The Rebels sprinted to a 37-28 halftime advantage, but the Wildcats rallied in the second half to tie it at 50-50 after Payten Ricks drained a 3 with 10:09 remaining. UNLV's Vitaliy Shibel answered with a layup that started a nine-point run to go up 59-50. The Rebels had a 10-0 run to close out the game.
UNLV shot 54% from the floor (27 of 50) while limiting the Wildcats to 22-of-59 shooting (37%).
The Wildcats play Champion Christian College on Thursday. UNLV will host Texas State on Wednesday.
No. 1 Louisville targets rebound vs. Eastern Kentucky
No. 1 Louisville joined a club it wanted no part of by losing to Texas Tech on Tuesday, following Michigan State, Kentucky and Duke as top-ranked teams to fall this season.
Green scores 25 to carry N. Iowa past Grand Canyon 82-58
AJ Green had 25 points as Northern Iowa rolled past Grand Canyon 82-58 on Thursday night.
Western powers No. 6 Gonzaga, No. 15 Arizona tangle
Gonzaga and Arizona, who have often battled for supremacy in the West the past two decades, resume their rivalry Saturday night in Tucson, Ariz.