UNLV stuns No. 1 North Carolina
Mike Moser turned in a dominant effort with 16 points and a career-high18 rebounds as UNLV stunned No. 1 North Carolina 90-80 in thechampionship game of the Las Vegas Invitational on Saturday. ChaceStanback added a career-high 28 points and 10 rebounds to complementMoser’s fourth double-double of the season for the Rebels (7-0), whodefeated the Tar Heels (5-1) for the first time in four meetings. Thisweek figured to provide a litmus test for North Carolina, which willattempt to rebound when it hosts undefeated Wisconsin on Wednesdaybefore its showdown at No. 2 Kentucky next Saturday. The TarHeels took a four-point lead into the break but settled for a number ofquick jumpers to open second half, missing their first nine shots andallowing the Rebels to score 12 unanswered points that brought thepro-UNLV crowd to life. While North Carolina settled for poorshots and struggled once again from the foul line throughout the final20 minutes, UNLV routinely used crisp passing and its drive-and-dishoffensive attack to free its shooters up from the 3-point line – whereit went 13-of-32 – to stretch the lead to 14 points with 5:40 remaining. The Tar Heels, who shot 31 percent in the second half, could get no closer than seven points the rest of the way. Freshman guard P.J. Hairston and Harrison Barnes paced North Carolina with 15 points apiece.