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Late putback rescues UNLV

UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, far left, and Bryce Dejean-Jones account for 47 points in the Runnin’ Rebels’ sixth straight victory.

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UNLV’s Anthony Bennett, far left, and Bryce Dejean-Jones account for 47 points in the Runnin’ Rebels’ sixth straight victory.

BERKELEY, Calif. — Anthony Bennett, Bryce Dejean-Jones and Anthony Marshall accounted for nearly 80 percent of UNLV's points.

Quintrell Thomas scored the ones that mattered most.

Thomas, a senior reserve forward on coach Dave Rice's mostly young squad, grabbed Marshall's airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds left to lift No. 21 UNLV to a 76-75 win over California on Sunday.

"I saw it was going to be an airball, so I just tried to go get it as fast as I could," Thomas said. "I saw the guy in (Marshall's) face, so I assumed if it was going to go anywhere, it was going short. I was surprised I beat the shot clock."

He did, barely, helping the Running Rebels (7-1) stay unbeaten on the road while winning their sixth straight game.

It almost didn't get to that point.

UNLV led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 after two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. After Rice called timeout, Marshall got the ball near the top of the key and rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in.

Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a 3-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.

"Found a way," Rice said. "Sometimes basketball just comes down to one play."

NO. 16 CREIGHTON 77, AKRON 61: Doug McDermott scored 20 of his 30 in the first half and had a career-high six 3-pointers for the host Bluejays (9-1).

NO. 1 INDIANA: Sophomore forward Austin Etherington is out for the rest of the season because of a fractured left kneecap. Etherington's playing time had steadily increased as the Hoosiers (9-0) moved through the nonconference schedule.

LATE SATURDAY: Brandon Paul figured his Illini needed a pep talk after rallying to tie Gonzaga at halftime.

"I kept telling everybody, 'This is it. We've got to take this right now,' " Paul said. " 'We're not playing well, but we're still in this game.' "

His teammates listened.

Paul finished with 35 points to lead No. 13 Illinois (10-0) over No. 10 Gonzaga (9-1) 85-74.

"A lot of people doubted us," Paul said. "We came into the game as underdogs. We love that stuff."

Paul, a senior guard, made 10 of 16 field-goal attempts, including 5 of 9 3-pointers. He added three assists, two blocks and three steals.


NO. 4 DUKE 60, ST. JOHN'S 42: Elizabeth Williams, recovering from a stress fracture in her left leg that has bothered her for eight months, had 16 points, seven rebounds and five blocks to lead the Blue Devils (8-0) in the seventh annual Maggie Dixon Classic in New York.

NO. 7 KENTUCKY 68, MIDDLE TENN. 56: DeNesha Stallworth had 16 points for the host Wildcats (8-1), who held the Blue Raiders to no field goals and two points over 11 minutes late in the first half.

NO. 10 PENN ST. 97, G'TOWN 74: Maggie Lucas had a career-high 39 points and ignited a potent transition game for the host Lions (7-2).

NO. 15 PURDUE 68, TENN.-MARTIN 60: Sam Ostarello scored 14 of her 16 in the second half for the visiting Boilermakers (9-1), who opened the half with a 15-0 run.

NO. 17 KANSAS 97, NEWMAN 64: Carolyn Davis scored 24 for the host Jayhawks (8-1), who shot 55 percent and never trailed.

NO. 20 OHIO ST. 81, LAFAYETTE 41: Tayler Hill scored 19 for the Buckeyes (6-2), who won their 28th straight game at home.

NO. 22 IOWA ST. 60, FAIRFIELD 43: Chelsea Poppens, back after missing three games with a concussion, had 12 points and nine rebounds for the host Cyclones (6-1).

Late putback rescues UNLV 12/09/12 [Last modified: Sunday, December 9, 2012 10:50pm]
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