UNLV takes down San Diego State 82-75
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Anthony Marshall scored a season-high 20 points, and Justin Hawkins and Khem Birch scored off rebounds on consecutive possessions in the final 1:18 to help No. 23 UNLV upset No. 14 San Diego State 82-75 on Wednesday night.
Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 14 points and Birch had 12 for the Runnin’ Rebels (15-3, 2-1 Mountain West Conference).
The Runnin’ Rebels outrebounded the Aztecs 43-31.
The Aztecs’ loss left No. 21 New Mexico as the only team with a perfect league record at 3-0. The Lobos beat Boise State 79-74 in overtime.
Jamaal Franklin had a game-high 27 points while freshman Winston Shepard had 18 and Chase Tapley 16 for the Aztecs (14-3, 2-1).
San Diego State hadn’t lost at home since a 77-67 defeat to New Mexico on Feb. 15.
Marshall had five straight points for UNLV, including his second coast-to-coast layup and a drive up the key for a 73-70 lead with 4:05 left before Franklin made a layup and was fouled by Marshall – his fourth – and converted the three-point play to tie it.
UNLV went back ahead 76-73 when Dejean-Jones made one of two free throws and Birch had a putback.
On SDSU’s next possession, Franklin and Tapley both missed 3-point shots and the Aztecs missed two close-range shots.
UNLV rebounded, called a timeout and Dejean-Jones missed a long 3-pointer. However, Hawkins grabbed the rebound and put it back for a 78-73 lead with 1:18 to go.
Shepard made a bank shot with 1:05 left. Marshall missed for UNLV but Birch grabbed the rebound and scored to make it 80-75.
Anthony Bennett, UNLV’s leading scorer at 19.6 points per game, was held to nine points.
UNLV led 48-42 at halftime and quickly extended the lead to 10 points in the opening 3:25 of the second half. Bennett made a reverse layup and a fallaway jumper, and Marshall had a defensive rebound and drove the length of the court for a layup for a 56-46 lead.
UNLV’s lead was 60-51 when the Aztecs went on a 12-0 run. Franklin made two free throws, Skylar Spencer had a tip-in, Shepard made an inside shot, JJ O’Brien made a … [For more on No. 23 UNLV takes down No. 14 San Diego State 82-75, click here.]