Nevada slips past UNLV 74-71
By W.G. RAMIREZ
LAS VEGAS (AP) Deonte Burton scored 29 points Wednesday night to lead Nevada to a road win over Mountain West Conference-rival UNLV, 74-71.
Trailing 36-34 at halftime, the Wolf Pack scored the first 11 points of the second half to pull ahead 45-36. Nevada continued on a 23-10 run to go up 57-46 with 11:13 left, and cruised to victory.
The Wolf Pack (8-8, 3-0 Mountain West) got 18 points and seven rebounds from Michael Perez, while A.J. West added 11 points and nine rebounds. Nevada was outrebounded 46-38 by UNLV in the game but had better marksmanship, hitting 29 of 65 (45 percent) from the field.
UNLV (10-6, 1-2) had four players in double figures, led by Bryce Dejean-Jones' 15 points. Roscoe Smith, the nation's leading rebounder, had 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels, who lost their second in a row at home.
"We've got to figure out why it is, that we've been so much better away from the Thomas and Mack, than we've been in the Thomas and Mack," said UNLV coach Dave Rice, whose Rebels are 6-5 at home and 4-1 away from Las Vegas.
UNLV was outscored by Nevada in the paint, 38-32. The Rebels, who led by as many as 11 late in the first half, also shot an abysmal 3 of 15 (20 percent) from 3-point range, and just 22 of 63 (35 percent) from the field.
Nevada turned back UNLV's 34-23 lead by closing the first half on an 11-2 run. The Wolf Pack held UNLV to just two points over a seven-minute period, spanning the final 3:10 of the first half and the first 3:50 of the second half.
"We just didn't stay focused and they definitely took advantage of us in the second half," Smith said.
Nevada has now won three in a row, and will host Utah State on Saturday in Reno. UNLV, meanwhile, is off for a week and has two tough road games at New Mexico on Jan. 15 and No. 13 San Diego State on Jan. 18.
Updated January 9, 2014