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UNLV Defeats UCSB in Double Overtime

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. (AP) -- Mike Moser scored 34 points and Chace Stanback had all 19 of his after halftime as No. 18 UNLV beat UC Santa Barbara 94-88 in double overtime Wednesday night.

The Runnin' Rebels (8-0) won their first game as a Top 25 team. They were coming off a 90-80 victory over then-No. 1 North Carolina.

Moser came into the game as the nation's leading rebounder, but he did most of the damage against UCSB from behind the arc. He made six 3-pointers, including five in the second half. The sophomore forward, whose previous career-high was 23 points, had 10 rebounds.

Orlando Johnson led the Gauchos (4-2) with 36 points and 10 rebounds. It was second consecutive overtime defeat for UCSB, which lost 76-75 to San Diego State in its previous game.

Cowboys, Cowgirls Descend on Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS --  The National Finals Rodeo is just one of the events this weekend attracting thousands of people to Las Vegas.

Along with the cowboys and cowgirls, the animals help make the annual sporting event a major attraction for visitors. There will be 119 contestants vying for more than $6 million in prize money but it's the four-legged athletes who are often the stars.

National Finals Rodeo Events

"The animals are the show. The contestants work hard all year but these animals, I hate to tell you, that's what people come to see. Once the pens open, it's game on," said John Barns, NFR livestock superintendent.

Big Win Lifts Spirits at UNLV

LAS VEGAS -- The UNLV Runnin' Rebels took down the No. 1 ranked team in the nation Saturday night. The big win against the North Carolina Tarheels has the campus buzzing with excitement. It also has people talking about what it could mean for the future of the Athletic Department.

Students say the vibe on campus was different Monday. Everyone was wearing scarlet and gray and talking about the big game.

"Everyone is in a better mood. It is really cool because usually it is not like that. Spirits are lifted. Everyone is wearing UNLV gear and that never happens," UNLV junior Jaxon Markworth said.

UNLV Senior Athletic Director, D.J. Allen, says their phones have been ringing non-stop.  He says people do not just want one or two tickets. They are asking for season tickets. Allen also says the huge win will certainly help in recruiting and not just players.

Runnin' Rebels Join Top 25 in College Hoops

LAS VEGAS (AP) – UNLV joined the Associated Press Top 25 at No. 18 on Monday after upsetting top-ranked North Carolina over the weekend.

Kentucky is back at No. the college basketball poll for the first time since the 2009-10 season. Saint Louis is back in the Top 25 for the first time since 1993-94.

The Wildcats (6-0) replaced North Carolina, which had been No. 1 since the preseason poll, on Monday, receiving 46 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel. The Tar Heels (5-1) dropped to fifth following their 90-80 loss to UNLV in the Saturday championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Ohio State (6-0) moved up from third to second and had 17 first-place votes, while Duke (7-0), which won the EA Sports Maui Invitational, jumped from sixth to third and had the other two No. 1 votes.

Syracuse, North Carolina, Louisville, Baylor, Connecticut, Wisconsin and Florida rounded out the top 10.

Grief Center Offers Free Counseling

LAS VEGAS -- The holiday season can be stressful and it's worse for people who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

One woman is now able to celebrate the holidays after the loss of her young son and she credits a local organization for helping her begin to heal and move forward.

"Usually, he's on my mind as soon as I open my eyes," said Vanessa Jurewicz, who is slowing adjusting to life after the death of her young son, Vincent.

Immense feelings of grief are often accompanies by guilt.

"There are days when I'm OK and then at the end of the day I feel guilty that I got through the day, because I feel it's wrong to not be thinking of him," Jurewicz said.

Victim was Murder Suspect's Ex-Boyfriend

LAS VEGAS -- Murder suspect Tracy Kaufmann told Metro Police he shot ex-boyfriend Phillip Wells dozens of times early Monday morning at Wells' workplace.
Kaufmann, 50, told police he traveled from Tennessee to Las Vegas nearly a week ago because he was angry with Wells for having "taken advantage of him." The suspect admitted firing dozens of shots into Wells, beginning at the bar of The Garage, where Wells worked, and continuing into a back room where the victim fled. Kaufmann repeatedly shot Wells while the victim laid on the ground, emptying a magazine, then reloading and continuing to fire at Wells. The victim died at the scene, but no one else was injured.

Police Make Arrest in Bartender's Murder

LAS VEGAS -- Metro Police have arrested a suspect in connection with the murder of a bartender.

Homicide detectives arrested Tracy Kaufmann, 50, of Knoxville, Tennessee. The shooting happened early Monday morning at The Garage bar.

Metro Police tell 8 News NOW, the shooting was not the result of a robbery. They are currently looking into other motives. Friends and the bar's owners have confirmed, the victim is Phil Wells.

The Garage is a gay bar and the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community is shocked but pulling together for someone many knew. Candles and flowers lay near one of the entrances to the bar.

"Phll is an amazing soul. He'll give the shirt off his back to you. Always had a smile on his face and he would never do anything to hurt anybody. This is completely out of the blue," friend Brandon Busche said.