UNLV earns second straight win with 76-67 victory over the Spartans Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center
LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team (16-6, 5-4 MW) defeated San Jose State, 76-67, Wednesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. The win earned the Runnin’ Rebels a regular-season series sweep over the Spartans, was their second straight victory and third in their last four games.
UNLV had four players score in double figures, led by freshman forward Brandon McCoy’s game highs of 22 points and 17 rebounds. Senior guard Jordan Johnson had 15 points, freshman forward Tervell Beck scored 12 and junior forward Shakur Juiston contributed 10 with nine rebounds.
The Spartans (3-18, 0-10 MW) also had four score in double figures, led by Ryan Welage’s 21 points.
THE TURNING POINT: San Jose State got within three points, 52-49 with 10 minutes left, but junior guard Kris Clyburn hit a corner 3-pointer and senior guard Jovan Mooring got a steal and a breakaway layup to push UNLV’s lead back to eight 30 seconds later. The Spartans didn’t get closer than six points the rest of the way.
RUNNIN’ REBEL OF THE GAME: McCoy recorded his 12th double-double of the season. He was 8 of 13 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line. He also blocked three shots.
STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV made 55.6 percent (15 of 27) of its field goals in the second half.
QUOTABLE: “I’m glad my guys bought in to the defensive side of the ball in the second half. I called an early timeout, I just didn’t think they came out with the energy and the pop that we needed. Everybody wants to beat the Rebels, so you are going to get everybody’s best shot. You need to make sure you show up every single night. I think we are still learning that lesson. Hopefully we learned a lesson and got the W, but we can’t afford to not embrace that opportunity to wear the Scarlet and Gray and don the Rebel jersey. We have to do a better job understanding the value of having one of those jerseys. I have to keep teaching them and educating them and I know we will get them there eventually.” – UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.
– UNLV is above .500 in Mountain West play for the first time this season.
– McCoy has now shot 17 of 25 over his last two games with a total of 43 points and 24 rebounds.
– Juiston is 15 of 20 over the same span with 31 points and 20 rebounds.
– McCoy and Juiston combined for 32 points and 26 rebounds vs. San Jose State on Wednesday night, shooting 13 of 20 from the field.
– UNLV went to the free-throw line 13 more times than the Spartans.
– UNLV shot 50 percent or better for the 14th time this season.
– UNLV out-rebounded San Jose State by 20, 44-24.
– UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,028 straight games.
– Beck made his second start of the season.
– UNLV led 39-34 at halftime.
– UNLV’s pregame introductions featured 3D Video Projection Mapping for the first time.
– The game was the annual Coaching for Literacy Game.
– UNLV defeated San Jose State earlier this season in San Jose, California, 82-76 (OT).
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: The Runnin’ Rebels will head out on the road for two straight games: at Boise State on Saturday and at UNR next Wednesday. UNLV will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Feb. 10 to host Wyoming. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.