UNLV men’s basketball cuts deficit to three points late, but loses to Bearcats, 65-61
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team (4-3) rallied to get within a single possession three times over the final 3:30, but fell short in a 65-61 loss to Cincinnati at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday afternoon.
Three Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures, led by sophomore guard Amauri Hardy’s career-high 22 points. Senior guard Kris Clyburn added 12 with a game-high nine rebounds, while freshman guard Bryce Hamilton chipped in 10 points.
Cincinnati (7-1) won its seventh straight game and was led by Keith Williams’ 15 points and eight rebounds. Cane Broome added 14 points.
The Bearcats led from the start and increased their advantage to 12 points on three different occasions in the first half.
UNLV fought back to trail 59-56 with 1:45 left, but Cincinnati pushed its lead back to seven with 34 seconds to play. A Hardy 3-pointer cut the deficit to three again at 64-61 with 11 seconds left, but Nysier Brooks put the game away by making one of two free throws.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV missed 11 free throws, going 18 of 29 for the game.
QUOTABLE: “I’m proud of the guys and proud of their fight. We took a step forward. We took care of the ball really well the second half. We handled their pressure well after those first eight or nine minutes, but we fell short. I think the fans saw the makings of the future in terms of our energy and effort. It always hurts to lose, you feel like they are missed opportunities.” – UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies
“It’s a 40-minute game. It’s never over, we kept grinding and kept trying to pull out the win. Unfortunately we didn’t, but it is never over. We don’t want to give up. We continued to fight.” – Hardy
– Cincinnati is now 6-0 all-time vs. the Runnin’ Rebels.
– UNLV turned the ball over on each of its first three possessions and had eight turnovers in the first eight minutes. The Runnin’ Rebels committed just six in the final 32 minutes.
– Cincinnati made 6 of 12 3-pointers for the game.
– UNLV shot 35.3 percent from the field and 29.2 percent on 3-pointers.
– Cincinnati scored 19 points off turnovers, while UNLV had nine.
– Cincinnati outscored UNLV in points in the paint, 26-16.
– Cincinnati led 33-24 at the half.
– UNLV has out-rebounded its opponent in all seven of its games this season, including 37-31 vs. Cincinnati.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,046 straight games.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will play its first road game of the season on Saturday, Dec. 8 at Illinois. The 11 a.m. PT game will be televised on Big Ten Network.