No. 18 UNLV 94, UC Santa Barbara 88

Associated Press  |  Last updated December 01, 2011
Mike Moser scored 34 points and Chace Stanback had all 19 of his after halftime as No. 18 UNLV beat UC Santa Barbara 94-88 in double overtime Wednesday night. The Rebels (8-0) won their first game as a Top 25 team. They were coming off a 90-80 victory over then-No. 1 North Carolina. Moser came into the game as the nation's leading rebounder, but he did most of the damage against UCSB from behind the arc. He made six 3-pointers, including five in the second half. The sophomore forward, whose previous career-high was 23 points, had 10 rebounds. Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos (4-2) with 36 points and 10 rebounds. It was second consecutive overtime defeat for UCSB, which lost 76-75 to San Diego State in its previous game. After UCSB took an 81-78 lead with 13 seconds remaining in the first overtime on three free throws by James Nunnally, Stanback nailed a 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left to force a second overtime. The Rebels scored the first four points of the second overtime, including a three-point play by Stanback, and led the rest of the way. Anthony Marshall had 13 points and eight assists for the Rebels, while Oscar Bellfield scored 11 points. UCSB tied the score 71-71 at the end of regulation when Johnson purposely missed a free throw and 7-foot-3 center Greg Somogyi picked up the rebound and scored. Johnson scored 12 points in the first half and his 3-pointer gave the Gauchos their largest lead at 27-20. UNLV finished the half on a 7-1 run to trail 28-27. Moser scored the Rebels' first 11 points of the second half as they took a 38-34 lead. They extended it to 40-34 on a layup by Stanback but consecutive buckets by Johnson triggered a rally by the Gauchos, who went ahead 47-45 on a breakaway layup by T.J. Taylor. Moser followed with consecutive 3-pointers, and UNLV took its biggest lead at 69-59 on another 3 by Moser with 2 minutes remaining. Johnson scored eight points in UCSB's 12-2 run at the end of regulation. Nunnally scored 14 points for the Gauchos and Jaime Serna added 13.
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