LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLVmen'sbasketball team (12-4, 1-2 MW) lost 85-78 to Utah State Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The Runnin' Rebels trailed by as many as 15 points in the first half and after being down by 10 at the half (46-36) fought back to take a three-point lead with under nine minutes left (66-63). There were three lead changes and four ties from there as Utah State (10-7, 3-1) closed the game on 9-2 run.
The Runnin' Rebels had won six of their previous seven games.
Both teams had four players in double figures in scoring. UNLV was led by freshman forward Brandon McCoy's 23 points, while Koby McEwen had 21 for Utah State.
STAT OF THE GAME: Utah State shot 56.7 percent (17 of 30) in the first half and finished the game at 52.5 percent (31 of 59). The Aggies also shot 40 percent from 3-point range (10 of 25) and 81.3 percent from the free-throw line (13 of 16).
QUOTABLE:"Not winning at home is a painful thing. This is not what we planned on and when things don't go your way you need to figure out how to right the ship. It is early in the conference journey, so still very optimistic. Silver lining is guys really fought back. Could have folded up but showed some fight there in the second half. Just wasn't good enough." - UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.
NOTES: - Utah State out-rebounded UNLV 36-34 for the game. - UNLV shot 47 percent from the field (31 of 66). - UNLV outscored Utah State on points in the paint, 44-26. - UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,022 straight games. - There were a total of six lead changes and seven ties in the game. - UNLV used the same starting lineup for the 16th straight game.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN' REBELS:UNLV will be on the road next week as it will travel to Colorado Springs, Colorado, to face Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 10. The game will be televised by AT&T SportsNet. The Runnin' Rebels will return to the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Jan. 17 vs. New Mexico. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.