LAS VEGAS – Kris Clyburn scored 19 points, Shakur Juiston added 13 points and a career-high 18 rebounds and UNLV beat Eastern Washington 91-76 in nonconference men’s basketball on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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.
Senior Bogdan Bliznyuk scored 16 points and redshirt freshman Jacob Davison added a career-high 11 to lead Eastern Washington (2-2), which shot just 38 percent from the floor (21 of 71) and missed 11 of 14 3-point attempts.
The Eagles made 11 of 25 3-pointers in a 67-61 upset at Stanford on Tuesday.
Eastern held a six-point lead in the first half before UNLV rallied.
The Eagles hit 13 of their first 22 shots but missed nine consecutive attempts before halftime to trail by six points.
UNLV led 45-41 early in the second half. McCoy made back-to-back layups, Clyburn forced a turnover and finished the play with a dunk, and the Runnin’ Rebels had a 10-point lead and cruised from there.
The Runnin’ Rebels pushed their lead to as many as 25 points.
“Playing these games early show us what we need to work on,” said first-year EWU head coach Shantay Legans. “You can do some good things, but other teams find what you aren’t good at and find ways to expose you. There are things we have to get better at, and that’s why I love this schedule and this team. They are already getting better game to game.
McCoy, a 7-foot NBA prospect, added eight rebounds in just 25 minutes of action.
“It’s a fun team to coach, and I was pleased with the way they played the last three minutes of the game when we put the young guys in,” Legans said.
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