Morehead center Billy Reader, right, shoots against UNLV forward Christian Wood during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Nov. 14, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
John Locher
November 15, 2014

LAS VEGAS (AP) Rashad Vaughn scored 26 on Friday night, and UNLV held off Morehead State in the final seconds for a 60-59 victory in the season opener for both teams.

Vaughn's 3-pointer with 1:06 left put the Rebels in the lead for good at 60-57, but Angelo Warner made a pair of free throw to pull the Eagles within one.

Morehead State forced a shot clock violation to get the ball back with 11 seconds left. But Warner missed on his go-ahead attempt and Chris Wood secured the rebound and the win.

Vaughn also grabbed seven rebounds in his collegiate debut and Christian Wood had 12 points and 12 rebounds.

Warner had 21 points to lead the Eagles, who took the lead late in the first half and extended to 44-33 early in the second.

Wood's free throws put the Rebels up 49-47 with 8:31 remaining and UNLV never trailed again.

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