Jan. 30, 2013
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Khem Birch scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds to lead UNLV to a 66-54 victory over intrastate rival Nevada on Tuesday night.
After falling behind 11-10 with 13:26 left in the first half, the Runnin' Rebels (17-4, 4-2 Mountain West) used a 9-1 run to go up by seven with 9:10 left before halftime, and UNLV never looked back. The win was UNLV's fourth in five games and its seventh in a row against Nevada.
Anthony Bennett added 13 points and nine rebounds.
The game was the first between the programs as Mountain West members and the Silver State rivals' first as conference foes since 1995-96, when both were members of the Big West.
Jerry Evans Jr. and Deonte Burton scored 14 points apiece for the Wolf Pack (11-9, 2-4), and Evans pulled down nine rebounds.
Both teams next play Saturday: UNLV at Boise State, Nevada at New Mexico.
University of Nevada Men’s Basketball
Nevada is 11-9, 2-4 in the Mountain West after falling 66-54 at UNLV (17-4, 4-2 MW) tonight.
Burton reached double figures for the16th time this season and led the Pack in scoring for the 12th time this year. It was the eighth time he either posted or tied for game-high honors.
Evans led the Pack in scoring for the second time.
Nevada was outrebounded by a season-high 16, 44-28.
The Pack is now 2-6 on the road, 1-2 in MW road games.
UNLV has won the last seven meetings and leads the series 55-19.
Evans just missed posting his first career double-double finishing with nine rebounds which tied for game-high honors.
After making two 3-pointers Story has 216 in his career which ranks second at Nevada. Marcelus Kemp (2004-08) is first with 227.
Fourth-year head coach David Carter is 73-48 at Nevada.
Burton and Story have started all 87 games of their career.
Nevada plays at #20/22 New Mexico on Saturday at 5 p.m. PT. The game will air live on NBC Sports Network.