The win evens out the Rebels’ away-game record to 1-1 and bumps them to 9-2 on the season.
The Runnin’ Rebels came out hot against the Fighting Illini, cooking up a 12-2 run in the first four minutes to take an early lead over the Big Ten school at the MGM Grand Garden Arena. During that time, Brandon McCoy had three dunks for 6 points and Jovan Mooring chalked six.
The Rebels came out differently than they have in the past few games this season, letting a 2-7 Oral Roberts team take an early lead over them, despite winning the ball game 92-66. The Golden Eagles were up five points by the eight minute timeout, but a late first-half, seven-point run before the four minute mark signaled the Rebels were awake, and they exited at halftime with a comfy 13-point cushion.
Junior Shakur Juiston, freshman Brandon McCoy and Runnin’ Rebels Head Coach Marvin Menzies speak to media members following their 91-88 overtime loss to the Arizona Wildcats.
UNLV went on the road for the first time this season and they quickly noticed there was a difference of not only being the visitor but their opponent was much better than at least five of their six previous opponents. Despite a valiant effort, the Rebels fell to Northern Iowa 77-68 in overtime at the McLeod Center in Cedar Falls.
The Rebels (2-0) rubbed out Prairie View A&M (0-3) in their second game of the season, 98-63. Junior transfer forward Shakur Juiston (10) had an impressive night picking up a double-double with 13 points and 12 rebounds. Freshman standout forward Brandon McCoy (44) also picked up double digits in scoring and rebounding with 15 points and 11 grabs.