Ed Catchings scored 21 points Saturday night to power Nevada Las Vegas to an 84-61 Pacific Coast Athletic Assn. victory over Cal State Long Beach in the regular-season finale for both teams.
The Rebels jumped out to a 23-11 lead in the first 10 minutes and coasted to a 41-29 halftime lead.
UNLV ran off six unanswered points to start the second half, and the Rebels expanded their lead to 67-39 with nine minutes remaining before Coach Jerry Tarkanian cleared his bench.
Armon Gilliam added 14 for the Rebels. Darryl Adams had 11 to lead Long Beach, and Darrell Patterson added 10 for the 49ers.
The Rebels, ranked ninth by the Associated Press and 10th by United Press International, will be the No. 1-seeded team in the PCAA tournament, which beings Thursday at the Forum.
The Rebers are 24-3 overall and 17-1 in PCAA play. The 49ers finished regular-season play at 4-23, 2-16.
San Jose State 84, Fresno State 80--George Puou scored five points for in the second overtime period and the Spartans beat the Bulldogs at San Jose.
San Jose had lost its last 10 games against Fresno State. Before beating the Bulldogs for the first time since 1981, San Jose blew a 15-point lead in the second half and a five-point lead in the final minute of the first overtime.
Fresno made 10 three-point field goals, six by Jos Kuipers and four by Mitch Arnold. Kuipers finished with a game-high 29 points.
The second half ended, 60-60, after Brian Salone of Fresno made a field goal with 11 seconds left. Arnold's three-point shot with one second remaining in the first overtime tied the score at 72-72.
Fresno State finished second in the PCAA with a 15-3 record.
Utah State 105, New Mexico State 95--Senior guard Vince Washington scored 23 points and Bill Floyd added 21 as Utah State set a school record for field-goal percentage in a win at Logan, Utah.
Utah State shot 69.5% from the field, eclipsing the old record of 67.3%.