The Marvin Menzies-era with the UNLV Runnin' Rebels began in the "L" column Friday night.
A scoring drought midway through the first half against South Alabama and virtually non-existent defense were factors in the Runnin' Rebels season-opening loss at Thomas and Mack Center, 76-68.
UNLV's Christian Jones led all scorers with 20 points. He also pulled down 13 rebounds in the losing effort.
Jalen Poyser and Kris Clyburn added 17 and 13 points, respectively.
The Jaguars of Mobile, AL out-shot the Runnin' Rebels 73 to 57, successful on 43 percent from the field. South Alabama, of the Sun Belt Conference, were also more successful behind the three-point arc, making 8 of 27 against UNLV's 2 of 15 shots.
The telling stat of the game for UNLV may be turnovers. The Runnin' Rebels were minus-4 on turnovers, dishing 12 assists but giving the ball away 16 times.
The Runnin' Rebels host UC-Riverside on Wednesday.
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