RUNNIN’ REBELS ROLL TO 74-61 WIN OVER OAKLAND

Senior forward Shakur Juiston records first double-double of the year with 18 points and 10 rebounds

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – UNLV senior forward Shakur Juiston recorded his first double-double of the season with a team-high 18 points and a game-high 10 rebounds as the UNLV men’s basketball team (2-1) rolled to a 74-61 win over Oakland on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Three other Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures: sophomore guard Amauri Hardy and sophomore forward Mbacke Diong each had 12 points, while senior guard Kris Clyburn added 10.
 
Oakland (0-3) was led by Xavier Hill-Mais’ game-high 29 points on 11 of 15 from the field. He also had a team-high-tying six rebounds.
 
THE TURNING POINT: Trailing 5-0 early on, UNLV used a 24-2 run over an 11-minute span to take a 24-7 lead with 7:27 to go in the first half. The Runnin’ Rebels led 42-28 at halftime.
 
RUNNIN’ REBEL OF THE GAME: Juiston was 8 of 13 from the field in notching his 16th double-double of his Runnin’ Rebel career.
 
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV shot 52.5 percent from the field for the game (31 of 59). It was the first time this season the Runnin’ Rebels shot over 50 percent.
 
QUOTABLE: “I was very proud of our effort defensively. We still had a lot of breakdowns and we are going to need to have fewer on the defensive side in order for us to be an elite team. Offensively, I thought we went for home runs more than we should have, especially in the second half. Very happy with the result but not totally satisfied. It was a positive step in the right direction and we will continue to grow.” – UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies
 
NOTES: 
– This was the first meeting between Oakland and UNLV in men’s basketball.
– UNLV out-rebounded Oakland 42-25.
– UNLV’s biggest lead of the game was 21 points with 10:22 to play in the game (61-40).
– UNLV outscored Oakland in points in the paint, 50-28.
– UNLV had 25 bench points to Oakland’s 14.
– UNLV led in fast-break points, 12-2.
– Hardy was 5 of 6 from the field, including 2 of 3 on 3-pointers, while Diong was 5 of 8 shooting with eight rebounds and three blocked shots.
– UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in a NCAA-record 1,042 straight games.
 
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will continue its season-opening homestand with a game Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center vs. Pacific. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, on the phone at 702-739-FANS and at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.
 
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