LAS VEGAS -- 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.
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 6 1/2 minutes to go.
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