LAS VEGAS (AP) Rayvonte Rice scored a career-high 25 points, including the winning layup with 27 seconds left to lead Illinois past UNLV 61-59 on Tuesday night.
Rice, a redshirt junior, also had a career high 10 rebounds to lead Illinois (6-0), which has not lost in its last 25 November games.
UNLV had a chance to win, but Kevin Olekaibe's desperation 3-pointer from the right corner rattled off the rim for the Rebels (2-3), who were held scoreless in the final 4:16.
Texas downs DePaul
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Texas coach Rick Barnes had noticed the way Cameron Ridley, all 6-foot-9 and 285 pounds of him, had been hustling up and down the floor at the Sprint Center.
It was time that the big fella's guards started to reward him.
"Cam works so hard, and what he does in transition is really important," Barnes said, "so I told the guys at some point we need to get him the ball."
Once they did, Ridley proved to be unstoppable. He finished with 19 points Tuesday night while leading the Longhorns to a 77-59 rout of DePaul in the consolation game of the CBE Classic.
UIC can't keep up with high-flying Louisiana Tech
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Raheem Appleby had 26 points in just 19 minutes Tuesday night to lead Louisiana Tech over Illinois-Chicago 103-78 in the semifinals of the Gulf Coast Showcase.
Chris Anderson added 21 points and Cordarius Johnson had 18 for the Bulldogs (4-1) which never trailed, led 60-36 at halftime and held the Flames at a comfortable distance throughout the second half.
Pat Birt had 11 points and Jordan Harks had 10 for the Flames (2-4) to lead six different scorers with at least eight points.
SIU rolls over Stetson
ESTERO, Fla. (AP) Anthony Beane scored 20 points as Southern Illinois beat Stetson 67-48 in the Gulf Coast Showcase on Tuesday.
Jalen Pendleton had 12 for Southern Illinois (2-4) and the Salukis leading scorer, Desmar Jackson (23 ppg), was held to 2-of-11 shooting and finished with 10 points. Bola Olaniyan pulled down 11 rebounds, as the Salukis held a 41-21 advantage on the glass. Southern Illinois went to the free throw line 15 more times than Stetson.
Aaron Graham led the way for Stetson (0-7) with 17 points, but made just two of his eight 3-point attempts. Raymone Andrews chipped in with 12. The Hatters shot 30.9 percent from the field and did not make a field goal for the first 7 minutes after halftime. Just over 5 minutes later, Stetson had four baskets in the second half and trailed 49-37.