UNLV men’s basketball suffers 61-50 loss to Loyola Marymount at Thomas & Mack Center Saturday night
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LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Loyola Marymount’s James Batemon scored 21 of his game-high 27 points in the second half as the Lions spoiled the UNLV men’s basketball team’s season opener, 61-50, at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday night.
LMU’s Jeffery McClendon and Joe Quintana also scored in double figures with 13 and 11, respectively. Mattias Markusson had a game-high 11 rebounds for LMU (2-0).
The Runnin’ Rebels (0-1) were led by senior forward Shakur Juiston’s 12 points and seven rebounds.
THE TURNING POINT: LMU used a 13-0 run over 4:30 in the second half to take a 47-36 lead with seven minutes to play.
STAT OF THE GAME: After shooting 26 percent from the field in the first half and trailing 25-18 at halftime, LMU outscored UNLV 43-25 in the second half, shooting 52 percent after the break.
QUOTABLE: “Obviously, very disappointed with the outcome. I felt like we played really hard, but incredibly careless. I thought that our guys were just really out of sync offensively and just playing too rushed. Our seniors are going to be our backbone and all three of them struggled tonight. When that happens we are going to struggle as a team.” – UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies
– After going 0 for 6 from 3-point range in the first half, LMU was 5 for 9 from behind the arc during the second half.
– UNLV committed 24 turnovers for the game, 12 in each half.
– UNLV recorded 10 blocked shots as a team, led by sophomore forward Mbacke Diong’s five.
– UNLV was just 2 of 16 from 3-point range.
– LMU scored 22 points off turnovers and had 13 second-chance points.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,040 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will continue its season-opening homestand with a game Tuesday, Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center vs. UC Riverside. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, on the phone at 702-739-FANS and at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.