LAS VEGAS (AP) — Jalen Harris scored 29 points, grabbed 14 rebounds and dished five assists and Nevada defeated rival UNLV for the sixth straight time, pulling out an 82-79 win in overtime on Wednesday night.
Harris made the first of two free throws with 3.8 seconds left but Elijah Mitrou-Long’s shot from well behind the 3-point line bounced off the backboard as time expired.
After Harris, the leading scorer in the Mountain West Conference, hit the go-ahead jumper with 1:21 to play, Bryce Hamilton missed on two possessions for the Runnin’ Rebels. It was Hamilton’s jumper with 27 seconds to go that tied it in regulation and the game went to overtime after he rebounded Harris’ last-second miss.
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It was UNLV’s program record sixth overtime game this season.
Harris’ overtime miss at the free throw line made him 11 of 15 from the foul line where the Wolf Pack were just 18 of 28 (64%). However, UNLV was worse, making 12 of 25.
Jazz Johnson added 19 points and Nisr Zouzoua 12 for Nevada (16-10, 9-5 Mountain West Conference).
Hamilton led the Runnin’ Rebels (12-14, 7-6) with 23 points. Amauri Hardy and Jonah Antonio added 14 apiece.
Nevada plays at New Mexico on Tuesday; UNLV plays the Lobos on the road on Saturday.