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Anthony Marshall leads UNLV over No. 15 San Diego State on the road

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UNLV notched one of its biggest win of the season on the road Wednesday night, using 20 points, nine rebounds, and five assists from guard Anthony Marshall to secure an 82-75 victory over San Diego State at Viejas Arena in San Diego, Calif.

Coach Dave Rice decision to use a smaller lineup down the stretch for UNLV, opting to sit forwards Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett in favor of a more guard-oriented set, proved to be key.

Moser, after scoring nine points in the first half, was a non-factor in the second half. He did not score in the second half, which forced the scoring to the Rebel backcourt, mainly Marshall.

Freshman Katin Reinhardt added nine points and guard Bryce Dejean-Jones had 14.

With Moser and Bennett on the bench, transfer Khem Birch had to shoulder the responsibilities on the interior and he responded. He had 12 points and four rebounds, three of which came on the offensive glass.

His offensive rebound and put-back layup with 0:25 remaining extended the UNLV lead to two possessions and ultimately sealed the road win.

But Wednesday night was often a game of runs.

After pushing the lead to as much as 10 points with 16:47 remaining in the second half, San Diego State ripped off a 12-0 to grab the lead by three.

In that run, the Aztecs got the ball to the rim and converted, while the UNLV offense stalled and was unable finish at the basket.

Marshall’s 20 points kept UNLV afloat on Wednesday night, including a number of gutsy drives to the basket and points in key situations. His five points over a two-minute stretch extended the UNLV lead to three with 4:08 to play, 73-70.

Jamaal Franklin was stellar for San Diego State, scoring 27 points. The Aztecs as a team shot just 38.8 percent from the floor.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

VIDEO: Monmouth hits a game-winner, Bench Mob member tries to disrobe

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Monmouth used a 17-2 run in the final minutes to beat Rider on Friday night, a win that will keep the Hawks within striking distance of the kind of an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament should they fall in the MAAC tourney.

The run was capped by star point guard Justin Robinson, who buried this three with three seconds left to put Monmouth up for good, 79-78:

No. 17 Arizona erases double-digit deficit to beat UCLA

Arizona coach Sean Miller reacts to a foul call during the first half of Arizona's NCAA college basketball game against UCLA, Friday, Feb 12, 2016, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
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Allonzo Trier scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half and Parker Jackson-Cartwright scored 16 points in his second career start as No. 17 Arizona knocked off UCLA, 81-75, in Tucson on Friday night.

UCLA was up by as much as 11 points in the first half and took a ten point lead into half time, but in the second half, the Bruins were eventually done in by foul trouble and the stronger front line of the Wildcats.

Ryan Anderson and Kaleb Tarczewski were dominant down the stretch. The duo combined to score 12 of the last 23 point for the Wildcats, including the bucket that put the Wildcats ahead for the first time since early in the first half. Off of a missed free throw, UCLA’s Thomas Welsh battled with Tarczewski for the rebound, but when Welsh finally seemed to gain control of the loose ball, Anderson knocked it out of his hands and bullied through Jonah Bolden for a layup.

All told, those two combined for 20 points and 27 boards, seven of which were offensive. They also managed to foul out both Welsh and Tony Parker, although some of the calls that went against UCLA down the stretch were questionable.

The win keeps Arizona within a game of first place Oregon in the Pac-12 standings and tied for second with No. 23 USC, who will be visiting the McKale Center on Sunday night.