UNLV men’s basketball suffers second loss of the season, 72-64 to Valparaiso
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team committed a season-high 25 turnovers and had its four-game win streak snapped with a 72-64 loss to Valparaiso Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game was part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.
Three Runnin’ Rebels (4-2) scored in double figures, led by senior forward Shakur Juiston’s third double-double of the season with a team-high 14 points and a career-high-tying 19 rebounds. Senior guard Kris Clyburn added 12 points, while senior guard Noah Robotham scored 10.
The Crusaders (4-3) had also had three score in double figures, led by Derrik Smits’ double-double of a game-high 20 points and a team-high 12 rebounds.
THE TURNING POINT: Trailing 35-25 with 3:37 to go in the first half, Valpo went on a 21-2 run that spanned part of both halves to take a 46-37 lead with 14 minutes to go in the game.
STATS OF THE GAME: Valpo scored 31 points off of UNLV’s turnovers and added 18 second-chance points.
QUOTABLE: “You are always disappointed after a loss. 49 of their 72 points were a result of us either not blocking out or throwing the ball away. The game slippage is extremely high right now with this young team. That is probably the most challenging thing as a teacher, to watch the process in the early stages when you don’t have the result that you play for. We will go back and come up with some creative ways to get our guys to concentrate more on the details and as a result play better basketball.” – UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies
– This was the first meeting between UNLV and Valparaiso.
– UNLV is now 4-4 all-time in the MW-MVC Challenge.
– UNLV’s biggest lead was 11 points with 5:46 to go in the first half, while Valpo led by as many as 14 in the second half.
– There were 11 ties and three lead changes throughout the game.
– UNLV shot 60.0 percent from the field in the first half (15 of 25), but just 29.3 percent in the second (12 of 41) and finished the game at 40.9 percent.
– The Runnin’ Rebels led 35-31 at halftime.
– UNLV has out-rebounded its opponent in all six of its games this season (45-41 vs. Valpo).
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,045 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will conclude its season-opening seven-game homestand against Cincinnati (6-1) on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. The first 1,000 fans will receive fee T-shirts and free rally towels will be given away while supplies last. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, on the phone at 702-739-FANS and at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.