UNLV beats Nevada 67-62
RENO, Nev. (AP) Christian Wood scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for his eleventh double-double of the season Tuesday and UNLV beat Nevada 67-62, snapping a three-game losing streak.
Goodluck Okonoboh scored 13 points off the bench on 6-of-7 shooting and blocked five shots for UNLV (12-9, 3-5 Mountain West Conference) and Rashad Vaughn added 10 points.
Wood’s biggest points came late on a 3-pointer giving UNLV a 60-56 lead with 1:39 left. Wood opened the game with four straight points and UNLV led 33-26 at halftime.
Nevada rallied to lead 56-55 with 3:01 left, but Okonoboh hit a layup and Wood hit a 3 amid a 10-2 run and the Rebels pulled away.
Eric Cooper led Nevada with 16 points (6-13, 2-5), A.J. West and Tyron Criswell scored 15 each, with West grabbing 15 rebounds for his eighth double-double of the season.
The loss is Nevada’s fifth straight since beating UNLV on a go-ahead jumper with 4.8 seconds left on Jan. 10 in Las Vegas.
UNLV outshot Nevada 49 to 36 percent from the field. Both teams struggled to control the ball – each had 13 turnovers – and from the foul line. UNLV was 13 of 25 from the stripe and Nevada shot 17 of 27.
UNLV: UNLV, which had to replace all five starters from a year ago, has used a rotation this season that includes five freshmen, one sophomore and two seniors. … Freshman guard Rashad Vaughn entered the game leading the team in scoring, averaging 17.9 point per game.
Nevada: The Wolf Pack’s best shooter Tuesday Eric Cooper Jr., scored a deep 3 off the backboard ending the first half that kept the Wolf Pack close going into the break. … A Nevada victory would have given the Wolf Pack only its second four-game win streak in program history against the Rebels, last done in 1993-1996. UNLV has dominated the all-time series, 57-22.
UNLV hosts Air Force on Saturday.
Nevada plays Saturday at Wyoming.