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.
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett lead star-studded Basketball Hall of Fame class
Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett, Tamika Catchings, Kim Mulkey, Barbara Stevens, Eddie Sutton, Rudy Tomjanovich and Patrick Baumann have been elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
On this date: NC State wins title on Charles' last-second slam
On April 4, 1983, North Carolina State and coach Jim Valvano upset Houston to capture the national championship on Lorenzo Charles' last-second dunk.
Source: Former Oklahoma State coach Eddie Sutton voted into Hall of Fame
Eddie Sutton, one of 10 Division I basketball coaches with 800 or more career wins, will be announced as part of the Class of 2020 for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, a source told ESPN.
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