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UNLV’s Joel Ntambwe grabs league’s weekly award for efforts against BYU


Wade Vandervort

UNLV Rebels forward Joel Ntambwe (24) looks to put the ball in the basket against BYU defenders during the Neon Hoops Coaches vs Cancer benefit game at T-Mobile Arena, Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018.

Joel Ntambwe’s career-best performance on Saturday for the UNLV basketball team in its overtime victory against BYU was honored today by the Mountain West.

Ntambwe, a freshman forward, is the league’s Player of the Week, being rewarded for his double-double of 22 points and 11 rebounds.

More important, he made two free throws with 27 second remaining to send the game into overtime.

He made 6 of 8 shots from the field, and 7 of 8 free throws to help UNLV break a three-game losing streak.

He’s the first UNLV player to be honored this season by the league. The Rebels play Hawaii Saturday at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu.

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