Wood has 18 points to lead UNLV over Temple
NEW YORK (AP) Christian Wood had 18 points and 13 rebounds and UNLV held Temple to five second-half field goals in posting a 57-50 victory in the consolation game of the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic on Saturday night.
Cody Doolin added 10 points and Patrick McCaw helped ice the game with a layup with 50 seconds to play as the Runnin' Rebels (3-1) held the Owls to 5 of 33 shooting in the final 20 minutes.
Wood was the catalyst in the second half, scoring 16 points and sweeping the boards with 10 rebounds. He had seven in an 11-3 spurt to open the second half that gave UNLV the lead for good.
Will Cummings had 21 points for Temple (2-2). Quenton DeCosey added 11. The rest of the team scored 18 points on 5 of 33 shooting.
Despite shooting 24.1 percent for the game, Temple had a chance to tie it late.
Down 51-43 with 3:29 to play, the Owls got within three points when Cummings capped a five-point run with a three-point play to close the gap to 51-48 with 2:13 to play.
After Doolin missed a shot inside as the shot clock expired, DeCosey missed a game-tying 3-point attempt with 1:35 left after getting a good look on the right wing.
Wood missed inside at the other end on the ensuing possession and Cummings could not convert a drive. McCaw then scored on a fast break for a 53-48 lead with 50 seconds to go. Jelan Kendrick and Doolin pushed the margin to nine points, making two free throws apiece.
UNLV: The Runnin' Rebels didn't hold a lead in the two games in Brooklyn for almost 61 minutes games against Stanford and Temple. Once they got the lead against the Owls in the opening minute of the second half they didn't lose it.
Temple: This wasn't the Owls worst shooting game of the season. They shot 22.9 percent in a 40-37 win over American to open the season.
UNLV: vs. Albany on Saturday.
Temple: vs. Penn on Tuesday.