MANHATTAN, Kan. – UNLV connected on 12 makes from long range to help secure a 68-58 win over K-State on Saturday evening. It was the first win of the season for UNLV, who moved to 1-4. K-State fell to 1-3.
The Runnin’ Rebels went 12-for-24 from the field in the first half, and junior guard Bryce Hamilton had 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the first 20 minutes. Despite the hot shooting, UNLV led by just one (31-30) at the halftime break.
K-State missed multiple opportunities to take the lead early in the second half, and UNLV took advantage. The hot shooting by the Rebels continued, as the visitors went 8-for-13 to open the second half to push their lead to 11 (52-41) with 11:30 left in the contest.
The Cats didn’t go away, but back-to-back makes from deep by UNLV’s David Jenkins and a fast break layup by Hamilton pushed the UNLV lead back to 11 at 64-53 with just over three minutes remaining. K-State went cold down the stretch and would get no closer than nine the rest of the way.
UNLV finished 26-of-50 from the field for 52 percent. Jenkins scored a game-high 25 with seven makes from deep to lead the way. Hamilton added 18 for the Runnin’ Rebels.
Mike McGuirl’s 17 points led the way for K-State. The Cats got 17 points off their bench but went just 22-for-61 from the field overall and 7-of-24 from deep on the night. DaJuan Gordon and Nijel Pack each scored nine, while Antonio Gordon chipped in with nine rebounds.