Runnin' Rebels Victorious In MWC Opener|
Jan. 4, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Louis Amundson scored 20 points, leading UNLV to an 88-77 victory over Wyoming in the teams' first game of Mountain West Conference play Wednesday night.
The Runnin' Rebels were strong from the free-throw line in the second half, making 14 of 16 attempts, including 10 of 12 in the final three minutes. Amundson had his best night of the season from the line, hitting eight of 10 free throws in the game.
The Cowboys went on a 15-6 run capped by a Derek Wabbington dunk that brought them within 63-60 with 7:22 left, but that was the closest they would get.
Wyoming was led by Brandon Ewing with 17 points. Kevin Lewis and Steve Leven each scored 14, and Derek Wabbington added 13 points and 11 rebounds.
Wyoming's Justin Williams, who ranks second in the nation in blocked shots per game, had six blocks for the Cowboys.
Amundson scored eight straight points as UNLV went on a 14-2 run early in the second half, going up 57-45 with 14:42 to play.
UNLV shot better than 50 percent from the field in the first half, but the Cowboys kept the game close, tying the score four times in the period. A 7-2 run, highlighted by four points from Wabbington, was Wyoming's biggest of the half and evened the score at 26 with 5:16 to go.
UNLV's Darger hit four of four from the field, including two 3-pointers, in the first half. His final 3-point basket of the period put the Runnin' Rebels up 41-36 at halftime.