The Rebels dug a deep hole in the first half by connecting on only two of their first 17 shots from the field. For the half the Rebels only hit 10 of 36 shots overall.
Loyola boosted their first half lead to 16 points when Sherman Gay hit a desperation bank three pointer at the buzzer.
UNLV came out of the gates quickly to begin the second half. The Rebels connected on nine of their first 10 shots in the second half to cut into the Lion lead. Lou Kelly's long three pointer with just under 12 minutes remaining completed the frantic comeback for the Rebels.
From there the two teams seesawed as neither team could gain a big advantage. UNLV had a couple of opportunities to put the game out of reach late, but they squandered the opportunities with turnovers.
The Rebels shot a blistering 64% in the second half.
Dalron Johnson lead the Rebels in scoring and rebounding, with 23 and 10 respectively. It was the 10th double-double in Johnson's career.
Marcus Banks played his most effective game at the point this year, tallying 18 points on 7-16 shooting while doling out 6 assists with only one turnover.
The Rebels next face the Wolfpack of UNR Thursday evening at the Thomas and Mack Center.