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Mathis hits 2 late 3s to help New Mexico beat UNLV 85-81

January 18, 2018

New Mexico's Makuach Maluach (10) drives around UNLV's Tervell Beck during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2018, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Anthony Mathis scored 14 points, including a 4-point play and a 3-pointer in the final 77 seconds, to help New Mexico rally from a late 11-point deficit and beat UNLV 85-81 on Wednesday night for its first road win of the season.

Makuach Maluach scored eight points during a 13-3 run that pulled New Mexico (9-11, 4-3 Mountain West) within one point with four minutes left. Jovan Mooring hit a 3 to push UNLV’s lead to 81-76 with 1:15 left but, eight seconds later, Mathis was fouled as he hit a 3-pointer from the right wing and hit the free throw. Mooring forced a 3 late in the shot clock on the other end, and Antino Jackson, probing the defense, found Mathis for a deep 3-pointer to make it 83-81 with 11 seconds remaining. After UNLV missed a layup, Joe Furstinger hit two foul shots to cap the scoring.

Maluach scored 19 points on 7-of-12 shooting before fouling out with 3:26 to play. Jackson added 17 points, Furstinger had 14 and Vladimir Pinchuk and Dane Kuiper scored 10 apiece for the Lobos.

Jordan Johnson led UNLV (13-5, 2-3) with 19 points. Mooring scored 18 and Shakur Juiston had 14 points and 14 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.

UNLV went without a field goal for nearly seven minutes, and was scoreless for almost five of those, in the first half but New Mexico also had a drought of four-plus minutes and it was 35-all at the break. Six different Runnin’ Rebel players scored during an 18-5 run that gave them a 67-56 lead with 6½ minutes to go.

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