SAN JOSE (AP) — Allen Crabbe had 19 points and nine rebounds, reserve Robert Thurman scored all 12 of his points on dunks and 12th-seeded California held off UNLV, 64-61, on Thursday.
Buoyed by the crowd support of a strong contingent so close to Berkeley, the Golden Bears (21-11) held the Runnin’ Rebels (25-10) without a basket for more than 11 minutes in the second half. Cal turned a tie game into a nine-point lead during that stretch and withstood a late UNLV push for its first tournament win since 2009.
The fifth-seeded Rebels rallied to within a point in the final seconds before missed free throws and a costly inbounds pass sealed the loss.
Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 15 points and Anthony Bennett shook off a poor start to finish with 15 points and 11 rebounds for UNLV, which beat Cal 76-75 in Berkeley on Dec. 9.
Kings get their 19th home win
SACRAMENTO (AP) — Isaiah Thomas had 24 points and six assists, Tyreke Evans scored 11 of his 21 points in the fourth quarter on Thursday night and the Sacramento Kings earned their third straight home win, holding off the slumping Minnesota Timberwolves, 101-98.
The Kings are 6-5 over the last three weeks and their 19 home wins are the most over the previous three seasons.
DeMarcus Cousins had 15 points and 14 rebounds for Sacramento. John Salmons scored 13 and Patrick Patterson added 11.