Morehead State 59
Final from Las Vegas, Nevada
Game recap by MSU:
LAS VEGAS -- The UNLV men's basketball team used an 18-3 second-half run and blocked 12 shots on its way to a 60-59 victory before a crowd of 12,582 on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
The season opener for both schools was also their first-ever meeting. The Runnin' Rebels compete in the Mountain West Conference, while the Eagles are members of the Ohio Valley Conference.
"I'm always disappointed with a loss, but still very proud of our young men," Head Coach Sean Woods said. "They absolutely battled for 40 minutes, and we literally came up one basket short. It's a long season, and I'm confident we will have good results over time if we play like we did tonight."
UNLV held Morehead State to 31 percent (21-of-68) from the floor, including just 22 percent (7-of-32) in the second half. The Eagles missed 13 consecutive attempts during UNLV's second-half surge.
Morehead State was also whistled for 11 more fouls, which led to 13 more free-throw attempts for UNLV. The Runnin' Rebels tallied a 42-38 rebounding edge, but MSU was +7 on the offensive end.
The Eagles only committed two first-half turnovers and six for the night. The turnaround comes after 22 miscues in their only exhibition game this season. UNLV registered just two steals as a result.
Freshman Rashad Vaughn recorded a game-high 26 points for UNLV, while sophomore Christian Wood contributed 12. Vaughn canned 8-of-18 overall and was just 2-of-8 from long range, but knocked down a trifecta from the corner to break a tie game with just over one minute remaining.
Wood also yanked down 12 rebounds for a double-double. Senior Cody Dollin distributed a game-high seven assists for UNLV, while freshman Goodluck Okonoboh rejected seven shots in the tilt.
Senior Angelo Warner paced Morehead State with 21 points, while junior Brent Arrington added 12. Senior Karam Mashour pulled down a team-best eight rebounds for the Eagles, while senior Kareem Storey was credited with a team-high five assists. MSU used 10 of the 11 players it dressed.
Legendary former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian was in the building:
And, in case you wondered, this guy was here watching. pic.twitter.com/AUrDoCeQBN
— Brian Hutchinson (@Msuhutchinson) November 15, 2014