Derrick Jasper's double-double of 13 points and 10 rebounds helped UNLV beat Tulsa 80-71 in the first round of the 76 Classic on Thursday night.
Chace Stanback scored 15 points and Oscar Bellfield had 13 points and seven assists for the Rebels (4-0), who shot 52.7 percent and made 8 of 14 3-pointers.
Scottie Haralson and Justin Hurtt scored 15 points each for the Golden Hurricane (2-2), while Steven Idlet had 10 of his 12 in the first half.
Tulsa fell behind by as many as 17 in the second half before making several mini-runs.
Trailing 73-61, the Golden Hurricane scored seven straight points, including a 3-pointer by Haralson, to pull as close as 73-68 with 2:40 left.
Neither team shot free throws well, with UNLV making 14 of 21 and Tulsa converting 26 of 35.
UNLV led 40-31 at the break, closing the half with an 8-3 run.