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UNLV staves off Nevada rally, wins 71-67

The Associated Press

Nevada's Malik Story, right, goes up for a shot against UNLV's Carlos Lopez in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Nov. 14, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

LAS VEGAS (AP) – Justin Hawkins had 13 points and Chace Stanback added 12 to lead UNLV to a 71-67 win over Nevada, which nearly rallied from an 18-point second-half deficit with 6:36 left in the game on Monday night.

Also for UNLV (2-0), Oscar Bellfield had 11 points as the Rebels have now won six straight in the in-state rivalry.

Guard Deonte Burton led Nevada (0-2) with a career-high 28 points, 20 of which came in the first half. Burton’s 3-pointer from the right sideline with 22 seconds left in the game cut the Rebels’ lead to 68-67.

Anthony Marshall hit 3 of 4 from the free-throw line in the final 15 seconds to seal the Rebels’ win.

Between Marshall’s four free throw attempts, Malik Story, who had 19 points, missed a potential tying 3-pointer from the left sideline with five seconds left. Story scored 16 of his points in the second half.

“We’re a work in progress,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “Give (Nevada) a lot of credit for coming back. They got to every loose ball down the stretch. It’s a rivalry game. Our guys came out with intensity. We have to finish better.”

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Carlos Lopez had nine points, four rebounds, and four blocks, while Mike Moser had eight points and 11 rebounds for the Rebels.

Each team had 10 turnovers, but the Wolf Pack had none in the second half.

“I was just trying to get the W,” said Burton, who was 11 of 14 from the free-throw line. “We have to take care of the ball. Their crowd was loud. They were pressuring us and denying us the ball. I wouldn’t say we were rattled. We had a loss of concentration.”

After each team led three times early, the Rebels took the lead for good at 13-12 with 12:06 left in the first half after two Marshall free throws. That began a 23-7 run and a 38-29 UNLV halftime advantage.

For the game, the Wolf Pack was held from the field to 19 of 59 (32 percent) from the field, while UNLV was 26 of 63 (41 percent).

This is the last time the teams will meet in non-conference play. After this season, the Wolf Pack will leave the Western Athletic Conference to join the Mountain West. The Rebels now lead the series 54-19 all-time.

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