No. 12 seed California beats No. 5 UNLV

UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, third from right, shoots UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones, third from right, shoots against California forwards Richard Solomon and David Kravish during the first half of a second-round game in the NCAA college basketball tournament. (March 21, 2013) Photo Credit: AP

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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 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 tie game into a nine-point lead during that stretch and withstood a late UNLV push for its first tournament win since 2009.

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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.

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