UNLV Holds Off Omaha, 73-70|
Nov. 16, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Khem Birch's put-back score with 12 seconds left, and his block with just five seconds remaining, helped lift UNLV over Omaha 73-70 on Friday night.
Birch, who had 9 points, 10 rebounds and eight blocks, broke a 70-70 tie with 12 seconds remaining, and then blocked a potential game-tying layup by CJ Carter, who had an open lane on the left side after a timeout.
Bryce Dejean-Jones led UNLV (2-1) with 19 points and also had eight rebounds. Dejean-Jones missed the jumper that set up Birch's putback.
Roscoe Smith added 17 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels, who had 21 turnovers. The 22 rebounds were the most by a UNLV player since Louis Amundson had 22 at Auburn in 2004.
Devin Patterson led the Mavericks (2-2) with 17 points, while John Karhoff added 15. Carter, who had 13 points for Omaha, missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer from the top right arc with :01 left.
The Runnin' Rebels, coming off a disappointing 86-65 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, never trailed.
Watch the archive of the video stream (Tony Cordasco and Keith Starr on the call):
Watch the archive of the postgame press conference: