Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton scored a career-high 18 points in 72-68 loss Saturday night at Thomas & Mack Center
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Four UNLV men’s basketball players scored in double figures, but the Runnin’ Rebels couldn’t overcome shooting 35.8 percent from the field in a 72-68 loss to SMU on Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Sophomore guard Bryce Hamilton led UNLV (2-5) with a career-high 18 points on 6 of 11 from the field, including 4 of 6 on 3-pointers.
The Mustangs (5-0) were led by Kendric Davis’ 21 points, one day after getting his waiver approved by the NCAA.
RUNNIN’ REBEL RALLY: UNLV was down 38-28 at the half and fought back to trail by just two points at 60-58 with five minutes to play, but a 6-0 Mustang run at that point created enough separation.
STAT OF THE GAME: SMU outscored UNLV in points in the paint, 26-10.
QUOTABLE: “We are done with moral victories. Our guys played hard, but we didn’t play winning basketball when it came time to win. That’s on me. We’re going to get it right. I don’t care if I don’t sleep in the process. That’s not good enough. And it is going to get better here fast.” – UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger.
– It was the seventh meeting between UNLV and SMU in men’s basketball. SMU now leads the all-time series 4-3.
– UNLV out-rebounded SMU 36-27.
– The Mustangs shot 50 percent from the field and made all 12 of their free-throw attempts.
– SMU led by as many as 13 points late in the first half.
– UNLV outscored SMU in fast-break points 14-5 and in bench scoring 20-6.
– UNLV junior guard Jonah Antonio was held out with a hand injury for the second straight game.
– This was UNLV’s third game during its stretch of four games in eight days.
– Junior guard Amauri Hardy scored 13 points and is the only Runnin’ Rebel to have scored in double figures in all seven games this season.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,077 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV has one game remaining on its current four-game homestand as part of the Southwestern Showdown presented by Engage Telehealth. The event features four single games for the Runnin’ Rebels. Next up is Jackson State at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Nov. 26 at 7 p.m.