FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — Oscar Bellfield scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half and Anthony Marshall added 16, helping UNLV hold off Colorado State for a 68-61 win on Saturday night.
The Rebels (20-7, 8-5 Mountain West) have won 20 games for a fifth straight season. They atoned for an earlier 15-point loss to the Rams (18-8, 8-4), a team they may be fighting with for a spot in the NCAA tournament.
UNLV gained on Colorado State in the conference standings, pulling within a half-game of the Rams for third place.
Tre’Von Willis, who missed the first meeting against CSU with a sore right knee, finished with nine points and eight assists. He sealed the win by hitting two free throws with 15.6 seconds remaining.
Willis missed a pair of free throws with 1:35 left, after Rams coach Tim Miles was given a technical foul for throwing his clipboard in the air in disagreement with a call.
Chace Stanback had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the Rebels.
Andy Ogide had 19 points and Wes Eikmeier 13 for the Rams, whose three-game winning streak ended.
Quintrell Thomas gave the Rebels the lead for good, 42-41, on a free throw with 11:27 remaining. Marshall and Willis then combined on a nifty alley-oop play to provide breathing room.
Colorado State cut the lead to one on a drive by Eikmeier, but that was as close as the Rams got in a game that featured eight ties and six lead changes.
UNLV couldn’t find its touch in the first half, shooting just 26 percent from the field.
Despite the shooting woes, the Rebels trailed only 27-22 at the break, largely due to a smothering defense that forced 10 CSU turnovers.
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