LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Led by junior forward Shakur Juiston’s game-high 24 points, the UNLV men’s basketball team defeated Alaska Fairbanks 97-73 in its only exhibition game of the season Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Three other Runnin’ Rebels scored in double figures – senior guard Jovan Mooring (16), Jordan Johnson (15) and freshman guard Amauri Hardy (10). Freshman forward Cheikh Mbacke Diong added nine points and a game-high eight rebounds, while Juiston added seven boards.
The Nanooks were led by Amenofis Mitchell’s 13 points.
THE TURNING POINT: UNLV used a 16-0 run over more than five minutes in the first half to take a 40-32 lead. The Runnin’ Rebels closed the first half outscoring UAF 18-5. Another 16-0 run in the second half made the score 62-46 in favor of UNLV.
STATS OF THE GAME: UNLV shot 61.7 percent from the field (37 of 60) and 53.8 percent from 3-point range (7 of 13).
RUNNIN’ REBEL OF THE GAME: Juiston led all scorers, shooting 9 of 11 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free-throw line.
QUOTABLE: “I was glad the game unfolded the way it did. There were some good lessons in the first half when the guys were really struggling to guard their 3-point shot. Our players did a good job of paying attention to the details that we gave them at halftime. They came out and executed a lot better in the second half.“ – UNLV Head Coach Marvin Menzies
* UNLV has won all three of its exhibition games under Coach Menzies. Last year the squad beat Dakota Wesleyan 96-80 and New Mexico Highlands 92-66.
* McDonald’s High School All-American Brandon McCoy was not in uniform because of a minor injury.
* UAF made six of its first 10 3-point attempts, then missed nine straight.
* UNLV shot 28 free throws to UAF’s two.
* UNLV outscored the Nanooks 50-30 in the paint and scored 27 points off Alaska’s 14 turnovers.
* The Runnin’ Rebels led 14-2 in fast-break points.
NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m. vs. Florida A&M at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, on the phone at 702-739-FANS and at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.