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Men's Hoops Wins in the WAC Tourney

March. 3, 1998

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Brian Keefe tied a season high with five 3-pointers and scored a game-high 19 points to lead UNLV to a 64-59 victory over Hawaii on Tuesday in the first round of the Western Athletic Conference tournament.

Tyrone Nesby scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the Rebels. Issiah Epps also grabbed eight rebounds while Mark Dickel had nine assists.

Hawaii was led by Alika Smith, who had 15 points. Erin Galloway and Robbie Robinson had 12 points each. Micah Kroeger led Hawaii with 10 rebounds.

UNLV trailed 46-45 with 10:35 remaining but rallied, outscoring Hawaii 15-5 in 8:52 to take a 60-51 lead with 1:43 to play.

Hawaii cut UNLV's lead to 63-59 with under 30 seconds left but the Rebels held on for the win.

Down 24-18 with 8:24 in the first half, the Rebels outscored the Rainbows 17-7 for the rest of the half. UNLV led 35-31 at halftime.

UNLV will face Utah at 9 p.m. Thursday in the second round of the tournament.



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