Committing a season-high 23 turnovers, UNLV gave itself more drama than necessary.
Then the Rebels took care of the late-game dramatics by making the clutch plays down the stretch, scoring the final seven points to beat Southern Illinois 68-61 on Monday at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Tyrell Green, who tied a career high with 23 points on 9-of-13 shooting, put the Rebels ahead for good at 64-61 with 1:11 left.
“Those moments are always fun as a player,” Green said. “Everyone’s cheering. I would’ve been cheering somebody else if they had hit it. It’s a great feeling overall as a team to see a guy make that shot in that moment.”
After Green’s, Jovan Mooring made a terrific steal of an inbounds pass and drove most of the court for the layup. He later made two free throws for the final points.
UNLV (7-5) clinched a winning nonconference record, with just a Thursday home game against No. 3 Kansas remaining. Then the Rebels go into Mountain West play following Christmas.
This game against Southern Illinois (6-6) completed this season’s Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge. Each conference won five games.
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