LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 19 and UNLV nearly surrendered a double-digit second half lead, then rallied for a 78-70 victory over Colorado State on Wednesday night.
UNLV held a 12-point lead with 12:34 left. That's when Colorado State went on a 15-4 run, highlighted by back-to-back 3-pointers by J.J. Avila and Jon Octeus.
The Rams mounted the comeback without Daniel Bejarano, who picked up his fourth foul midway through the half. Bejarano entered the game with under 7 minutes left and missed his next four attempts.
UNLV scored the next nine points to pull away.
Kevin Olekaibe added 15 for UNLV (18-10, 9-6 Mountain West) and Deville Smith had 12. Avila led Colorado State (15-14, 6-10) with 22 points. Bejarano added 21 and Octeus 17.
The Rebels led 41-31 at halftime after scoring 18 points in the paint and making six 3-pointers.