Men's Basketball shakes off Runnin' Rebels for 89-82 win
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- P.J. Tucker had 25 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 15 Texas to an 89-82 victory over UNLV on Sunday night.
Texas (10-2) finally shook off the pesky Runnin' Rebels (6-5) late in the second half. The Longhorns trailed 67-65 with 5:50 to play after UNLV guard Michael Umeh nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing. But Texas went on a 12-1 run to take control.
Tucker's three-point play followed by his defensive rebound and no-look pass to LaMarcus Aldridge for a layup gave the Longhorns a 72-67 lead with 4:20 left. After Brad Buckman hit two free throws for Texas, Daniel Gibson passed to Jason Klotz for a fastbreak layup to give the Longhorns a 77-68 lead with 2:01 to play.
Romel Beck and Jerel Blassingame each had 17 points for UNLV.
UNLV trailed 48-40 early in the second half, but two 3-pointers by Blassingame and another shot from behind the arc by Beck within a 90-second span helped the Runnin' Rebels go on a 10-0 run to grab a 50-48 lead with 13:30 to play.
Beck hit consecutive 3-pointers to give UNLV an 18-13 lead, its largest of the first half.
Tucker then started to take over inside, scoring 11 points, and Kenny Taylor hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to help the Longhorns end the half on a 15-7 run and take a 40-34 lead.
Buckman and Klotz each added 14 points for Texas.
ON THE PLAY OF JASON KLOTZ: Jason played terrific tonight. He kept moving and wanting the ball. He was patient. He's one of those guys that can score a bunch of different ways.
P.J. Tucker, Sophomore Forward
Jason Klotz, Senior Forward
ON TEXAS' DEPTH: It was beneficial because there were so many scramble situations. (Jerel) Blassingame was very quick and we got tired. Having Mike Williams, LaMarcus Aldridge and Brad Buckman to sub out with me was nice and gave us a chance to rest.
UNLV head coach, Lon Kruger
ON THE PLAY OF P.J. TUCKER: He's really tough and a big-time battler. He's going to be strong on every possession and I think the most impressive thing about him is that he does exactly what he can do to make the team better. That's what makes him such a great player.
Romel Beck, Senior Forward