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Smith and Birch have double-doubles as UNLV wins season opener vs. Portland State 67-48

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    UNLV guard Kendall Smith (15) puts up a three-point shot against Portland State guard Marcus Hall (15) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. UNLV won 67-48. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    UNLV guard Kendall Smith (15) puts up a three-point shot against Portland State guard Marcus Hall (15) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. UNLV won 67-48. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    UNLV guard Khem Birch (2) blocks a shot against Portland State forward Aaron Moore (21) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. UNLV won 67-48. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    UNLV guard Khem Birch (2) grabs a rebound against Portland State center Brandon Cataldo (44) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. UNLV won 67-48. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

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    Portland State guard Tim Douglas (11) drives to the basket against UNLV guard Khem Birch (2) in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) (The Associated Press)

Roscoe Smith and Khem Birch both had double-doubles Friday night to lead UNLV to a 67-48 win over Portland State in their season opener.

Smith scored 16 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels and Birch finished with 12 points and 17 rebounds.

Kevin Olekaibe, who finished with 14 points, hit the first 3-pointer 1:18 into the game to push UNLV's NCAA-record streak to 876 games with at least one 3-pointer. Olekaibe transferred to UNLV from Fresno State last spring to be closer to his father, who is in hospice care, and was granted a waiver earlier this week by the NCAA to play immediately.

Tim Douglas led the Vikings with 18 points. Brandon Cataldo finished with 10 rebounds and nine points.

Portland State and struggled from behind the arc, finishing 0 for 7.

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