Fresnost 37 29 7 73
Unlv 31 35 9 75
Date of game: 1/25/2014

Recap: UNLV vs. Fresno State

Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Khem Birch registered a double-double with 19 points and 11 rebounds as the UNLV Runnin' Rebels claimed a narrow 75-73 overtime decision against the Fresno State Bulldogs in Mountain West Conference action at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Deville Smith posted 17 points and Kevin Olekaibe 15 for the Runnin' Rebels (13-7, 4-3 MWC) as they won for the third time in the last four outings. Bryce Dejean-Jones and Roscoe Smith both tallied 10 points, the former also handing out seven assists.

The Bulldogs (8-13, 1-7) were paced by Cezar Guerrero who tallied 18 points, but he shot only 6-of-20 from the field. Paul Watson responded with 17 points, Tyler Johnson 14 and Alex Davis a double-double off the bench with 12 points and 11 rebounds as the team bowed for the fifth time in as many games.

Fresno State opened the meeting on an 11-2 run, but the squad eventually shot just 40.6 percent from the field in the period, leaving the Bulldogs with a 37-31 advantage at the break.

In the second half FSU dipped to only 32.3 percent accuracy from the floor, allowing UNLV to battle back and take a four-point lead late in regulation. However, a layup by Davis at the 1:53 mark of the frame knotted the score at 66-66, sending the meeting into overtime.

In the extra session a 3-pointer by Dejean-Jones with one minute to play put the hosts ahead for good as they held on for the two-point decision.

The Bulldogs logged a 47-44 rebounding advantage, but the team hurt itself with just 10-of-18 shooting at the free-throw line.

Olekaibe, a transfer from Fresno State, converted three attempts behind the 3- point line and also picked up seven rebounds against his former team.

Game Notes

Mountain West teams have edge in early bowl matchups

The Mountain West Conference has struggled in bowl games the last two years with a 6-7 record both straight up and against the spread. However, five of those 13 games were against Pac-12 teams.

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