Last-Second Shot Dooms Bears, 73-72

Dec. 1, 2004

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AP Sports Writer

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) - Seldom-used senior Andy Hannan hit a short jumperwith 0.4 seconds left to lift UNLV to a thrilling 73-72 victory over Californiaon Wednesday night.

Marquise Kately's jumper in the paint with 13.9 seconds remaining put Calahead, and the Golden Bears seemed to have a victory in hand when UNLV's JerelBlassingame was called for a charge on the other end with 7.7 seconds to play.

But after Cal inbounded the ball under the Runnin' Rebels' basket, RichardMidgley traveled and gave UNLV the ball back with 2.7 seconds to go and Hannancame up huge.

Romel Beck scored 21 points for UNLV (2-1), while Odartey Blankson added 16points and five rebounds.

Rod Benson scored a career-high 22 points and added eight rebounds for theBears (3-2), who used a furious comeback over the final 10 minutes to erase a14-point second-half deficit. Cal ultimately couldn't overcome costly mistakesand poor free-throw shooting (13-for-25).

Midgley finished with 12 points, five rebounds and five assists, but alsocommitted eight of Cal's 17 turnovers. Kately also had 12 points as Cal kickedoff a three-game homestand with a loss.

First-year UNLV coach Lon Kruger and his team began a four-game trip byplaying at Cal for the first time. The Runnin' Rebels beat the Bears in theprevious two meetings between the schools in Las Vegas.

Cal is down to only eight healthy scholarship players after losing startingpoint guard Ayinde Ubaka to a broken left foot in an 82-63 win over Southernlast week. He is expected to be sidelined until mid-January.

Cal is already without reigning Pac-10 Freshman of the Year Leon Powe, whois expected to miss the season as he recovers from reconstructive knee surgery.

UNLV's crisp ball movement led to many dunks and open jumpers in the firsthalf, but the Runnin' Rebels made only three of their first 10 3-point tries.

Michael Umeh scored seven straight points for UNLV during one first-halfstretch, but Benson scored six straight points with a dunk during an 8-0 Calrun that turned a 28-21 deficit into a brief 29-28 lead.

UNLV led 38-32 at halftime thanks to two late 3s by Beck.