UNLV 76, Fullerton State 61
INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) _ Two-time Pacific Coast Athletic Association Player of the Year Richie Adams scored 23 points and grabbed 14 rebounds Saturday to lead 11th-ranked Nevada- Las Vegas to a convincing 79-61 victory over Fullerton State in the 10th annual PCAA Basketball Tournament.
The Rebels led all the way in raising their record to 27-3 and earning an automatic berth in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, which begins next week. Pairings for the 64-team tournament will be announced Sunday.
UNLV scored the game’s first six points and, after Kerry Boagni scored for Fullerton, ran off another six points to make it 12-2 after four minutes of play. At that stage, each of the Rebels’ starters had scored at least two points.
With Adams leading the way, the Rebels extended their advantage to 28-9 midway through the first half. The Titans weren’t closer than 12 points after that.
Adams, a 6-foot-9 senior, scored 15 of his points in the first 12:55 of play, sparking UNLV to a 33-18 lead at that stage. It was 46-25 at halftime and Fullerton, which finished the season with a 17-13 record, was unable to mount a serious threat in the final 20 minutes.
Anthony Jones and Ed Catchings added 18 and 13 points, respectively, for UNLV. Kevin Henderson led Fullerton with 20 points, all but six of them in the first half.