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Updated: Saturday, December 13, 2003 11:32 PM EST
NCAA BASKETBALL RECAP
(13) Stanford 86, UNLV 71

PALO ALTO, California (Ticker) -- Nevada-Las Vegas must be happy it saw the last of Justin Davis.

Davis used near-perfect shooting to score 21 points as No. 13 Stanford remained unbeaten with an 86-71 victory over Nevada-Las Vegas.

Stanford (5-0) used a huge game from Davis in posting its second victory in as many years over UNLV. Davis scored 21 points and grabbed 16 rebounds in last year's triumph in Las Vegas, coach Mike Montgomery's 500th career win.

Davis, a 6-9 senior forward, may have been even better in the rematch. He made his first nine shots before missing his final attempt and finished with 10 rebounds.

"I thought this was a pretty good team win, especially after the team had to go through finals this week," Stanford coach Mike Montgomery said. "Everybody on the bench gave us a good lift."

The Cardinal won despite playing without their two top players, Josh Childress and Chris Hernandez. Childress, the team's leading returning scorer, has yet to see action due to a stress reaction in his left foot, while Hernandez, who is averaging 14.0 points, sat out with back spasms.

Even without its stars, Stanford had no trouble dominating by exploiting its advantage inside with Davis and Rob Little. The Cardinal held a 38-18 edge on the glass.

Stanford employed Jason Haas, who had six points and five assists, at point guard in place of Hernandez. But Haas was effective at the defensive end, holding Runnin' Rebels point guard Jerel Blassingame to eight points on 3-of-9 shooting.

"We'll have to wait and see about Chris Hernandez," Montgomery said. "But I thought Jason Haas seized the opportunity and played well."

Blassingame and Odartey Blankson each fouled for UNLV (5-2), which had a four-game winning streak snapped. The Rebels had been 2-0 against Pac-10 Conference foes, beating California and Southern California.

Ronald Beck led UNLV with 17 points and J.K. Edwards, making his season debut after serving a six-game suspension, chipped in 12.

It was Stanford's first home game since a 77-59 victory over Sacramento State in the season opener on November 22.


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