SAN DIEGO (UNLVRebels.com) – The UNLV men’s basketball team (19-8, 8-6 MW) had its three-game win streak stopped Saturday afternoon as it lost at San Diego State, 94-56.
The Runnin’ Rebels were led by senior guard Jovan Mooring’s 16 points, while Junior forward Shakur Juiston added 12 points and seven rebounds.
The Aztecs (15-10, 7-7 MW) had four players score in double figures, led by Matt Mitchell’s 21 points. Jalen McDaniels recorded a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds.
THE TURNING POINT: San Diego State opened the game with a 10-2 lead, but UNLV came back to trail 15-14 with just under 14 minutes to play in the first half. The Aztecs then scored the next nine points to take a 10-point lead and increased their margin to 20 at the half.
STATS OF THE GAME: UNLV committed 14 first-half turnovers and finished the game with 19. San Diego State outscored UNLV in points off turnovers, 29-7, also connecting on 11 3-pointers.
QUOTABLE: “Love my guys, but didn’t like the way they performed tonight. We have to give San Diego State and Coach Dutcher a lot of credit. They have all their guys back and you can see why they were picked No. 2 in the league in the preseason. It is just a tough game statistically for us to look through and try to make sense of it. But it is just one game. A horrible effort by us and a fantastic effort by them – doesn’t make for a good combination. But, again you have to give them credit for the way they played.” – UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.
– UNLV entered the game having won three straight games and five of its last six.
– The loss was UNLV’s first of the season by double digits.
– UNLV dropped to 4-3 on the road in MW play.
– UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,033 straight games.
– UNLV was out-rebounded 41-30 and SDSU recorded 22 assists to the Runnin’ Rebels’ 11.
– SDSU led by as many as 38 in the second half.
– SDSU’s bench outscored the Runnin’ Rebels’ 30-7.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: The Runnin’ Rebels will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Feb. 21 vs. Fresno State at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.