UNLV escaped with two road wins last week to move into a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference. It hasn't had nearly as difficult a time winning at home.
The No. 11 Runnin' Rebels will try to remain undefeated at the Thomas & Mack Center when they take on Colorado State on Wednesday night.
Although they were facing the teams with the two worst conference records, the Rebels didn't have an easy time. UNLV (20-3, 4-1) held on for a 77-72 overtime win at Boise State last Wednesday before posting a 65-63 overtime victory at Air Force on Saturday.
The Rebels moved into a tie atop the Mountain West with San Diego State, which lost 77-60 at Colorado State (14-6, 3-2) on Saturday.
"We know we need to get better, but we've found ways to win two important games," coach Dave Rice said. "Now we're back fighting for a conference title again."
Mike Moser was a big factor in the wins last week. He scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds Saturday after finishing with 18 points and 21 boards against Boise State. Moser is averaging 18.8 points and 14.5 rebounds over the last four games.
He was one of the few players to have a good week, though. UNLV shot a season-low 34.8 percent versus the Broncos and was held to one of its lowest-scoring games against the Falcons.
The Rebels were hurt offensively Saturday by a tough night from Chace Stanback, who finished with two points on 1-of-10 shooting. Stanback came in averaging a team-leading 14.7 points but struggled with his shot in both road games, going 5 of 13 against Boise State.
Stanback will try to get back on track at home, where UNLV is 12-0. Stanback is averaging 16.5 points and shooting 57.5 percent at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Rebels are off to their best start at home since the 1991-92 team finished 14-0.
While they have won their home games this season by an average of 23.8 points, they won't be overlooking Colorado State.
Not only did UNLV lose 78-63 at home to the Rams last season, but Colorado State is coming off its impressive home win over San Diego State. It held the Aztecs to a season-worst 31.3 percent shooting while snapping a 16-game losing streak against Top 25 opponents.
The victory came after consecutive road losses by a combined 52 points. The Rams went on a 10-1 run spanning the first and second halves to take a 46-29 lead with 16:09 remaining, and the Aztecs never got closer than 12 the rest of the way.
"It gives us hope," said guard Wes Eikmeier, who scored 19 points and leads the Rams with 15.8 per game. "But at the same time, we are still humble because of our last two games. We know how bad we can be. We know how good we can be."
The Rams are 2-5 away from home, allowing opponents to score 74.3 points per game. In their last three on the road, they have allowed teams to shoot 42.1 percent from 3-point range (24 of 57).
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