Justin Hawkins had 15 points, including a pair of 3-pointers in a second-half rally that put No. 21 UNLV in front, and the Runnin' Rebels defeated tenacious Portland 68-60 on Tuesday night.
Playing their first game on the road this season, the Runnin' Rebels (6-1) were without top rebounder Mike Moser, who sat out with a hip injury. Anthony Bennett had 18 points and Anthony Marshall added 16 for UNLV.
Ryan Nicholas had 15 points and 19 rebounds for the Pilots (3-5), who led 28-22 at halftime and extended the lead to nine points early in the second half.
UNLV took charge with a 12-0 run that included a jumper, a free throw and consecutive 3-pointers from Hawkins for a 56-47 lead.