Illinois 29 32 61
Unlv 39 20 59
Date of game: 11/26/2013

Recap: UNLV vs. Illinois

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Rayvonte Rice registered a double-double with 25 points and 10 rebounds as the Illinois Fighting Illini slipped by the UNLV Rebels, 61-59, in non-conference action the Thomas & Mack Center.

Also scoring in double figures for Illinois (6-0) was Nnanna Egwu who dropped in 12 points on 5-of-7 shooting from the floor.

The Rebels (2-3) were paced by Khem Birch and his 12 points and 10 rebounds, adding four blocked shots in the setback. Bryce Dejean-Jones and Kevin Olekaibe contributed 11 and 10 points, respectively. Roscoe Smith cleared a game-high 13 boards, but scored only six points on the night.

The Illini had a hard time finding the basket in the first half, shooting only 32.4 percent from the floor and 2-of-6 beyond the arc, leaving the squad with a double-digit deficit at the break, 39-29.

In the second half it was UNLV that struggled from the field, converting a total of just eight field goals. Trailing by two points with less than 30 seconds remaining, the hosts had the ball but were unable to get off a high- percentage shot, instead it was Olekaibe with a 3-point attempt in the waning moments that missed the mark.

In a game that featured 11 ties and 13 lead changes, Illinois picked up the win despite shooting only 35.8 percent from the floor.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Lions clinch playoff spot

Landover, MD (Sports Network) - The Detroit Lions clinched a playoff spot on Saturday due to the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Washington Redskins.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Anthony to play in Knicks-Suns tilt

New York Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony will play in Saturday's game against the Phoenix Suns after sitting out the team's previous outing due to soreness in his left knee.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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