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Nov 23, 2011 2:14 AM by Andrew Masuda

Mustangs can't keep up with Runnin' Rebels, lose at UNLV

Coming off its first win over a Pac-12 Conference program in ten tries, the Cal Poly men's basketball could not continue the momentum. The Mustangs lost 75-52 to undefeated UNLV on Tuesday night as part of the Las Vegas Invitational.

The Mustangs broke out to an early 5-2 lead on a basket from Will Taylor and a 3-pointer from David Hanson. Drake U'u hit a basket and was fouled. His free throw gave Cal Poly a 12-10 lead at the 14:00 mark in the first half. However, the Runnin' Rebels took the lead for good on a 9-0 run over 3:36 and never looked back. UNLV led 29-22 at halftime and outscored the Mustangs 46-30 in the final 20 minutes.

UNLV improved to 5-0, while Cal Poly dropped to 2-2 after the programs' first meeting since 1999. UNLV leads the all-time series 4-1.

Cal Poly was led by Hanson, who finished with a game-high 17 points on 7-19 shooting, including 3-9 from three-point range. He led the Mustangs with 8 rebounds. Amaurys Fermin and Jamal Johnson each poured in 9 points for Cal Poly. All of Johnson's points came on three-point baskets. Will Taylor added 7 points and 5 rebounds.

The Mustangs shot just 31.7% from the floor and committed 19 turnovers. UNLV shot 45% from the floor and outrebounded Cal Poly 40-36. The Rebels scored 31 points off Cal Poly turnovers.

UNLV had five players score 10 or more points in the game led by Mike Moser, who scored 14 points.

The Mustangs return to action Friday night against Morgan State in the Orleans Arena in Las Vegas.

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