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NCAA Tournament: No. 12 Cal 64, No. 5 UNLV 61
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San Jose, Calif. • Allen Crabbe had 19 points and nine rebounds, reserve Robert Thurman scored all 12 of his points on dunks and 12th-seeded California held off fifth-seeded UNLV 64-61 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday.

Buoyed by the crowd support of a strong contingent so close to Berkeley, the Golden Bears (21-11) held the Runnin' Rebels (25-10) without a basket for more than 11 minutes in the second half. Cal turned a tied game into a nine-point lead during that stretch and withstood a late UNLV push for its first tournament win since 2009.

The Rebels rallied to within a point in the final seconds before missed free throws and a costly inbounds pass sealed the loss.

Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 15 points, and Anthony Bennett shook off a poor start to finish with 15 points and 11 rebounds for UNLV, which beat Cal 76-75 in Berkeley on Dec. 9. —

NCAA Tournament • UNLV went more than 11 minutes without a basket in the second half.
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