The New Mexico Lobos and UNLV Runnin' Rebels have had a tough, defensive battle in the fist half of their Mountain West Conference opener at The Pit. The Lobos led 9-4 early before the Rebels managed an 8-0 run of their own to take a 17-11 lead with 10:19 on a three pointer by Justin Hawkins.
UNLV lead went up to seven at 19-12 before UNM surged back, eventually taking the lad back on a trey by Tony Snell with 5:54 left to give the Lobos a 24-22 lead.The Lobos and Rebels battled but UNM was able to surge ahead to take a 34-27 lead with 1:09 left on an Alex Kirk jumper. But UNLV scored the last three points of the half to cut the lead to 34-30 at the break.
Kirk led all scorers with 16 points on 5 of 8 shooting and five rebound for UNM.Chad Adams added six points for the Lobos before going down with a hyper extended knee injury late in the first half. UNM sports information says Adams might return in the second half.
Super freshman Anthony Bennett has 4 points for UNLV on 2 of 5 shooting.