San Jose St. 86, UNLV 75
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ Brad Quinet scored 24 points as San Jose State built a 20-point second-half lead, then held off a UNLV rally for an 86-75 Big West Conference victory Saturday night.
Darren Greene and Jahi Bacon added 14 points each for the Spartans (4-20, 3-13), who won their third straight and beat UNLV for only the third time in 30 meetings.
Kebu Stewart had 19 points and Patrick Savoy 18 for the Runnin’ Rebels (9-14, 5-10), whose five-game losing streak is their first since 1978. The loss assured UNLV its first losing regular season since 1958-59, when the program went 5-13 in its first season and the school was known as Nevada Southern University.
Stewart scored 17 points in the second half as UNLV, which trailed 53-33 three minutes into the second half, went on an 18-1 run to pull within 62-60 on a 3-point goal by Clayton Johnson with eight minutes remaining.
San Jose State answered with two free throws by Terence Wilborn and a basket by Ross Miller _ the Spartans’ first field goal in 7 1/2 minutes _ to extend their lead to 69-61 with five minutes to go.
Stewart scored six straight points, the last on a free throw with 1:45 to go, to bring UNLV within 75-74. Quinet hit two free throws, Marmet Williams added two more free throws and Quinet scored on a driving layup to assure the Spartans their victory.
San Jose State won despite the fact it was missing all three of its centers during the last three minutes. Starting center Mike Brotherton suffered a split upper lip after being elbowed by Stewart during the first three minutes of the game, and did not return. Backup center Miller fouled out with 6:02 to go, and third-string center Brad McKnight got his fifth foul with 2:59 left.
The Spartans finished the game with Greene, a 6-foot-6 forward, and four guards on the floor.
San Jose State shot 55.4 percent from the field. It was the Spartans’ best shooting percentage of the season, and only the second time that San Jose State had shot better than 50 percent from the field.
UNLV is 2-7 under Cle Edwards, who has been filling in for head coach Tim Grgurich. Grgurich has not been on the bench since being hospitalized for symptoms of exhaustion Jan. 6.