LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Las Vegas native Jordyn Martin led all players with 21 points, but it wasn't enough as Northern Arizona men's hoops fell to UNLV 110-71 at the Thomas and Mack Center in the preliminary round game of the Global Sports Classic.
The Runnin' Rebels hit the court making five of their first 10 shots to take a 11-4 advantage. Costly turnovers by NAU and missed shots resulted in UNLV going up 23-6 midway through the half and extending its lead to 53-25 by the time halftime came around.
NAU's offensive spark in the first half was Mike Green. The guard had 11 points at the halfway mark to finish with 17 for the game.
The Lumberjacks were able to move the ball in the second half when Martin started to stir the pot with his scoring spree. He netted 17 of his 21 points in the second half to give NAU a much need scorer to go along with Green.
The Runnin' Rebels led the whole game and with six players scoring in double figures they weren't short on options. Tyrell Green had a near double-double of 15 points and nine rebounds to lead a UNLV team that shot 54.2 percent from the field, knocking down 11 three-pointers in the process.
The Lumberjacks struggles to keep UNLV out of the paint as they were edged 60 to 32. The Runnin' Rebels collected 27 points off turnovers, but used a 54-point performance from its bench to get past NAU.
The victory gave UNLV its third-straight and the Runnin' Rebels improved to 3-1 overall. The loss dropped NAU to 1-5 on the season.
NAU will stay in Vegas with two games left in the Global Sports Classic. The Lumberjacks face Alabama State on Friday at 1:30 p.m. PT/2:30 p.m. MST. NAU's final game in the classic will be on Saturday against either Cal State Fullerton or Jacksonville State with the game time to be determined.