Junior guard Amauri Hardy led UNLV with 18 points Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV men’s basketball junior guard Amauri Hardy made four 3-pointers and scored a team-high 18 points, but the Runnin’ Rebels lost to Texas State Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center, 64-57.
Junior forward Donnie Tillman added 13 points and junior forward Mbacke Diong had a game-high 11 rebounds, also contributing eight points for UNLV (2-4).
The Bobcats (4-2) were led by Nijal Pearson’s double-double of 25 points and 10 rebounds.
THE TURNING POINT: Texas State used a 12-2 run to take a nine-point lead (55-46) with 4:45 to play.
STAT OF THE GAME: The Bobcats held UNLV to just 34.7 percent from the field (17 of 49).
QUOTABLE: “We built a lead, but you have to keep your foot on the gas. I thought we established that we were going to be more physical early but then they went on a run. For us, we need to get stops and then we play with pace. They did a better job down the stretch having the tempo they wanted. We need to maintain our focus, our toughness and our competitive spirit throughout the game to keep it going the way we want.” – UNLV head coach T.J. Otzelberger.
– It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball.
– UNLV junior guard Jonah Antonio was held out with a hand injury.
– This was UNLV’s second game during its stretch of four games in eight days.
– UNLV was outrebounded 35-34.
– UNLV led by as many as 10 in the first half (26-16, 4:58).
– There were eight lead changes and 11 ties throughout the game.
– Texas State outscored UNLV 11-2 in fastbreak points and 22-8 in bench scoring.
– UNLV senior guard Elijah Mitrou-Long dished out six assists with just one turnover.
– Hardy has scored in double figures in all six games this season.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,076 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV has two games 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 SMU at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7:30 p.m.