FRESNO — Senior guard Marvelle Harris scored seven of his season-high 37 points in the second overtime to lead Fresno State to a wild 111-104 Mountain West Conference victory over UNLV on Saturday at the Save Mart Center.
Harris, the preseason Mountain West Player of the Year, connected on 13-of-27 shots, including 5-of-10 from 3-point range, and also had nine rebounds, seven assists and three steals in 49 minutes of action. Senior guard Julien Lewis scored 18 points, junior forward Cullen Russo finished with a career-high 17 points and 11 rebounds and sophomore center Terrell Carter II added 14 points and eight rebounds for Fresno State (15-8, 6-4 MW), which swept the regular season series with the Runnin’ Rebels for just the second time in school history.
Sophomore guard Patrick McCaw had career highs of 28 points and 16 rebounds to lead UNLV (13-11, 4-7) which lost its third straight game. Senior guard Ike Nwamu finished with 27 points, including 5-of-10 3-pointers, while sophomore guard Jordan Cornish added 16 points and forwards Dwayne Morgan and Derrick Jones Jr. each had 14 points for the Rebels, who lost despite finishing with a 60-51 rebounding edge and a 25-11 advantage in second chance points.
UNLV, which lost prize 7-foot freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. midway through the first half to a sprained left knee, rallied from a 17-point second half deficit behind the 3-point shooting of Nwamu, who sank five treys in a span of a little over five minutes, to take a 86-84 lead. But Harris forced overtime with a driving layup that tied it with 34 seconds left in regulation.
UNLV led by as many three points in the first overtime before Lewis forced a second overtime with a jumper. Lewis started the second overtime by sinking another 18-footer to give Fresno State the lead for good, sparking a 10-2 spurt by the Bulldogs that including a momentum changing 3-pointer by Harris.
Rebel interim head coach Todd Simon said he was unsure if Zimmerman would undergo an MRI for the injury which occurred when Zimmerman and Carter got their legs tangled fighting for a rebound. Zimmerman walked out of the locker room afterward with a slight limp but the injury didn’t appear to be nearly as serious as the torn ACL suffered by teammate Ben Carter in a Jan. 30 loss to San Diego State.
UNLV returns home to host San Jose State on Wednesday night at 7 p.m.