UNLV got 25 points from Chace Stanback and a key steal in the closing seconds to defeat #25 Wisconsin 68-65 before a raucous crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday afternoon.With the Runnin’ Rebels up 66-65 and just 8 seconds to play, the Badgers were inbounding the ball from the baseline behind their own basket, when UNLV guard Justin Hawkins stole the inbounds pass. He was fouled, then sank both free throws to give the Rebels their final margin of victory. A wild Badgers three-point attempt missed as the clock expired. Hawkins’ play was indicative of the Rebels’ defense all afternoon, as they held the Badgers to just 36% shooting. Wisonsin was led by the 19 points of guard Jordan Taylor, but he was held scoreless over the final 19 minutes of play. Meanwhile, the Rebels got several clutch shots in the second half from Stanback, who finished 8-of-14 from the floor and 4-of-7 from three-point range. Guard Oscar Bellfield also helped carry the offensive load for UNLV, with 18 points including four three-pointers. The game also marked the season debut of Rebels senior guard Tre’Von Willis, who sat out the first two games in a suspension for offseason legal problems. Willis entered the game about six minutes in and finished with four points in 23 minutes.
UNLV (3-0) next faces Tulsa on Thanksgiving night in the first round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, California.