You hear that cliche all the time, "It was a tell of two halves" in sports. In this case it rang true for the Rebels who played Oregon tight for the first 20 minutes of the game. The 2nd half was a different story altogether. The Rebels came out of the locker room and were plagued by turnovers. The Ducks took advantage of those miscues and ran away with the game to the tune of 83-63.
Tyrell Green was the reason the Rebels stayed close in the opening stanza. The senior has been a pleasant surprise for this team and he shot the lights out with 15 first half points. He was held to just 3 points after that, another reason UNLV couldn't keep pace. While the Rest of the Rebels struggled, Jovan Mooring put forth a heroic 2nd half effort and did his best Damian Lillard impression on the Trail Blazers home court. "Jojo" hit three 30 footers and he chipped in 20 points to keep the score a whole lot more respectable than it could have been. Kris Clyburn was the only other Runnin' Rebel in double figures. The steady sophomore scored 10 points on the evening.
Once again the Rebels displayed heart, but the fundamental things always come back to bite them. Oregon completely bullied UNLV on the glass and won the rebounding battle 40-28. The other thing that killed the Rebs chances were the 9 second half turnovers that they committed. Execution and talent don't have to coincide, but you have to have one, or the other in order to win basketball games.