UNLV records first victory over ranked opponent since 2015 and snaps Wolf Pack’s 16-game home win streak Wednesday night in Reno
RENO, Nev. (UNLVRebels.com) – Senior guard Jovan Mooring scored a career-high 31 points, making six 3-pointers, to lead the UNLV men’s basketball team (17-7, 6-5 MW) to an 86-78 win over No. 23 UNR Wednesday night at Lawlor Events Center.
The win was the first over a ranked opponent for the Runnin’ Rebels since 2015 and also snapped the Wolf Pack’s 16-game home win streak.
Junior forward Shakur Juiston added 19 points and 12 rebounds for his 10th double-double of the season and senior guard Jordan Johnson contributed 11 points with seven assists.
UNR (20-5, 9-2), which was without leading scorer Caleb Martin, had four players in double figures in scoring, led by Jordan Caroline’s 18 points.
THE TURNING POINT: After freshman forward Brandon McCoy broke a 78-78 tie with two free throws with 1:48 to go, Mooring hit a pull-up jumper to give the Runnin’ Rebels an 82-78 lead with a minute to play. Then on the ensuing UNR possession, Mooring came up with a loose ball and called a timeout with 33.8 seconds to go. McCoy then made two free throws to put the game away.
STAT OF THE GAME: During the last eight minutes: UNR went on a 10-0 run, UNLV went on an 11-0 run, UNR went on an 8-0 run and UNLV went on an 8-0 run – all back-to-back-to-back-to-back.
RUNNIN’ REBEL OF THE GAME: Mooring was 11 of 20 from the field, including 6 of 12 on 3-pointers. He also grabbed seven rebounds, had two assists and two steals in 39 minutes of action. His previous season high in points was 27 vs. Illinois.
QUOTABLE: “It was obviously a good win for the program. There was a bit of an asterisk not having Caleb there for them. He’s a phenomenal player, NBA player, but that’s the way the ball bounces sometimes and hopefully he will get healthy. It was a very good win for us because I think we are playing better. To me the most important thing is improving and as long as we do that the winning will take care of itself. Tonight was a good team effort.” – UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.
“I just wanted to get the guys up for this game and they did a great job of responding. We approached this game with a lot of energy. The effort we displayed tonight was probably our best all year. We just have to continue to build on this. Tonight we showed that we can play with anyone in this league.” – UNLV senior guard Jovan Mooring.
– UNLV has now won three of its last four games and four of its last six.
– The game was part of the Governor’s Series, presented by NV Energy and Barrick Gold, which is a head-to-head athletic and academic challenge between the two Silver State schools. The winner of the season series in men’s basketball will earn three points toward the final score.
– The loss knocked UNR out of first place in the Mountain West by a half game.
– The Runnin’ Rebels improved to 4-2 in Mountain West play on the road.
– UNR had not lost a home game this season entering Wednesday night’s game, going 11-0.
– It was UNLV’s first win over a ranked opponent since defeating then-No. 15/16 Oregon in December of 2015.
– It was the 85th meeting between the two schools in men’s basketball. UNLV improved to 60-25 all-time against UNR and to 27-16 in games played in Reno.
– The attendance of 11,285 was the eighth-largest home crowd in UNR history and its biggest this season.
– UNLV shot 50 percent or better for the 16th time this season.
– Juiston was 9 of 11 from the field.
– There were 12 lead changes and 10 ties throughout the game.
– UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,030 straight games.
– UNLV out-rebounded UNR 45-32.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: The Runnin’ Rebels will return home to the Thomas & Mack Center this Saturday, Feb. 10 to host Wyoming at 5 p.m.
It is the Family Fun Game with a pregame Kid Zone in the Mendenhall Center starting at 3:30 p.m. The first 3,000 fans at the game will receive a free foam finger courtesy of UMC and the first 300 fans will receive a voucher for a free popcorn.
Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. The Family Fun Pack is also available for this game (four tickets, hot dogs and drinks for only $56).