College football: UNLV's putback off air ball beats Cal
Berkeley, Calif. • Quintrell Thomas grabbed Anthony Marshall's air ball under the basket and scored on a short hook shot with 1.2 seconds remaining to lift No. 21 UNLV to a 76-75 win over California on Sunday.
The Runnin' Rebels led for most of the second half but trailed 75-74 following two free throws by Cal's Justin Cobbs with 11.9 seconds left. Marshall then rushed a long jumper that Thomas alertly grabbed and flipped in. Thomas was fouled on the play but missed the free throw. Justin Hawkins then blocked a 3-point attempt by Cobbs from midcourt as the buzzer sounded.
Anthony Bennett had career-highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds while leading UNLV (7-1) to its sixth straight win. Bryce Dejean-Jones added a career-best 22 points.
Allen Crabbe scored 18 for California.
The Rebels weren't sharp offensively early and trailed most of the first half. They made up for it by dominating the boards despite losing leading rebounder Mike Moser to injury less than five minutes into the game. Moser, who missed UNLV's previous game against Portland with a hip injury, crashed to the floor during a scramble for a loose ball and had to leave Sunday's game.
No. 16 Creighton 77, Akron 61 • In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott scored 30 points for Creighton, which broke away late in the first half. McDermott, who made a career-high six 3-pointers, also had 30 points against Wisconsin last month for the Bluejays (9-1).