Freshman guard Bryce Hamilton scores game-high 16 points to lead UNLV to its first victory of the season
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV freshman guard Bryce Hamilton was a perfect 5 for 5 from the field and scored a game-high 16 points to lead the UNLV men’s basketball team (1-1) to its first victory of the season, 72-51, over UC Riverside Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Hamilton also made a game-high three 3-pointers, while UNLV sophomore Tervell Beck also scored in double figures with 11 points on a perfect 4 for 4 from the field, including two 3-pointers.
UC Riverside (0-3) was led by Dikymbe Martin’s 14 points.
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV closed the first half on a 13-2 run to take a 35-25 halftime lead. The Runnin’ Rebels then used a 12-0 run during the second half to take a 54-33 lead with nine minutes to play, their largest of the game.
RUNNIN’ REBEL OF THE GAME: After being held scoreless in six minutes of action in the season opener, Hamilton played 23 minutes against UCR, making all five of his field-goal attempts, including all three of his 3-point tries. He also collected four rebounds and dished out an assist. While he was on the court for the Runnin’ Rebels, the team outscored UCR by 25 points.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV’s bench outscored UCR’s 41-17 for the game.
QUOTABLE: “I was excited to see the bounce back. We played better basketball, but we still obviously have a lot of growth and development in front of us. Overall, it was good to get a lot of guys minutes.” – UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies
– UNLV has won 14 straight over UC Riverside and is 9-0 against the Highlanders at home.
– UNLV out-rebounded UCR 38-27 for the game.
– After committing 24 turnovers in the season opener vs. Loyola Marymount, UNLV turned the ball over just 13 times vs. UCR.
– UNLV was 7 of 19 from 3-point range vs. UCR.
– UNLV had 20 fast-break points, while limiting UCR to just seven.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,041 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will continue its season-opening homestand with a game Friday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center vs. Oakland. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, on the phone at 702-739-FANS and at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.