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Friday, March 12, 2010
Final: UNLV 73, Utah 61

By Diamond Leung

LAS VEGAS -- The four NCAA tournament hopefuls in the Mountain West Conference all took care of business Thursday.

New Mexico, BYU and San Diego State scratched out wins against the lower seeds, and in the nightcap, UNLV made itself look good by strutting to a 12-point win against defending tournament champion Utah.

Tre'Von Willis and Anthony Marshall scored 13 points each to lead the Rebels, who picked up their 24th win. Marshall also had 12 rebounds and five assists.

UNLV moves on to face BYU tomorrow in one semifinal with New Mexico and San Diego State playing in the other.

"When you come here, you learn this is a rivalry game," Willis said of BYU. "It's definitely going to be a fight tomorrow."

Tournament organizers couldn't have drawn this up any better, all four teams have opportunities to shine tomorrow, with the selection committee somewhere out there paying attention.