UNLV vs Santa Barbara

Moser pours in 34; No. 18 Runnin' Rebels outlast Gauchos in two OTs


SANTA BARBARA, Calif. -- First-year coach David Rice knew UNLV would be in for a tough game after moving into the Top 25 for the first time this season.

It turned out to be doubly tough, as the 18th-ranked Runnin' Rebels needed two overtimes to defeat UC Santa Barbara 94-88 on Wednesday night.

Mike Moser scored 34 points and Chace Stanback had all 19 of his after halftime, none more important than his 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left in the first overtime to tie it at 81.

"Being ranked for the first time this year, we knew we'd come in here with a bull's eye on our backs, and that UCSB would put forth a great effort," Rice said. "There were so many plays on both sides. We answered every challenge."

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The Rebels (8-0) were coming off a 90-80 victory against then-No. 1 North Carolina in the finals of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Moser came into the game as the nation's leading rebounder, but he did most of the damage against UCSB from behind the arc. He made six 3-pointers, including five in the second half. The sophomore forward, whose previous career-high was 23 points, had 10 rebounds.

"Mike Moser works hard to be a versatile player," Rice said. "He's the first in the gym for practice and the last to leave."

Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos (4-2) with 36 points and 10 rebounds. It was second successive overtime defeat for UCSB, which lost 76-75 to San Diego State in its previous game.

"He and Moser put on quite a show," UCSB coach Bob Williams said of Johnson. "Orlando was a warrior, an absolute warrior."

After UCSB took an 81-78 lead with 13 seconds remaining in the first overtime on three free throws by James Nunnally, Stanback nailed his big 3-pointer.

"If he doesn't make that shot, we're going home with a loss," Rice said. "He's a senior, and he's been in a lot of big games."

The Rebels scored the first four points of the second overtime, including a three-point play by Stanback, and led the rest of the way.

"I've got to give UNLV a lot of credit. They were outstanding defensively. That's the best defensive team we've played by far."

Anthony Marshall had 13 points and eight assists for the Rebels, while Oscar Bellfield scored 11 points.

UCSB tied the score at 71 at the end of regulation when Johnson purposely missed a free throw and 7-foot-3 center Greg Somogyi picked up the rebound and scored.

Johnson scored 12 points in the first half and his 3-pointer gave the Gauchos their largest lead at 27-20. UNLV finished the half on a 7-1 run to trail 28-27.

Moser scored the Rebels' first 11 points of the second half as they took a 38-34 lead. They extended it to 40-34 on a layup by Stanback but consecutive buckets by Johnson triggered a rally by the Gauchos, who went ahead 47-45 on a breakaway layup by T.J. Taylor.

Moser followed with consecutive 3-pointers, and UNLV took its biggest lead at 69-59 on another 3 by Moser with 2 minutes remaining. Johnson scored eight points in UCSB's 12-2 run at the end of regulation.

Nunnally scored 14 points for the Gauchos and Jaime Serna added 13.

Rice was no stranger to upsets in Santa Barbara. The first former UNLV player to be the team's head coach, he was a reserve guard on Jerry Tarkanian's 1990 national championship team that lost 78-70 to the Gauchos, the Rebels' last defeat before a 45-game winning streak.

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UNLV sophomore Mike Moser, the nation's leading rebounder, scores 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including six treys.  (AP)
UNLV sophomore Mike Moser, the nation's leading rebounder, scores 34 points on 12-of-18 shooting, including six treys. (AP)
UNLV #18 (8-0) «2744131094
Santa Barbara (4-2)284313488
UNLV:M. Moser 34 Pts
UNLV:M. Moser 10 Reb
UNLV:A. Marshall 8 Ast
UCSB:O. Johnson 36 Pts
UCSB:O. Johnson 10 Reb
UCSB:O. Johnson 4 Ast

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UNLVSanta Barbara
Mike Moser
Orlando Johnson
UNLV Rebels
O. Bellfield, G475-110-152311
A. Marshall, G455-113-548213
B. Massamba, F-C381-31-28143
C. Stanback, G-F374-139-1061319
M. Moser, F3612-184-4103534
J. Hawkins, G241-60-03322
K. Wallace, G101-40-01003
C. Lopez, F94-61-22019
Q. Thomas, F40-00-00000
R. Smith, GDid Not Play
B. Jones, GDid Not Play
K. Mashour, G-FDid Not Play
B. Cheaney, GDid Not Play
B. Glenn, CDid Not Play
W. Norman, GDid Not Play
Totals 33-7218-2439182094
Santa Barbara Gauchos
O. Johnson, G-F4711-2411-16104036
J. Nunnally, G-F413-115-584514
J. Serna, F395-53-550413
N. Garth, G211-60-04213
C. Peterson, G211-20-04042
T. Taylor, G294-110-023510
K. Boswell, G211-30-00232
G. Somogyi, C132-40-04034
K. Hornbuckle, F90-10-02000
L. Thomas, G-F92-50-05104
T. Steinhause, GDid Not Play
T. Brown, FDid Not Play
J. Green, GDid Not Play
A. Williams, FDid Not Play
P. Arceneaux, FDid Not Play
S. Moore, G-FDid Not Play
Totals 30-7219-2644162588
Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Boise St.0-04-1142
Air Force0-03-1279
San Diego St0-03-1175
Fresno St.0-03-2194
New Mexico0-02-2330
Colorado St.0-02-3230
San Jose St.0-02-3272
Utah St.0-02-3179

Big West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
UC Davis0-03-1136
Cal Poly0-03-2291
UC Riverside0-02-2129
UC Irvine0-02-3139
CSNorthridge 0-01-4344
Other games
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DUQ 69
FAU 54 Final
Kansas 77
Alcorn St 44 Final
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NC 60
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