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Updated: Sunday, December 22, 2002 3:59 AM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
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(21) Stanford 77, UNLV 66
STANFORD CARDINAL
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LAS VEGAS (Ticker) -- Justin Davis scored 17 of his 21 points in the second half as 17th-ranked Stanford squandered a 10-point halftime lead before pulling away for a 77-66 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.

A basket by Rob Little gave Stanford a 40-30 lead just over a minute into the second half. But UNLV (6-2) turned up the defense and held the Cardinal to one field goal over the next 4 1/2 minutes.

A layup by Marcus Banks forged a 43-43 tie with 14:36 remaining, but Davis and Matt Lottich fueled a decisive 14-4 spurt for Stanford (7-3). Davis started it with a three-point play and made a basket between 3-pointers by Lottich, who scored nine points.

Lottich's second 3-pointer gave the Cardinal a 57-47 cushion and UNLV got no closer than eight points thereafter.

Davis made 8-of-14 shots from the field and also grabbed 16 rebounds while Josh Childress contributed 21 points and 11 boards. Stanford's starting frontcourt outscored its UNLV counterpart, 48-28, and helped secure the 500th coaching victory for Mike Montgomery.

Marcus Banks led all scorers with 27 points for the Runnin' Rebels (6-2), who suffered their first loss in five home games this season.

UNLV shot just 30 percent (10-of-33) from the field in the first half and trailed, 38-28.

The Runnin' Rebels went more than seven minutes without a basket and fell behind, 24-8, on a layup by Rob Little with 9:59 to go before halftime.

UNLV committed just six turnovers but was outrebounded, 54-27, and shot 39 percent (25-of-64).

Stanford connected at 45 percent (29-of-64), making 7-of-19 3-pointers.


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