March 11, 2015

LAS VEGAS (AP) Christian Wood scored 28 points on 9-of-13 shooting to help seventh-seeded UNLV beat No. 10 seed Nevada 67-46 in the opening round of the Mountain West Conference tournament on Wednesday.

Jordan Cornish added 13 points, including three 3-pointers, for UNLV (18-14), which will play second-seeded San Diego State in the quarterfinals Friday.

The Runnin' Rebels used a 12-3 run to close the first half and led 27-17 at the break.

Eric Cooper Jr.'s 3-pointer with 10:24 remaining pulled Nevada (9-22) within three, but the Wolf Pack would get no closer.

Jelan Kendrick and Cornish hit back-to-back 3-pointers and Wood scored six points during a 15-1 spurt that gave UNLV a 63-45 advantage with 90 seconds to play.

Cooper led Nevada, which shot a season-low 28.8 percent (15 of 52) from the field, with 10 points. AJ West had 18 rebounds, including 12 offensive, and became the MWC single-season leader in both categories.

Nevada coach David Carter was fired after the game following losing records in four of the last five seasons.

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