LOGAN, Utah (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLVmen'sbasketball team (19-12, 8-10 MW) lost at Utah State, 79-67, Saturday night in its regular-season finale.
Four Runnin' Rebels scored in double figures, led by freshman forward Brandon McCoy's 18 points. Freshman forward Tervell Beck added 17, junior forward Shakur Juiston had 12 with a game-high nine rebounds and senior guard Jordan Johnson scored 10 with a game-high seven assists.
Koby McEwen led the Aggies (15-16, 8-10 MW) with 18 points.
THE TURNING POINT:Down 12 at the half (42-30), UNLV cut its deficit to just two points after a 14-2 run. However, Utah State used several runs to increase its lead to as many as 19 with six minutes to play.
STAT OF THE GAME:Utah State made 11 3-pointers, outscoring UNLV 33-9 behind the arc.
QUOTABLE:"Tonight was a tough one based on where we are at right now. We needed a win to remind ourselves what it feels like and unfortunately we weren't able to get it done. We were just too inconsistent. We played really well in spurts and really bad in spurts. You have to give credit though, I though Utah State did a very good job from the perimeter especially. We have to look forward to this next part of the season, which is the postseason. It is a brand new opportunity and a brand new beginning. These guys have to dig down deep and make sure they are mentally and emotionally in the right place. We have to put these games to bed so we can move forward and I think we will." - UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.
NOTES: - UNLV shot 53.1 percent from the field, which was its 17th game of the year at 50 percent or better. - The Runnin' Rebels shot 64 percent in the second half (16 of 25). - The two teams each recorded 29 rebounds. - UNLV outscored Utah State in points in the paint, 42-32, but was outscored in points off turnovers, 24-12. - Utah State's bench outscored UNLV's 19-5. - There were five lead changes and five ties. - Utah State swept the season series with UNLV, also winning 85-78 in Las Vegas on Jan. 6. - UNLV has lost five straight games after winning three straight and five of six. - UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in 1,037 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN' REBELS:UNLV will be the No. 8 seed in next week's Mountain West Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center. The Runnin' Rebels will face ninth-seeded Air Force in the first round on Wednesday, March 7 at 11 a.m. Tickets may be purchased atUNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.