No. 15 Oregon suffers first setback
LAS VEGAS — Ike Nwamu scored 19 points to lead UNLV to an 80-69 win over No. 15 Oregon on Friday night.
Jerome Seagers added 16 points as the Runnin' Rebels defeated a Top 25 team for the second time this season. They beat then-No. 13 Indiana in Maui on Nov. 25.
Patrick McCaw had 14 points for UNLV, and 7-foot freshman Stephen Zimmerman Jr. had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Ben Carter scored 10 points.
Zimmerman picked an ideal time for his first field goal of the second half, helping the Rebels end a near-10 minute drought from the floor.
The Ducks closed to 59-54 before Carter made two free throws, Zimmerman connected on a jump shot and McCaw made a layup to restore UNLV's double-digit lead.
Oregon, which was held scoreless over the final 3:31, was led by Dwayne Benjamin's 21 points.
The Rebels controlled the tempo from the opening tip, burying three straight 3-pointers to open a 9-2 lead. UNLV used runs of 13-5, 10-0 and 7-0 to hold off the Ducks throughout the first half.
Oregon: G Tyler Dorsey took a nasty spill with 9:53 left. His right leg split one way, and his left knee buckled beneath him. He had to be helped from the court, but then returned with 5:05 remaining. There was no immediate report on his injury.
UNLV: McCaw, the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, was 5 for 10 from the floor.
Oregon: Plays Navy on Monday.
UNLV: Visits Wichita State on Wednesday.