With the rest of his UNLV basketball team struggling to find its way, Shakur Juiston was there from the start.
He scored 17 points in the first half to carry the Rebels early and finished with 19 points as UNLV defeated Oral Roberts 92-66 on Tuesday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
“I didn’t try to force anything,” said Juiston, who also had seven rebounds. “A big credit to our point guard Jordy (Jordan Johnson). He was tremendous finding people, and he found me a lot, so it wasn’t like I had to take over the game. It was the right time, right place.”
Johnson had 11 assists for the Rebels (7-2), who return to this arena Saturday to play Illinois at 9 p.m.
The Rebels, who were coming off back-to-back overtime losses at Northern Iowa and to Arizona, began slowly and trailed Oral Roberts 21-16.
But UNLV went on a 16-1 run to seize control against the Golden Eagles (2-8).
Brandon McCoy added 17 points for the Rebels, Jovan Mooring scored 15 and Amauri Hardy had 10.
Javan White led Oral Roberts with 24 points and 12 rebounds.
UNLV made 54.2 percent of its shots, including 52.9 percent from 3-point range. The Rebels also outrebounded Oral Roberts 47-35 and had 27 assists, tying the season high set in the opener against Florida A&M.