Originally written on Fox Sports Arizona  |  Last updated 11/5/14
LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Northern Arizona coach Jack Murphy knew his homecoming to Las Vegas could be a forgettable one. Murphy was a UNLV student manager during the 1997-98 season, when the Rebels won the Western Athletic Conference tournament. On Monday, his Lumberjacks were playing the 18th-ranked Runnin' Rebels in front of 18,187 in UNLV's home opener. Besides a few brief moments in the first half, Northern Arizona's night was one not to remember as the Lumberjacks lost 92-54. Dewayne Russell led the Lumberjacks (0-2) with 16 points, while Gabe Rogers had 13. UNLV escaped its lone exhibition game with an 81-80 overtime win against Dixie State last Wednesday. "We knew the worst thing in the world for us was the way the Dixie State game went for them," said Murphy, who played at nearby Durango H.S. "I knew they would come out and put a wall on us and that's what they did. After watching (UNLV) on tape, this is a completely different team. They have a lot of grown men and big player...
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