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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, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_

Louisville’s Rick Pitino on allegations: ‘We will get through this’

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Louisville coach Rick Pitino remains defiant that his program will survive the allegations in a book by an escort alleging that former Cardinals staffer Andre McGee hired her and other dancers to strip and have sex with recruits and players.

Pitino said Tuesday that the Cardinals “will get through this the right way.”

The coach told a packed room at a tipoff luncheon that he understands the motivation behind Katina Powell’s book “Breaking Cardinal Rules: Basketball and the Escort Queen,” but questions the need for the alleged activities given the talent his program has produced.

Pitino added, “We will find out the truth, whatever it may be, and those responsible will pay the price.”

Georgia Tech lands Class of 2016 guard

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Georgia Tech picked up its third Class of 2016 commitment on Tuesday as the Yellow Jackets landed a pledged from three-star guard Josh Okogie.

The 6-foot-4 guard is considered the No. 143 overall prospect in the national Class of 2016 rankings and Okogie played with a very talented Team CP3 in the Nike EYBL. In 22 games this spring and summer, Okogie averaged 10.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.6 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field.

Okogie joins three-star wing Christian Matthews and four-star big man Romello White in head coach Brian Gregory’s Class of 2016 at Georgia Tech. The group is definitely a solid influx of talent with some coming from successful grassroots programs.