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Smith scores 17 points and career-high 22 rebounds to lift UNLV over Omaha 73-70

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    UNLV guard Kevin Olekaibe, right, and Omaha guard C.J. Carter chase a loose ball during their NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Sam Morris) LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL OUTThe Associated Press

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    Omaha guard Justin Simmons, center, drives between UNLV forward Jamal Aytes, left, and guard Kendall Smith during their NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Sam Morris) LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL OUTThe Associated Press

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    Omaha guard Devin Patterson (3) and UNLV forward Roscoe Smith reach for a rebound during their NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Sam Morris) LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL OUTThe Associated Press

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    Getty Images photographer Ethan Miller, left, and Las Vegas Review Journal photographer John Locher react as UNLV forward Roscoe Smith runs out of bounds during their NCAA college basketball game against Omaha, Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Sam Morris) LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL OUTThe Associated Press

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    Omaha guard C.J. Carter, left, and UNLV guard Kendall Smith chase a loose ball during their NCAA college basketball game on Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Las Vegas Sun, Sam Morris) LAS VEGAS REVIEW JOURNAL OUTThe Associated Press

Khem Birch's put-back score with 12 seconds left, and his block with just five seconds remaining, lifted UNLV over Nebraska Omaha 73-70 on Friday night.

Birch, who had 9 points and 10 rebounds and broke a 70-70 tie with 12 seconds remaining, blocked a potential tying layup by CJ Carter, who had an open lane on the left side after a timeout.

Bryce Dejean-Jones led UNLV (2-1) with 19 points and eight rebounds. Dejean-Jones missed the jumper that set up Birch's putback.

Roscoe Smith added 17 points and a career-high 22 rebounds for the Rebels, who had 21 turnovers.

Devin Patterson led the Mavericks (2-2) with 17 points, while John Karhoff added 15. Carter, who had 13 points for Omaha, missed a potential tying 3-pointer from the top right arc with :01 left.

The Rebels, coming off a disappointing 86-65 loss to UC Santa Barbara on Tuesday, never trailed.