Nevada (8-8), which won just three Mountain West Conference games all last season, its first in the league, improved to 3-0 in conference clashes with its road win over the rival Rebels. Nevada's win over UNLV was its first against its in-state foe since November of 2005. That was the third year of a four-year span when Nevada went to four-straight NCAA tournaments.
The Wolf Pack trailed 34-23 with 3:10 remaining before halftime when it started its tell-tale spurt. Pack swingman Jerry Evans Jr. got a dunk as the buzzer sounded on the first half. The throw-down capped a modest 11-2 Nevada run to close out the half.
The Wolf Pack wasn't done. It ripped off the first 11 points of the second half. Deonte Burton got a driving layup in traffic to fall, wrapping up the momentum-changing stretch that bridged the first and second halves. Burton's bucket gave the Wolf Pack a 45-36 advantage at the 16:31 mark of the second half.
UNLV (10-6, 1-2) had no defensive answer in trying to slow down Burton. The Wolf Pack point guard finished with a game-high 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting from the floor.
A Burton 3-pointer from the corner with 3:37 remaining in the contest saw Nevada go up by 14, 72-58. It was the Pack's biggest lead of the night.
UNLV, got a 3-pointer to fall as the final horn blared to end the game. That capped a 13-2 Rebels run to end the matchup but the outcome was never really in doubt.
The hosts took an 8-4 lead just over three minutes into the rivalry affair, but Nevada responded with eight straight points to take its first lead and go, 12-8.
UNLV answered with a 16-4 run that saw it grab a 24-16 lead with 7-plus minutes remaining in before the break.
Nevada finished 29-of-65 (44.6 percent) shooting from the field while UNLV managed just a 22-of-63 (34.9 percent) effort. Additionally, Nevada turned the ball over only five times.