The Wolf Pack got 14 points each from Deonte Burton and Jerry Evans but it wasn't nearly enough as the Rebels breezed to a 66-54 Mountain West victory at Thomas & Mack Center.
The Rebels led for the final 34 minutes of the game and never allowed the Pack to make a run in the second half in beating their in-state rival for the seventh consecutive time. The last time the Wolf Pack has beaten the Rebels was Nov. 26, 2005 (68-61 at Las Vegas).
The Wolf Pack has now lost five of its last seven games to fall to 11-9 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West. UNLV improved to 17-4, 4-2.
The Wolf Pack had a few brief leads in the first seven minutes of the game. Kevin Panzer drained a 3-pointer for a 5-4 lead with 16:39 to go, Burton had a lay-up for a 9-7 lead with 14:42 to go and a Burton jumper gave the Pack its final lead at 11-10 with 13:26 left in the first half.
The Pack, though, stayed close throughout the first half.
Evans had a 3-pointer to cut the Rebels' lead to 24-20 with 5:21 to go, Malik Story hit a 3-pointer to slice the Rebels' lead to 28-25 with 3:11 to go and a pair of free throws by Cole Huff brought the Pack to within 28-27 with 2:25 left.
UNLV led 34-27 at halftime.
Evans hit a pair of shots to twice cut UNLV's lead to just five early in the second half (34-29 and 36-31). But the closest the Pack would get the rest of the way was seven (59-52) after a free throw by Story with four minutes to play.
Story was 2-of-9 from the field and finished with nine points. Huff and Panzer finished with five each. Jordan Burris scored his only three points on a 3-pointer that cut UNLV's lead to 57-49 with 6:29 to play.
Khem Birch led UNLV with 14 points and three steals. Anthony Bennett finished with 13 points and nine rebounds. Bryce Dejean-Jones had 11 and Anthony Marshall finished with eight points and six assists.
Burton had a game-high seven assists.
UNLV, which will play the Pack at Lawlor Events Center on March 2, out-rebounded the Wolf Pack 44-28. Burris and Story each had four turnovers as the Pack turned the ball over 16 times.
The Wolf Pack will play at New Mexico on Saturday.