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Bryce Dejean-Jones scores 23 points to lead UNLV past New Mexico 76-73

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    New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow scores under the basket in front of UNLV's Roscoe Smith in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Eric Draper) (The Associated Press)

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    New Mexico's Alex Kirk dunks (53) in front of UNLV's Kevin Olekaibe in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Eric Draper) (The Associated Press)

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    UNLV's Deville Smith (33) tries to score in front of New Mexico's Alex Kirk in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Eric Draper) (The Associated Press)

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    UNLV's Bryce Dejean-Jones, right, and New Mexico's Hugh Greenwood fight for possession of the ball in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, in Albuquerque, N.M. (AP Photo/Eric Draper) (The Associated Press)

UNLV's Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 23 points Wednesday to lead UNLV to a 76-73 win over New Mexico.

The game turned early when Cameron Bairstow, who finished with 27 points, went to the bench with two fouls and 14:24 remaining. That set up UNLV (11-6, 2-2 Mountain West) for 20-3 run behind two 3-pointers from Kevin Olekaibe, ending with a 28-12 Rebels advantage.

New Mexico (12-4, 3-1) slowly got back in the game, closing to 74-73 with 1:24 left after Bairstow dropped in two foul shots. But with 30 seconds left he missed a baseline jumper with a defender in his face.

Olekaibe then hit two from the line with 26.8 seconds left.

The Lobos' had three chances to tie the game, including a clean look by Cullen Neal on the final play, but the ball hit and rim and bounded away.