Recap: New Mexico 63, UNLV 56
No. 14 New Mexico 63, UNLV 56: Tony Snell scored 10 of his game-high 21 points in the final seven minutes as the Lobos defended their Mountain West Conference tournament title with the victory at Las Vegas' Thomas & Mack Center.Conference player of the year Kendall Williams was the only other New Mexico player to hit double figures, scoring 12 points and dishing out seven assists for New Mexico (29-5).Bryce Dejean-Jones led UNLV (25-9) with 19 points, including three 3-pointers in the game's final minutes. Anthony Bennett added 15 points for the Rebels, who finished the season 18-3 at home. Katin Reinhardt missed 12 of his 16 shots and finished with 11 points.Snell scored seven straight points to give the Lobos a 56-47 lead with 3:48 to play but Dejean-Jones hit-back-to-back 3-pointers to cut the deficit to 56-53. Snell, however, put the game away with a 3-pointer of his own with 1:06 to play.Bennett finished with 11 rebounds as third-seeded UNLV won the battle on the boards 63-56. Cameron Bairstow and Hugh Greenwood grabbed seven rebounds apiece for top-seeded New Mexico.GAME NOTEBOOK: New Mexico led 34-32 at the half. UNLV finally tied the game at 44 on a jumper by Dejean-Jones but Jamal Fenton hit a layup on the Lobos' next possession and New Mexico never trailed again. ...The teams split the regular-season series with both winning at home. ...It was the third time in the 14-year history of the conference that the No. 1 seed has won the title.
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