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FINAL SCORE: UNLV 76, Cal 75. Quintrell Thomas’ putback off an airball by teammate Anthony Marshall with 1.2 seconds left provided the No. 21 Runnin’ Rebels (7-1) the final margin over the Bears (6-2). But Cal lost this game by allowing 13 offensive rebounds, turning the ball over 13 times, and missing 13 (of 28) free throws. Allen Crabbe led Cal with 18 points, and career-highs for Richard Solomon (14) and freshman Tyrone Wallace (13). Anthony Bennett, a freshman who may never become a sophomore, led UNLV with a career-high 25 points and 13 rebounds. Guard Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 22, 12 in the second half.
1:36 2nd H: Freshman Wallace has scored Cal’s past four points and has a career-high 13. But UNLV freshman Bennett just made two FTs — he has 21 points — and the score is tied 70-all.
3:41 2nd H: Wallace draws an offensive foul by UNLV’s Savon Goodman and Cal has the ball, trailing 68-66. Bryce Dejean-Jones, who had scored 12 points since 10:26 left, now on the bench with his fourth foul, an intentional against Justin Cobbs.
8:18 2nd H: Cal tied it on two FTs by freshman Tyrone Wallace, but UNLV now leads 61-58.
11:33 2nd H: Cal has gone five straight possessions without scoring and UNLV is up 53-47.
13:57 2nd H: Cal’s zone continues to stymie (love that word) the Rebels, who are shooting 1 for 8 in the half. A short jumper by Kravish pulled the Bears within 48-47. UNLV called timeout. Cal shooting 62.5 percent from the field, but is 3 for 12 from the FT line.
15:58 2nd H: Cal has crept within 47-41, thanks to a 3-pointer by Crabbe. Teams are a combined 2 for 9 in the half and Solomon has missed 2 more FTs. This is Cal’s chance right now — UNLV is struggling to do much more than cast 3-pointers against the Bears’ zone defense.
HALFTIME: UNLV 45, Cal 38. The Bears led 24-17 with 9:33 left, but have been outscored 28-14 since. Same old problem: Too many turnovers and too many offensive rebounds by the other guys. UNLV has 15 points off nine Cal TOs, and has six second-chance points off eight ORebs. Cal shooting 65.4 percent (17 for 26) and trails by seven. Crabbe and Thurman both with three PFs. Richard Solomon is two points from equaling his career high with 12 already, but missesd a wide-open layup and two FTs. Freshman Anthony Bennett leads UNLV with 13 points, eight rebounds.
1:27 1st H: (Back after technical difficulties). UNLV leads 43-36. Crabbe picked up his third PF on what was called a Flagrant 1 when he swung his elbows while holding the ball. Score was 28-all at the time with 6:49 left. Moser returned to the floor with his right arm in a sling. Won’t play again. UNLV doesn’t appear to need him.
7:45 1st H: Cal leads 26-24 after a jumper by Cobbs. Cal is shooting 73.3 percent (11 for 15), but is plagued again by the same thing that cost the Bears last week at Wisconsin — seven turnovers and six offensive rebounds allowed. Crabbe is back on the floor, playing with two fouls. Robert Thurman just took a seat after picking up his third.
11:55 1st H: Cal leads 18-17 after a 3-pointer by Cobbs, then a postup basket by UNLV’s Quintrell Thomas. Moser left the court with 15:10 left after apparently hitting his head on the floor during a scramble for a loose ball. He was wobbly as he got up and was taken to the locker room. Has not returned. Crabbe picked up his second PF with 12:15 left and is on the bench.
15:41 1st H: A 3-pointer by Crabbe gave Cal a 10-2 lead. Now 12-6 after putback by Robert Thurman and he will shoot one after the timeout. Sonny Dykes and his family just were introduced at midcourt during the time.
17:32 1st H: Good energy in the house and a good crowd, although not full. Cal leads 7-2, forcing UNLV to call timeout. Two baskets by Brandon Smith.
LINEUPS: Cal will start the same lineup its used for all seven previous games with F David Kravish, F Richard Solomon, G Allen Crabbe, G Justin Cobbs and G Brandon Smith. UNLV will start F Anthony Bennett, F Mike Moser, G Katin Reinhardt, G Bryce Dejean-Jones and G Anthony Marshall.
WELCOME: The Bears (6-1) are back at Haas Pavilion today for the first time since Nov. 13, facing No. 21 UNLV (6-1). The game is such a big deal that new Cal football coach Sonny Dykes is here. Will be back with lineups.