S. Diego St. 70 at UNLV 72

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UNLV holds off San Diego State for 72-70 win
By ADAM SOBOLESKI, Associated Press Saturday, Feb 16, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP)—Anthony Bennett had 21 points and 12 rebounds, and UNLV hung on in the final seconds to beat San Diego State 72-70 on Saturday night.

After a 14-0 run gave UNLV its largest lead at 67-57, the Aztecs came back and had a chance to go ahead in the final seconds, but Jamaal Franklin with whistled for a traveling violation with two seconds remaining.

Khem Birch added 16 points for the Rebels (19-7, 6-5 Mountain West).

Bennett, who had three blocks, finished 4 of 5 from 3-point range.

Chase Tapley led the Aztecs (18-7, 6-5) with 22 points and six rebounds. JJ O’Brien added 15 points, all in the first half, and 11 rebounds.

Franklin, who finished with 11 points and five steals, also missed a potential tying 3-pointer from the top left arc with 29 seconds left. After Franklin’s miss, UNLV’s Justin Hawkins made 1 of 2 free throws to make it 71-67.

Tapley hit a 3-pointer to cut it to 71-70. On the ensuing inbounds play, O’Brien tied up Bryce DeJean-Jones, and the Aztecs got the ball on the possession arrow. But Franklin took too many steps.

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Chase Tapley Chase Tapley
8-18,  22 Pts
6 Rebs, 1 Assists
Anthony Bennett Anthony Bennett
7-12,  21 Pts
12 Rebs, 1 Assists

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