UNLV has often jumped on Mountain West opponents with a barrage of three pointers. In five different games, UNLV has drained 13 or more threes.
But today, it was Fresno State ripping the nets from beyond the arc. The Bulldogs drilled 15 of their 29 threes on the way to an 83-65 victory in the Thomas & Mack.
The Rebel defense was overmatched. UNLV attempted to use a hard hedge on ball screens to take away the ball handlers, but it often led to open threes due to UNLV needing help side defenders in the lane.
Good example of UNLV's struggling ball screen defense.
Mbacke Diong over extends on the ball handler, leading to Noah Robotham having to help in the paint. That leaves his man wide open for three. pic.twitter.com/Hc0LAsc6OP
— Tyler Bischoff (@Bischoff_Tyler) February 9, 2019
UNLV has allowed over 1.1 point per possession in five straight games, something that has only happened once in the Marvin Menzies era.
Braxton Huggins led the charge for Fresno State with 31 points on 10 of 16 shooting. For different Bulldogs reached double figures.
On the offensive end, UNLV had 15 points from Kris Clyburn. But UNLV struggled not only to make threes, but to attempt a high volume.
After seven straight games with at least 20 three-point attempts, UNLV took just 15 threes. The Rebels made only three.
Despite the poor shooting, UNLV still managed to score over 1 point per possession thanks to dribble penetration. The Rebels got 29 layups or dunks, making 18 of them.
The loss drops UNLV to 6-5 in the Mountain West and two games back of third place Fresno State.