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Royce Hamm draws charge to end late SJSU spurt

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Royce Hamm draws charge to end late SJSU spurt

By Fenhaus Kebrom

At the beginning of the second half, UNLV held a commanding 16-point lead. With a little over a minute left in the game, SJSU had chipped that lead to four. Jordan McCabe’s turnover handed SJSU the ball with an opportunity to make it a one point game.

Royce Hamm Jr’s drawn charge all but iced the game in a 70-62 UNLV win. After the game, UNLV head coach Kevin Kruger looked back on that last minute of play. “A little anxious, not going to lie,” Kevin Kruger said

San Jose State employed a zone in the second half which gave UNLV some trouble. “When they went to their zone, we got a little stagnant,” Kevin Kruger said. “We stopped attacking, which is easy to do.”

Alongside a clutch drawn charge, the transfer big man grabbed 14 rebounds in a 70-62 win. Bryce Hamilton added nine rebounds to the total along with 30 points, two straight 30-point performances for the 5th year forward.

UNLV starter Donovan Williams was ruled out minutes before the game, paving the way for Keshon Gilbert to appear in his first start. “I stayed down and kept working until my time was called,” Gilbert said in post game interviews. “I’ve been ready for the moment.”

The freshman produced a plus/minus of 19, receiving high praise from head coach Kevin Kruger. “Proud of Keshon individually,” said Kevin Krueger. “He did a great job keeping Moore [Omari Moore] from driving and getting in the paint late.”

San Jose State’s Omari Moore ended the night with 17 points on 5-10 shooting. UNLV frequently switched ball screens with Moore as the PNR ball handler to keep SJSU’s leading scorer at bay.

SJSU guard Trey Smith shot 3-11 from distance, many of which were close misses. SJSU forward Trey Anderson’s missed free throw late in the second would have made it a one possession game with 1:07 left in the game.


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