When asked about the UNLV-SDSU rivalry Aztecs sophomore Jeremy Hemsley replied, “it’s just another game.” Excuse the young Hemsley for not knowing what San Diego State versus UNLV meant, since he’s been an Aztec his team has won by a margin of 19.25 points after today’s 13-point win. The victory was the tenth straight for San Diego State over UNLV.
The young Rebels showed a lot of heart, reducing a 15-point halftime deficit down to six with 3:31 left in the second half, however as often happens talent beats heart. Trey Kell made a tough turnaround jumper to push the lead to eight and then the Aztecs took it back to double digits the rest of the way.
Malik Pope led the Aztecs in scoring with 17 points (on 7-9 shooting) and added nine rebounds. Matt Shrigley, who equaled his career-high, and Hemsley each contributed 16 points to round out the double-digit scorers for the Aztecs. While being quiet on the offensive end Kell had six points, seven rebounds, seven assists, and zero turnovers in the game.
Jovan Mooring was unconscious in the second half for UNLV, finishing with 26 points, five rebounds, and five assists. He was launching threes from NBA range, while also hitting big jumpers over triple-teams. Uche Ofoegbu finished with 13 points and seven rebounds to help the Rebels cause. Unfortunately nobody on the else on the team chipped in more than seven points.
San Diego State is trending up having won five out of their last six games and currently sits half a game behind New Mexico for fourth place.
The Rebels are trending down in what has been a disappointing year. Today’s loss marks seven straight losses and they are currently in last place in the Mountain West Conference.
San Diego State will host Fresno State on Wednesday at Viejas arena. The Bulldogs are currently half a game behind the Aztecs in the standings.
The Rebels will head to Air Force on Wednesday in a battle for last place in the conference.