SAN JOSE, Calif. — Brandon McCoy made 9-of-11 free throws and finished with 23 points and Jordan Johnson hit 5-of-6 free throws in the final 30 seconds of overtime to help UNLV beat San Jose State 82-76 on Wednesday night.
Shakur Juiston had 14 points and Kris Clyburn 13 for UNLV (12-3, 1-1 Mountain West). Johnson finished with 10 points, seven assists and three steals.
Jovan Mooring, who hadn’t attempted a field goal or a free throw since the first half, made 1-of-2 foul shots to open the scoring in overtime and his 3-pointer with 2:10 remaining gave the Runnin’ Rebels a 72-69 lead. Ryan Welage made a layup that pulled San Jose State (3-11, 0-3) within two points with 34 seconds left, but Johnson and Juiston combined to make 7-of-8 free throws from there to seal it.
Welage led the Spartans with 23 points.
San Jose State has lost three in a row and eight of its last nine.
McCoy converted a 3-point play to make it 62-51 with 5:17 left in regulation, but the Runnin’ Rebels missed their final three second-half field-goal attempts — and committed four turnovers — as SJSU used a 15-3 run, including eight points by Welage, to take a one-point lead after Noah Baumann hit a 3 with 25 seconds left.
Cheikh Mbacke Diong hit 1 of 2 from the free-throw line to force overtime.
The Rebels, who lost both games against SJSU last season, lead the all-time series 36-6.