RUNNIN’ REBELS’ FOUR-GAME HOME WIN STREAK STOPPED

UNLV defeated Wednesday night at Thomas & Mack Center, 77-64

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team (19-9, 8-7 MW) had its four-game home win streak stopped Wednesday night as it lost to Fresno State, 77-64, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Runnin’ Rebels were led by freshman forward Brandon McCoy and junior forward Shakur Juiston, who each recorded a double-double. McCoy recorded his 15th double-double of the season with 12 points and 11 rebounds, while Juiston’s was his 12th (11 points and 10 rebounds). Senior guard Jordan Johnson was UNLV’s leading scorer with 13 points on 11 of 12 from the free-throw line, while senior guard Jovan Mooring was the other Runnin’ Rebel in double figures with 11 points.

The Bulldogs (20-8, 10-5 MW) had three players score 20 or more points: Deshon Taylor (22), Jaron Hopkins (20) and Bryson Williams (20).

STATS OF THE GAME: UNLV committed 10 first-half turnovers and finished the game with 17. Fresno State scored 18 points off UNLV’s turnovers. The Runnin’ Rebels made just 2 of 16 3-pointers.

QUOTABLE: “We had two really bad games, with in-and-out effort. When you are going through a tough time like this you have to step back, get clear vision and not let the emotion of the loss take you to a deep place where you can’t recover. We know what we have, we have a good team and have seen flashes of good play. Fresno State is a really good team and so was San Diego State. They (SDSU) played their best game of the season against us. We ran up against two buzzsaws, but there is no excuse for some of the things that are occurring statistically like the turnovers. We feel like we can make some corrections on that.” – UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.

NOTES:
– Fresno State led by as many as 15 points in the first half and was up 43-30 at the half.
– UNLV made 80 percent of its free throws (28 of 35).
– Fresno State outscored UNLV in points in the paint, 44-26.
– Fresno State swept the regular-season series with UNLV. The Bulldogs won 69-63 in Fresno on Jan. 23.
– UNLV has now lost two straight games after winning three straight and five of six.
– UNLV dropped to 10-5 at home overall and 4-4 in MW play at the Thomas & Mack Center.
– UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,034 straight games.

NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: The Runnin’ Rebels will play at New Mexico on Sunday, Feb. 25 at 11 a.m. PT on CBS Sports Network. UNLV’s next home game will be on Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. vs. intrastate rival UNR in the Governor’s Series game. The game will be a Red Out with all fans encouraged to wear red. Free t-shirts will be given away to the first 3,000 fans in attendance and there will also be a pregame tailgate on the plaza starting at 6 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

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