UNLV’s McCoy leaving for NBA after freshman season
LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV freshman center Brandon McCoy is leaving school early for the NBA.
McCoy announced his decision in a release from the school on Tuesday.
A 7-footer originally from Chicago, McCoy was named the Mountain West Conference freshman of the year in 2017-18 after setting league freshman records with 16.9 points and 10.3 rebounds per game. He was 11th nationally with 18 double-doubles, shot 55 percent from the floor and blocked 1.7 shots per game.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shakur Juiston scored 21 points and his 3-point play in overtime started the winning surge that led eighth-seeded UNLV to a 97-90 win over ninth-seeded Air Force in the opening game of the Mountain West Conference Tournament on Wednesday.
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Nevada junior forward Caleb Martin was named the Mountain West's player and newcomer of the year after a season in which the Wolf Pack captured the regular season conference title.
Martin averaged 19.5 point this season. His twin brother, Cody Martin, was the defensive player of the year in a vote by the league's coaches.
Nevada's Eric Musselman earned the coach of the year honors. It's the first time in conference history a team has swept those four categories.
LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Koby McEwen scored 18 points and Sam Merrill scored 15 and Utah State defeated UNLV 79-67 on Saturday night to secure the seventh seed in next week's Mountain West Conference Tournament.
With the win, Utah State (15-16, 8-10) finished ahead of No. 8-seed UNLV (19-12, 8-10) which now has dropped five straight. The Aggies face No. 10 seed Colorado State in Las Vegas on Wednesday, and the Rebels will take on ninth-seeded Air Force.
UNLV pulls away late, beats Air Force 81-73
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jovan Mooring scored 24 points, Brandon McCoy added 10 points and 13 rebounds and UNLV beat Air Force 81-73 on Wednesday night.
UNLV (19-7, 8-5 Mountain West Conference) has won five of its last six games. Air Force (10-14, 4-8) had its two-game win streak snapped.
The Falcons pulled to 65-64 with 3:33 to play, but McCoy answered with a dunk and Mooring a 3-pointer to spark a 16-9 surge to seal it for UNLV.
Juiston leads UNLV past Wyoming 85-70
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shakur Juiston scored 22 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and UNLV beat Wyoming 85-70 on Saturday night.
Juiston was 11 of 15 from the floor for the Rebels (18-7, 7-5 Mountain West Conference), who are three games behind conference leaders Boise State and Nevada. Brandon McCoy added 19 points shooting 11 of 13 from the line, Tervell Beck had 15 points and Jovan Mooring chipped in 10 points with five rebounds.
Boise State hangs on for 93-91 win in OT over UNLV
BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Chandler Hutchison scored 21 points, Justinian Jessup added 18 more and Boise State held on in overtime Saturday night for a 93-91 win over UNLV.
Boise State (19-4, 9-2 Mountain West Conference) held UNLV scoreless for nearly three minutes in overtime, jumping out to an 88-82 lead behind Christian Sengfelder's layup and 2-for-2 shooting from the line by Marcus Dickinson and Hutchison, but had to scramble down the stretch as the Rebels closed in over the final two minutes.
UNLV sweeps San Jose State 76-67
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brandon McCoy had 22 points and 17 rebounds, Jordan Johnson added 15 points with six assists and UNLV beat San Jose State 76-67 on Wednesday night.
Tervell Beck added 12 points and Shakur Juiston had 10 points and nine rebounds for UNLV (16-6, 5-4 Mountain West), which ended an 11-game series losing streak to San Diego State on Saturday.
Juiston, McCoy lead UNLV past San Diego St 88-78
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shakur Juiston and Brandon McCoy combined for 42 points on 19-of-25 shooting and UNLV ended an 11-game losing streak against San Diego State with an 88-78 win on Saturday night.
Jordan Johnson added 17 points and Jovan Mooring had 12 for the Runnin' Rebels (15-6, 4-4 Mountain West), who lead the series 36-32.
The Aztecs (13-8, 4-5) had won seven straight at UNLV, the longest streak in Mountain West history for a team at a league rival's gym.
Williams, Carter lead Fresno State past UNLV 69-63
FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Bryson Williams tossed in 20 points on 10-of-14 shooting and Terrell Carter II added 18 points, six rebounds and a pair of blocked shots in the final seconds to help Fresno State hold off UNLV 69-63 on Tuesday night.
Utah State closes on 9-0 run to get past UNLV 85-78
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Koby McEwen scored 21 points, Sam Merrill added 20 and Utah State closed on a 9-0 run and beat UNLV 85-78 on Saturday night.
Jordan Johnson scored four points during an 8-2 spurt to give UNLV a 78-76 lead with two minutes left. Merrill made a 3-pointer, McEwen hit a 3 and made two free throws, and Dwayne Brown Jr. split a pair from the line to seal it for Utah State (10-7, 3-1 Mountain West).
McCoy scores 23 to help UNLV beat SJSU 82-76 in OT
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Brandon McCoy made 9-of-11 free throws and finished with 23 points and Jordan Johnson hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 30 seconds of overtime to help UNLV beat San Jose State 82-76 on Wednesday night.
Shakur Juiston had 14 points and Kris Clyburn 13 for UNLV (12-3, 1-1 Mountain West). Johnson finished with 10 points, seven assists and three steals.
UNLV edges Northern Colorado 94-91 behind Juiston, Mooring
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shakur Juiston scored 30 points and hauled in 12 rebounds to help lift UNLV to a 94-91 win over Northern Colorado on Friday night.
Jovan Mooring added 25 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer, and Brandon McCoy had 10 points and 13 rebounds for UNLV (11-2), which shot 54 percent from the field and controlled the boards 40-22. The win was the fifth straight for the Rebels.
Juiston, UNLV cruise past Mississippi Valley State, 95-63
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shakur Juiston had his sixth double-double of the season and was one of seven UNLV players to score in double figures as the Runnin' Rebels beat Mississippi Valley State 95-63 on Wednesday night.
Juiston, a transfer from Hutchinson Community College, finished with 12 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Brandon McCoy and Jovan Moring had 13 points apiece, Jordan Johnson and Amauri Hardy each scored 12, Kris Clyburn scored 11 and Tervell Beck 10 for UNLV (10-2).
Mooring scores 27 to lead UNLV past Illinois, 89-82
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Last season UNLV didn't get its eighth win until Dec. 31, two games into Mountain West Conference action.
Saturday night, the Runnin' Rebels improved to 8-2 with three games left on their non-conference schedule.
Jovan Mooring shot 50 percent from the field and scored 27 points to lead UNLV to an 89-82 victory over Illinois at the MGM Grand Garden.
Juiston has 19 as UNLV runs past Oral Roberts 92-66
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Shakur Juiston scored 19 points with seven rebounds and three steals as UNLV got off to a slow start before running past Oral Roberts 92-66 on Tuesday night to halt a two-game losing skid.
The Rebels (7-2) won six straight to start the season before losing in overtime to both Northern Iowa and Arizona.
Juiston had 17 points in the first half. Brandon McCoy totaled 17 points with Jovan Mooring adding 15. Jordan Johnson chipped in seven with 11 assists.
UNLV needs late run to pull away from Southern Utah 101-82
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jordan Johnson had 24 points and 14 assists to lead three with double-doubles and UNLV finished with a big run on Saturday night for a 101-82 win over Southern Utah.
Shakur Juiston added 22 points and 16 rebounds, and Brandon McCoy had 15 points, 14 boards and six blocks. The Rebels (6-0) closed the game with a 17-3 run to pull away from the Thunderbirds (2-3).
McCoy’s double-double leads UNLV to 85-58 win over Utah
LAS VEGAS (AP) — With 14 minutes to play in the Heavyweight bracket's championship game of the MGM Grand Main Event on Wednesday night, UNLV's Jovan Mooring drained a 3-point shot and teammate Jordan Johnson took a lap around the court while pumping his fist, revving up the crowd at T Mobile Arena.
It's the type of jubilation that was missing from Runnin' Rebel basketball last season.
It's the type of energy UNLV coach Marvin Menzies is glad to see.
McCoy, Juiston lead UNLV to 95-68 win over Rice
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Freshman Brandon McCoy had 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Shakur Juiston scored eight to go with career-high 19 rebounds and five assists to help UNLV beat Rice 95-68 on Monday night in the MGM Resorts Main Event.
The 7-foot McCoy made 7 of 11 from the field and 9 of 10 from the free-throw line, while Jordan Johnson had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting, including four 3-pointers, for UNLV (4-0). Jovan Mooring added 14 points and Tervell Beck scored 13.
Clyburn, Juiston lead UNLV over Eastern Washington 91-76
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Kris Clyburn scored 19 points, Shakur Juiston added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and UNLV beat Eastern Washington 91-76 on Friday night.
Clyburn was 7 of 8 from the field and made three 3-pointers. Brandon McCoy had 17 points and Jovan Mooring chipped in 15 points for UNLV (3-0).
UNLV shot 54 percent from the field (31 of 57), made 6 of 12 3-pointers and outrebounded the Eagles 44-33.
Newcomers McCoy, Juiston lead UNLV over Florida A&M 108-66
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brandon McCoy scored 25 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in his UNLV debut, helping the Runnin' Rebels rout Florida A&M 108-66 on Saturday night.
McCoy, a McDonald's High School All-American from Chicago, had 11 points and 12 rebounds in the first half. Shakur Juiston, the National Junior College Player of the Year, added 19 points and 10 rebounds in his first game with the Rebels (1-0).
UNLV looking for a bounce back in Menzies’ second season
LAS VEGAS (AP) — Marvin Menzies' first season at UNLV did not go as planned. He had to throw together a last-minute recruiting class, injuries mounted and so did the losses, leading to the worst season in Runnin' Rebels' history.
A top-20 recruiting class, headlined by five-star forward Brandon McCoy, should be just what Menzies needs to get UNLV headed back in the right direction.
"Looking forward to moving the needle a little forward to create more positive vibes in the city," Menzies said.