Saturday was throwback night, with UNLV playing a name opponent down to the end in a loud and crowded Thomas & Mack Center.
The Rebels just didn’t get the result they wanted, losing 91-88 in overtime to Arizona before an announced crowd of 14,579.
It was the second overtime loss in a row for the Rebels (6-2), who were beaten 77-68 at Northern Iowa on Wednesday.
“We lost an opportunity,” UNLV coach Marvin Menzies said. “However, there was growth. That’s what it’s all about, getting better. But it’s also about winning, and we fell a little short of our goal tonight. I think the community was proud of our effort and the fans that came and saw a good game competing against a top-10 caliber team.”
UNLV twice had chances to beat Arizona (5-3), but Jovan Mooring missed a 3-pointer at the end of regulation and Tervell Beck toward the end of overtime.
The main individual matchup didn’t disappoint, with UNLV’s Brandon McCoy finishing with 33 points on 13-of-17 shooting and 10 rebounds. Arizona’s Deandre Ayton totaled 28 points and 10 rebounds, and he put the Wildcats in front for good at 87-86 with 35 seconds left in overtime.
Former Findlay Prep star Allonzo Trier led Arizona with 29 points.
Shakur Juiston was the only Rebel besides McCoy to score in double figures, totaling 21 points to go with nine rebounds.
“All these kids came here to win, so we’ve got to tighten up some things, and we’ve got to keep growing, keep getting better,” Menzies said. “We need to take care of our decision-making a little bit better. It was better tonight than Northern Iowa, but it wasn’t what we needed.”