Recap: UNLV vs. Nebraska Omaha
Las Vegas, NV (SportsNetwork.com) - Roscoe Smith scored 17 points and ripped down 22 rebounds as the UNLV Runnin' Rebels earned a 73-70 victory over the Nebraska Omaha Mavericks in a non-conference battle at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 19 points and Kevin Olekaibe added 11 for UNLV (2-1). Khem Birch nearly recorded a triple-double with nine points, 10 rebounds and eight blocked shots.
Devin Patterson scored 17 points, John Karhoff finished with 15 before fouling out and CJ Carter chipped in 13 for Nebraska Omaha (2-2).
UNLV hit 59.3 percent of its shots from the floor, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc in the first half. Nebraska Omaha managed to shoot at just a 27.8 percent clip, while missing all seven attempts from 3-point range. UNLV led 36-27 at halftime.
The Mavericks managed to claw their way back in the second half by limiting UNLV to just 33.3 percent shooting in the final 20 minutes. However with the score tied at 70-70 with 11 seconds to play, Birch tipped in a missed shot and then blocked a shot on the other end to help the Runnin' Rebels escape with the win.
Nebraska Omaha forced 21 turnovers while committing only nine. UNLV had a 55-43 edge on the glass.Game Notes