SAN JOSE, Calif. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's basketball team (12-3, 1-1 MW) evened its Mountain West record with an 82-76 overtime win at San Jose State Wednesday night.
It was the Runnin’ Rebels’ sixth victory in their last seven games.
Four players scored in double figures for UNLV led by freshman forward Brandon McCoy’s 23 points. He also added a game-high-tying six rebounds. Junior forward Shakur Juiston added 14 points with six rebounds, while junior guard Kris Clyburn scored 13 points and senior guard Jordan Johnson added 10 points with a game-high seven assists.
San Jose State (3-11, 0-3 MW) was led by Ryan Welage’s 23 points and six rebounds.
THE TURNING POINT: San Jose State closed regulation on a 15-4 run, but UNLV freshman Mbacke Diong made one of two free throws with five seconds left to force overtime. With 2:09 remaining in the extra period, UNLV senior guard Jovan Mooring made a 3-pointer – his only made field goal of the night – to give the Runnin’ Rebels the lead for good at 72-69.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV recorded 19 assists on its 26 made field goals. Mooring was second on the team in assists with six.
QUOTABLE:“We didn’t execute at a high level down the stretch. It’s one thing to get up shots and miss, and then they come down and score, it’s another to turn it over and then they score. And missed free throws, things of that nature. It was a bad winning time segment, but conversely winning time in overtime was really good. We got stops and we made buckets and free throws when we needed to.” - UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.
NOTES: - There was a power outage on San Jose State’s campus all day and generators were brought in to power The Event Center for the game. - UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,021 straight games. - With its 12th win of the season, UNLV has exceeded its overall win total from last year. - This was UNLV’s first MW road game. - It was just the third true road game of the season and its second road victory. - UNLV scored just four points in the final 5:18 of regulation, all on free throws. - There were a total of six lead changes and seven ties in the game. - UNLV used the same starting lineup for the 15th straight game.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS:UNLV will be back at the Thomas & Mack Center this Saturday, Jan. 6, to host Utah State at 7 p.m. It will be Season Ticket Holder Appreciation Night and the first 300 fans through the doors will receive a voucher for a free popcorn. Additionally, the Family Fun Pack is available, which includes four tickets, four hot dogs and four sodas for only $56 (a savings of $40). Tickets may be purchased atUNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.