No. 21 UNLV edges California on Thomas' putback

No. 21 UNLV edges California on Thomas' putback
December 9, 2012, 8:50 pm
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UNLV's Bryce Dejean-Jones (13) shoots as California's Tyrone Wallace defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Sunday, Dec.9, 2012 in Berkeley, Calif. (AP Photo/George Nikitin)


BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) Quintrell Thomas grabbed Anthony Marshall's airball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift No. 21 UNLV to a 76-75 win over California on Sunday.

The Runnin' Rebels led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 following two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in. Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a 3-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.

Anthony Bennett had career-highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds while leading UNLV (7-1) to its sixth straight win. Bryce Dejean-Jones also had a career-best 22 points.

Allen Crabbe scored 18 for California.