Even when UNLV doesn't play well, there's no keeping up with the Runnin' Rebels.
UNLV struggled at times Thursday night before beating Pacific 80-59 to win for the 35th straight time over two years. It was the second-lowest point total of the season for the Runnin' Rebels, who came into the game averaging 104.2 points per contest.But coach Jerry Tarkanian felt an off-night might not be the worst thing in the world for his team.
"It's nice to have a lull and still win by 20 points," Tarkanian said. "They controlled the tempo really well and we never got our running game going."
UNLV (24-0, 15-0), now three games away from an undefeated regular season, was never really pushed by the visiting Tigers, who briefly got within 10 points early in the second half before the Runnin' Rebels pulled away.
Iowa 80, No. 4 Indiana 79
Visiting Iowa rallied from a 16-point deficit in the second half and won on James Moses' tip-in at the buzzer.
Indiana (22-4, 10-3 Big Ten), which missed six straight free throws that could have won the game in regulation, took a 77-74 lead in overtime on two free throws by Matt Nover and three straight by Calbert Cheaney.
No. 9 Arizona 100, California 63
Khalid Reeves hit five of Arizona's nine 3-pointers as the Wildcats extended their home-court winning streak to 60 games by avenging an earlier Pac-10 loss at California.
No. 17 UCLA 100, Oregon 83
Tracy Murray scored 27 points and Don MacLean added 17 as UCLA ended visiting Oregon's four-game winning streak in a Pac-10 game.
Hawaii 84, San Diego State 79, OT
At San Diego, Troy Bowe scored seven of his 24 points in overtime to lift Hawaii over San Diego State.
After San Diego State's Courtie Miller tipped in a basket with one second left to force overtime at 72-72, the Rainbows (14-11 overall, 6-8 WAC) began the extra period with a 7-2 run for a 79-74 lead with 1:52 to go and then withstood a comeback by San Diego State (10-14, 5-9).
Wyoming 91, Air Force 69
At Laramie, Wyo., Reggie Slater knocked down 23 points and Tim Breau added 20 as Wyoming defeated Air Force. The Cowboys never trailed and forced the Falcons into committing 16 turnovers.