LAS VEGAS (AP) — Tre'Von Willis scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half, including nine in a row in one stretch, as UNLV defeated San Diego State 76-66 Wednesday night.
Willis, who entered the game as the Rebels' leading scorer with a 15.5-point average, broke a 50-50 deadlock with a layup that gave UNLV a 52-50 lead with 10:09 remaining.
Willis then scored the next seven points with a 3-pointer and four consecutive free throws to give the Rebels (14-3, 2-1 Mountain West) a 59-50 lead with 8:35 left.
Chace Stanback had 10 of his season-high 18 points in the second half while Oscar Bellfield added 12 for UNLV, including eight in the second half. Bellfield topped UNLV with six assists while Stanback led the Rebels with four steals.
Kawhi Leonard topped the Aztecs (12-5, 1-2) with 13 points and 10 rebounds. Tyrone Shelley and Malcolm Thomas scored 12 apiece for San Diego State.
The Aztecs boasted a 44-35 rebounding advantage over the Rebels, most of that advantage in the first half when San Diego State built a 39-33 lead.
The Aztecs went ahead 20-18 on Leonard's dunk with 9:00 left in the first half and stayed on top until the break. Shelley topped both teams with 10 points and four rebounds in the half.
Kendall Wallace's 3-pointer with 11:25 to play gave UNLV its first lead of the second half at 50-48. Chase Tapley tied it with two free throws before Willis ran off nine straight points.
Willis connected on six of his 15 field-goal attempts and 10 of his 13 free-throw tries.