UNLV was facing the highest ranked team at the Thomas & Mack Center since 1998, and with the win, snapped Arizona's 39-game regular-season, non-conference win streak. Arizona began the season with 12 consecutive wins.
The Rebels were able to outrebound the Wildcats by 16, including 14 offensive rebounds that turned into 19 second-chance points. Patrick McCaw had a key steal late in the game, that lead to a pair of free throws from Stanley Johnson to seal the game.
Johnson ended the game with a double-double of 13 points and 13 rebounds. T.J. McConnell finished with 14 points and 7 rebounds for Arizona. Wood and Vaughn finished a combined 19-for-37 for the Rebels.
The Rebels have faced tough teams early on, going 1-3 in the Pac-12, with losses to Stanford, Arizona State, and No. 14 Utah. They will face No. 10 Kansas next week. After a 13-point loss to Utah, UNLV was 12 1/2 point underdogs, double-digit underdogs for the first time since 1995. The Rebels will host Southern Utah on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Wildcats are expected to fall in the rankings next week, but have a lengthy break before hosting Arizona State on January 4th.