Nevada spoils Tarkanian's night with win vs. UNLV

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Nevada is growing accustomed to crashing the party.

Marcelus Kemp scored 22 of his 24 points in the second half and Mo Charlo added 18 points as Nevada (No. 22 AP) posted a 68-61 victory over UNLV on Saturday night.

UNLV honored former coach Jerry Tarkanian before the game, naming its court at the Thomas & Mack Center the "Jerry Tarkanian Court."

Nevada, just like it did earlier in the week, prevented the night from being complete for its opponent.

The Wolf Pack (3-0) topped Vermont 77-62 on Wednesday in a similar situation, routing the Catamounts 77-62 after they honored former coach Tom Brennan before the game.

"We didn't really talk much about spoiling anybody's party," Nevada coach Mark Fox said. "It was a great atmosphere, a great game to get a win."

Nevada (3-0) led the entire second half, but UNLV twice cut its deficit to a point, including 57-56 with 5:22 play after a fast-break dunk from Louis Amundson. But Nevada called a timeout and went on a 11-5 run to finish the game.

"It was a good win for us. They played us pretty good, but we stuck it out," Kemp said. "We made big shots towards the end for the win."

The Wolf Pack overcame a six-point performance from scoring leader Nick Fazekas, who came into the game averaging 24 points. Fazekas, who led the Western Athletic Conference in scoring last season, picked up two fouls in the first five minutes and never found a rhythm.

"Nick draws so much attention from defenses that it really opens up the opportunity to take advantage of it on the perimeter," Fox said.

Nevada is in the midst of a four-game road stretch in which it will travel over 6,400 miles in 11 days. The Wolf Pack have games at Kansas and Pacific next week.

"We had a lot of games on the road last year where we found a way to win," Fox said.

Michael Umeh led UNLV (2-1) with 18 points and Amundson added 13. The Rebels struggled from the field, shooting 39 percent and connecting on just 2-of-10 3-pointers.