Boise State men's basketball loses 73-69 at UNLV with late collapse

February 1, 2014 

Final: Boise State fell 73-69 at UNLV after the Rebels used a 12-0 run to erase a double-digit Boise State lead in the final minutes. Kevin Olekaibe hit a 3-pointer in the final seconds with Boise State leading 69-68 to put the Rebels ahead for good. Derrick Marks had 22 points to lead the Broncos.

Halftime notes: Boise State took a 37-27 halftime lead at UNLV thanks to an 8-0 run that put them up 22-14, and it's a lead the Rebels have not been able to overcome. The Broncos were led by Derrick Marks and Thomas Bropleh's 10 points apiece at halftime. Senior Jeff Elorriaga left late in the first half with an apparent back injury. Boise State shot 53.3 percent from the field (16-of-30), including 3-of-6 3-pointers. UNLV was 1-of-9 on 3-point attempts.

Pre-game notes: Boise State will try to win for the first time at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday against the UNLV Runnin' Rebels. Tipoff is 6:05 p.m. MT on CBS Sports Network. The Broncos have lost all three prior visits here against the Rebels and both times they've played in the arena for the Mountain West tournament. The Broncos and Rebels have both won four of their last five games. The Broncos, who make 7.7 3-pointers per game and lead the conference with 78.4 points per game take on a UNLV defense that is No. 1 nationally in 3-point field goal defense, allowing teams to make just 26.0 percent of their 3-point attempts.

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