Marcus Banks carries UNLV to win over SDSU

Marcus Banks found himself with only two points in the first half after collecting two quick fouls. He was on the bench most of the first half as SDSU used an 11-0 start to take a 27-19 lead at the half. UNLV only connected on 24% of their shots in the first half, but it could have been much worse...

Marcus Banks found himself with only two points in the first half after collecting two quick fouls. He was on the bench most of the first half as SDSU used an 11-0 start to take a 27-19 lead at the half. UNLV only connected on 24% of their shots in the first half, but it could have been much worse for the Rebels as the Aztecs were their own worst enemy in making only one of ten free throws over the first 20 minutes. UNLV scratched and clawed their way back into the game to knot it at 47 with 7:27 remaining, but San Diego State's DeAndre Moore drained two three pointers as part of an 8-0 run to give the Aztecs a seemingly comfortable lead. That just set up Marcus Banks' heroics.

With 12 seconds left, Al Faux hit one of two free throws for a 68-65 San Diego State lead. Banks faked a drive then stepped back behind the three point line to tie the game at 68 with four seconds remaining. Tony Bland missed the potential game winner to send the game into overtime.

Banks scored the first basket on the first possession in overtime to give the Rebels their first lead of the game. The Rebels never relinquished the lead after that.

It was a night where all but Marcus Banks struggled for the Rebels. Dalron Johnson scored 9 points and grabbed 8 boards, but he was only 4-15 from the floor. Lou Kelly chipped in 11 points and 6 boards, but he was only 4-11 from the field. Chris Richardson added 13 points and four rebounds for the 16-9 (7-5 MWC) Rebels.

Randy Holcomb led San Diego State (16-11, 5-7) with 20 points and 14 rebounds and Mike Mackell added 16 points. It was the second time this season UNLV beat San Diego State in overtime, the first an 80-79 victory in San Diego earlier this year.

UNLV next plays the Air Force Academy at the Thomas and Mack Thursday night.

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