HONOLULU (AP) - The University of Hawaii men's basketball team made a second-half push, but it was not enough to avoid a 74-69 loss to No. 19 Nevada-Las Vegas on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Joston Thomas had 16 points and 15 rebounds for UH (8-6), which had won three games in a row.
Thomas' basket off an assist by Vander Joaquim brought the Rainbow Warriors within 58-56, but the Rebels scored eight of the next 10 points.
Oscar Bellfield of Nevada-Las Vegas is guarded by Hawaii’s Shaquille Stokes during the first half of the Rebels’ 74-69 victory over the Rainbow Warriors on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Hauns Brereton sank two free throws for UH with 22 seconds left to make the score 72-69, but after Justin Hawkins' layup, Jeremiah Ostrowski and Brereton each missed 3-point attempts.
"I really, really wanted that one. I thought that was one we could get," said UH coach Gib Arnold. "Give UNLV credit, I thought defensively, they were really good. They get a lot of credit for their offense, but they're actually a very good defensive team."
Anthony Marshall had 19 points and 13 rebounds for the Rebels. Mike Mosher had 15 points with 12 rebounds and Chace Stanback added 13 points.
Each team opened the game by going 2-for-15 from the field. UNLV missed its first seven shots, and led just 14-8 more than 10 minutes in. The Rebels led 35-28 at halftime.
"Coming in, we knew that this would be a game that would be a tremendous challenge for us. Hawaii has played very well of late," said UNLV coach Dave Rice. "They did a good job controlling us on offense. They did a good job with their transition defense, but it's a very good win. I told our guys after the game that we certainly could have done a lot better, but I'm proud of our effort and to be able to leave the island with a win is a good accomplishment for our team."
The Rainbow Warriors' next game is the opener of their final Western Athletic Conference season, at home against San Jose State on Jan. 7.
AP TOP 25
No. 13 Indiana 74, No. 2 Ohio St. 70
No. 3 Kentucky 69, No. 4 Louisville 62
No. 9 UConn 83, St John's 69
No. 10 Florida 90, Yale 70
Iowa 72, No. 11 Wisconsin 65
No. 12 Georgetown 49, Providence 40
No. 15 Mississippi St. 66, Utah 64
No. 16 Michigan St. 68, Nebraska 55
No. 17 Kansas 84, North Dakota 58
No. 19 UNLV 74, Hawaii 69
No. 21 Creighton 68, Wichita St. 61
No. 24 Harvard 74, Saint Joseph's 69