throws.
Moser grabbed his 10th rebound in the game's final seconds, notching his 10th double-double this year in a game many expected to be closer given the conference rivalry and New Mexico's tough loss to No. 16 San Diego State earlier this week.
New Mexico kept things tight during the first half, but never posed a threat after losing the lead.
New Mexico's A.J. Hardeman quickly dunked after the opening tip, putting UNLV in an early hole it compounded by missing five of its first seven shots. UNLV (18-3, 2-1) trailed by five midway through the first half, but took its first lead at 25-23 with 6 minutes left on a pair of free throws, eventually finishing the half up 39-35.
The Rebels then ran it up in the second half, scoring 26 points off New Mexico's 11 turnovers and pushing the ball across the floor every chance they got.
UNLV finished with 26 fastbreak points, pressing the lead as high as 20 points.
Kendall Williams and Tony Snell each had 15 points for New Mexico (15-4, 1-2).
The Rebels outshot the Lobos in the first half, but continuously gave New Mexico second and third looks at the basket. New Mexico had 13 offensive rebounds in the first half compared with 15 total rebounds for the Rebels in the same frame.
UNLV flipped that around during the second half, grabbing 18 total and 11 offensive rebounds.
A total of five players scored in double figures for the Rebels, including Anthony Marshall and Chace Stanback with 13 each, and reserve Justin Hawkins, who scored 10 points in 21 minutes.
Drew Gordon had 14 points and A.J. Hardeman had 10 for New Mexico.
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