Chace Stanback had a career-high 28 and added 10 rebounds to help UNLV beat top-ranked North Carolina 90-80 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Mike Moser added 16 points and 18 rebounds, Oscar Bellfield had 16 points and nine boards and Anthony Marshall finished with 13 for the Rebels (7-0).
P.J. Hairston and John Henson each had 15 points for North Carolina (6-1) in their first loss of the year.
After North Carolina took a 42-38 halftime lead, UNLV opened the second half with a 14-0 run as the Tar Heels missed their first 10 shots. The Rebels built a 77-63 lead on Lopez's basket off a rebound with 5:39 left.
The Tar Heels shot 31 percent in the second half.
The Rebels gambled early in the game, shooting their first 10 of 15 shots from three-point range, converting four. However, the strategy paid off as the Rebels jumped to a 17-9 advantage.
The Tar Heels then held UNLV scoreless for the next four minutes and took their first lead 18-17 ...