ASU outrebounded the Rebels 43-29 on the night, however they could only convert on 44% from the floor and 17% from behind the three point line. UNLV, on the other hand shot 53% from the floor and 50% (8 of 16) from three point range.
ASU, who was led by Awvee Storey's (who averages only 8 points a game) 29 points, cut the Rebel lead to 83-81 with a 1:30 left, but that is as close as they would get. Dalron Johnson's jump hook and two free throws following a Sundevil brick pushed the lead to 87-81 with just over a minute remaining. The Rebels then iced the game from the line. In addition to Johnson's 26 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocked shots, Marcus Banks had 23 points and 5 assists, while Lou Kelly poured in 19 points.
UNLV could be looking at another home game in round two of the NIT, and faces the winner of tonight's South Carolina/Virginia game.