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January 22, 2011

Williams missed free throw to force overtime in loss

LAS VEGAS - Tre'Von Willis made a steal and go-ahead free throws with 27 seconds left and UNLV survived a frantic final few seconds Saturday to defeat New Mexico 63-62.

The Rebels (14-6, 3-3 Mountain West) trailed 61-60 when Willis intercepted Tony Snell's pass and was intentionally fouled. Willis made the two free throws, and Oscar Bellfield made 1 of 2 free throws with 18 seconds left to make it 63-61.

New Mexico (13-7, 1-4) then turned the ball over with 2.9 seconds remaining, but Kendall Williams stole the ensuing inbounds pass and was fouled in the act of shooting with 1.1 seconds left. After making the first, Williams missed the second and UNLV survived.

Chace Stanback had 20 points and nine rebounds to lead UNLV, while Bellfield added 13 points and five assists.

Dairese Gary led New Mexico (13-7, 1-4) with 15 points, while Williams had 11. Drew Gordon had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

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