Runnin' Rebels Improve To 7-2 With Win Over Oral Roberts At MGM|
Dec. 5, 2017
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men’s basketball team (7-2) got back in the win column after defeating Oral Roberts 92-66 Tuesday night at MGM Grand Garden Arena. After a 6-0 start to the season, the Runnin' Rebels dropped two straight games - both in overtime at Northern Arizona and at home vs. Arizona.
UNLV junior forward Shakur Juiston scored 17 of his 19 points in the first half against ORU, while three other Runnin' Rebels ended up with double figures in points: freshman forward Brandon McCoy had 17, senior guard Jovan Mooring scored 15 and freshman guard Amauri Hardy had 10.
Senior guard Jordan Johnson recorded double digits in assists for the third time this season as he dished out 11 against the Golden Eagles (2-8) with no turnovers.
ORU was led by Javan White's double-double of 24 points and 12 rebounds.
TURNING POINT: Trailing 21-16 with eight minutes to go in the first half, UNLV went on a 16-1 run to take a 10-point lead at 32-22 with just under four minutes to play until halftime. The Runnin' Rebels extended their lead to 13 points (41-28) at the break as junior guard Kris Clyburn hit a runner at the buzzer. UNLV increased its advantage to 18 about five minutes into the second half and cruised from there.
RUNNIN’ REBEL OF THE GAME: Juiston went 9 of 12 from the field, while pulling down seven rebounds, recording three steals and dishing out three assists in 28 minutes of action.
QUOTABLE: “It was hard to get the guys going this week. That's how we started the game, just kind of hard to get them going. But they are all competitors down deep. One of the timeouts, you could just see it in Jordy's eyes that it was like, alright, it's go time. His defense got going, and that got Kris Clyburn going, then JoJo was really active. I thought they really tried to stay within the framework of the scout in terms of not settling for quick threes. We had great looks. If you go back through our 3-pointers, they were all pretty good looks. I'm pleased with the win.” - UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV's bench outscored ORU's 26-10. Hardy's 10 points was a career high. He was 3 of 4 on 3-pointers.
- UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,015 straight games.
- UNLV made 54.2 percent of its shots from the field, marking the seventh game this season shooting 50 percent or better.
- The Runnin' Rebels shot a season-high 52.9 percent on 3-pointers (9 of 17).
- UNLV held ORU to 28.6 percent from 3-point range (4 of 14).
- McCoy blocked four shots, his second-highest total of the season.
- UNLV outrebounded ORU 47-35.
- The Runnin' Rebels recorded 27 assists on 32 made field goals. The 27 assists ties the season high.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: With the National Finals Rodeo taking place at the Thomas & Mack Center, UNLV will play a second consecutive game at MGM Grand Garden Arena this Saturday, Dec. 9 vs. Illinois. Tickets for the 9 p.m. game may be purchased at RunninRebelsOnTheStrip.com.