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Final

UNLV 82

(6-5, 2-3 away)

(15) Texas 89

(10-2, 7-0 home)

    8:00 PM ET, January 2, 2005

    Frank Erwin Center, Austin, Texas

    1 2 T
    UNLV 34 4882
    #15TEX 40 4989

    Top Performers

    UNLV: J. Blassingame 17 Pts, 2 Reb, 7 Ast, 3 Stl

    Texas: P. Tucker 25 Pts, 10 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl

    Tucker's 25 points, 10 boards buoy Texas

    AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas forward P.J. Tucker and his teammates came alive just in time to escape upset-minded UNLV.

    The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Tucker was too much for the Runnin' Rebels to handle late in the Longhorns' 89-82 victory on Sunday night.

    Tucker finished with 25 points, 14 in the second half, and 10 rebounds to help offset UNLVs hot 3-point shooting.

    "P.J. Tucker is the kind of player that's going to fight and claw every possession," first-year UNLV coach Lon Kruger said. "He does everything he can to make his team better."

    Texas (10-2) finally shook off pesky UNLV (6-5) late in the second half. The Longhorns (No. 12 ESPN/USA Today; No. 15 AP) trailed 67-65 with 5:50 to play after UNLV guard Michael Umeh nailed a 3-pointer from the left wing, one of seven the Runnin' Rebels made in the half. But Texas went on a 12-1 run to take control.

    Tucker's three-point play followed by his powerful defensive rebound and no-look pass to LaMarcus Aldridge for a layup gave the Longhorns a 72-67 lead with 4:20 left. After Brad Buckman hit two free throws for Texas, Daniel Gibson passed to Jason Klotz for a fastbreak layup to give the Longhorns a 77-68 lead with 2:01 to play.

    Romel Beck and Jerel Blassingame each had 17 points for UNLV.

    UNLV trailed 48-40 early in the second half, but two 3-pointers by Blassingame and another shot from behind the arc by Beck within a 90-second span helped the Runnin' Rebels go on a 10-0 run to grab a 50-48 lead with 13:30 to play.

    Beck hit consecutive 3-pointers to give UNLV an 18-13 lead, its largest of the first half.

    Tucker then started to take over inside, scoring 11 points, and Kenny Taylor hit a 3-pointer from the right wing to help the Longhorns end the half on a 15-7 run and take a 40-34 lead.

    Texas coach Rick Barnes lauded Tucker's impressive play in the paint.

    "P.J. Tucker finds a lot of different ways to score," Barnes said. "I think we wore them down tonight."

    Tucker drew praise from his teammates as well.

    "He's just like Charles Barkley was," Klotz said. "He gets the ball and goes so hard to the basket. I'm always glad when he gets the ball down low."

    Tucker scored 20 points for the third time in the last four games. He had been averaging 13.1 points and 8.7 rebounds. It was also the fourth time in the last five games Tucker has recorded a double-double.

    Buckman and Klotz each added 14 points for Texas.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNLV
    TEX
    Points 82 89
    FG Made-Attempted 30-71 (.423) 29-56 (.518)
    3P Made-Attempted 12-33 (.364) 5-19 (.263)
    FT Made-Attempted 10-15 (.667) 26-36 (.722)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 27 (0/0) 16 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 6 10

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