UNLV led at halftime for the 15th-straight game, but the Rebels couldn't hold up over the last 20 minutes, as San Diego State wore down UNLV for a 67-64 victory in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament.
It was 29-23 Rebels at the break, but San Diego State opened the half on a 10-0 run. UNLV never saw the lead again. The Rebels did manage to tie the game a couple of times thanks to Chris Wood's tremendous second half.
After telling San Diego State they should be worried, Wood dropped 21 points on 10 of 20 shooting. In the first half Wood and UNLV handled the Aztec post double better than they had all season. Steve Fisher eventually backed off the double, but that allowed Wood to go off.
He scored 15 of his points in the second half, including a thunderous dunk over two defenders after he drove by Angelo Chol.
It was an incredibly efficient night for Aqeel Quinn, who had 21 points on 8 of 10 shooting. Quinn drained five threes and benefited from UNLV doubling the post, as the Aztecs worked the ball around the perimeter for a good shot.
The Rebels had a chance late, but Winston Shepard grabbed an offensive rebound off a missed free throw and put San Diego State up by five with under 30 seconds to play.
The season is likely over for UNLV, although Dave Rice said earlier this season that he would possibly entertain the idea of playing in the CBI or CIT.
The Aztecs will get the winner of Colorado State and Fresno State tomorrow at 8:30 p.m. PST.