UNLV downs Minnesota in SoCal Challenge final

Four UNLV players scored in double figures Wednesday night as the Rebels remained unbeaten with a 71-62 defeat of Minnesota in the championship game of the SoCal Challenge in San Juan Capistrano, Calif.Keshon Gilbert scored 17 points for the Rebels (6-0), while EJ Harkless netted 16. Luis Rodriguez added 15 points and nine rebounds, and reserve Jackie Johnson III tallied 13 points.UNLV led by as many as 22 points with just over seven minutes left, giving it more than enough cushion to survive a sloppy finish that saw it leak missed free throws and turnovers.Jamison Battle scored 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds for the Golden Gophers (4-2), who sank 36.8 percent of their field-goal tries and were only 9 of 31 (29 percent) on 3-point attempts. Dawson Garcia and reserve Braeden Carrington each added 15 points.The Rebels’ defense forced just 17 turnovers, almost seven under their per-game average, but affected Minnesota throughout the night. UNLV also battled the taller Gophers to a 44-44 tie on the boards, grabbing 15 offensive rebounds and turning them into 16 points.The Rebels led for all but 2:09 of the game.

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