The Cal Poly men’s basketball team erased a 13-point deficit in the second half but couldn’t get over the hump in its season opener, falling to UNLV on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The Mustangs (0-1) went on an 18-5 run and tied the score at 67-67 with two minutes remaining, but the Runnin’ Rebels went back in front by five with 20 seconds to play. David Nwaba, who had a game-high 15 points along with Joel Awich, coverted a three-point play to cut it to 72-70, but the Mustangs could get no closer.
Reese Morgan had 12 points for Cal Poly, and Taylor Sutlive, in his first game since the 2014 NCAA Tournament, added 11.
Cal Poly forced 19 turnovers and held UNLV (1-0) to 21.4 percent shooting from 3-point range in the loss. Patrick McCaw led UNLV with 15 points.
The Mustangs will play UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on Sunday at 7 p.m.