UNLV men’s basketball closes out Diamond Head Classic play with 1-2 record, opens Mountain West schedule on Jan. 2 vs. Colorado State
HONOLULU (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team (6-6) lost to Bucknell (6-6), 97-72, in the third-place game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Christmas Day.
The Bison had six players score in double figures, led by Kimbal Mackenzie’s 16 points. Jimmy Sotos recorded a double-double with 14 points and a game-high 12 assists.
UNLV was led by freshman forward Joel Ntambwe’s 13 points and senior guard Kris Clyburn’s 10 rebounds.
The Runnin’ Rebels finished the event with a 1-2 record, defeating host Hawaii (73-59) on Dec. 22 and falling to Indiana State (84-79) on Dec. 23.
STATS OF THE GAME: Bucknell made 14 3-pointers, shooting 56 percent from beyond the arc (14 of 25). After making its first 3-point attempt of the game, UNLV missed its next 19 and finished the contest 4 of 25 overall from 3-point range.
– Bucknell was 8 of 13 on 3-pointers in the first half, while UNLV made just 1 of 11. The Bison led 47-30 at halftime.
– Bucknell made 19 of 31 shots in the second half (61.3 percent).
– UNLV shot 38 percent from the field for the game and 16 percent from 3-point range.
– Bucknell ended up shooting 57.8 percent from the field for the contest.
– It was the first meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball.
– UNLV is now 3-3 all-time in the Diamond Head Classic. The Runnin’ Rebels advanced to the championship game in their only other appearance in 2009, falling to USC.
– UNLV has out-rebounded its opponent in all 12 of its games this season, including 44-36 against Bucknell.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,051 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will open Mountain West play on Wednesday, Jan. 2 vs. Colorado State at the Thomas & Mack Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.