Berkeley, CA (Sports Network) - Quintrell Thomas made the game-winning basket with 1.2 seconds on the clock, as No. 21 UNLV escaped Haas Pavilion with a 76-75 victory over California in an exciting non-conference battle.
The lead changed hands three times in the final 29 seconds, with two Justin Cobbs free throws giving the Bears a 75-74 lead with 11.4 seconds to go.
UNLV's Anthony Marshall then dribbled down the court and threw up a contested shot from the foul line that fell well short. But Thomas fought for the airball between two defenders and laid one in while being fouled with just over a second left.
Thomas missed the free throw intentionally, and Cal was unable to get off a quality shot to clinch the Runnin' Rebels' fifth straight win.
The outcome came at a cost for UNLV (7-1), which lost its leading rebounder and second-leading scorer Mike Moser to a dislocated elbow early on.
Anthony Bennett continued his fantastic freshman campaign with 25 points and 14 rebounds, while Bryce Dejean-Jones, less than a week after going 0-for-9 from the floor in a win at Portland, netted 22 points for the victors.
Allen Crabbe scored 18 points to lead the Golden Bears (6-2), who have lost two straight following a 6-0 start.