Second-Half Rally Falls Short For ASU

March 12, 2002

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Dalron Johnson scored 26 points to lead UNLV to a 96-91victory over Arizona State in a first-round game of the National InvitationalTournament on Tuesday night.

Marcus Banks added 23 points, and Lou Kelly scored 19 for the Rebels(21-10).

Awvee Storey led Arizona State (14-15) with 29 points. Curtis Millage added21 points and Jason Braxton 17. Chad Prewitt finished with 16 rebounds.

UNLV shot 13-for-14 from the line in the last 2 minutes to hold off acomeback bid by the Sun Devils, who rallied from a 14-point deficit in thesecond half.

Arizona State closed within 83-81 with 1:25 remaining.

Johnson scored and, after Prewitt misfired on a 3-point attempt, made a pairof free throws to give the Rebels an 87-81 lead with 1:05 remaining.

Millage made a layup, cutting Arizona State's deficit to 87-83. Johnson madetwo free throws with 30.6 seconds left to restore a six-point lead.

Arizona State got no closer than three points the rest of the way.

UNLV shot 53 percent (32-of-60) from the field and 82.8 percent (24-of-29)from the line.

Arizona State shot 34-for-76 from the field (44.7 percent) and 2-for-12 from3-point range.

UNLV will next play the winner of Wednesday's game between South Carolinaand Virginia.

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