The Boise State men's basketball team overcame a slow start to give No. 19/20 UNLV a run for its money, but the Broncos ultimately fell 75-72, Wednesday, at Orleans Arena.
The Broncos missed their first nine shots and the Runnin' Rebels jumped out to a 15-0 lead. UNLV extended its advantage to as many as 22 points, but Boise State cut its deficit to 14 by halftime (41-27). Senior Robert Arnold scored 12 points before intermission to keep the Broncos within striking distance.
Boise State chipped away at the lead to start the second half, but UNLV kept control of the game. The Runnin' Rebels built their lead back to 16 with less than four minutes to play.
With less than two minutes remaining, and trailing by 12, the Broncos found their offesnive rhythm. A three-point play by freshman Ryan Watkins aided a furious 12-2 Boise State run to get within two points at 73-71 with 23 seconds left on the clock. UNLV converted a pair of free throws on its ensuing possession to effectively ice the game. Senior Daequon Montreal made a free throw to provide the final margin.
Arnold and fellow senior La'Shard Anderson each posted a game-high 18 points. Montreal joined them in double figures with 15. Anderson and Montreal scored 14 and 13 points, respectively, in the second half. Arnold also earnd game high honors with seven rebounds.
Chace Stanback led UNLV with 16 points and six rebounds.
Boise State returns to action Sunday, Dec. 12, against Drake in Des Moines, Iowa. Tip off is scheduled for 1:05 p.m. (MT).