Rebels Hold Off Utes In Double Overtime, 97-94
Jan. 4, 2007
LAS VEGAS (AP) -UNLV's Kevin Kruger had a game-high-tying 25 points to lead the Rebels to their 10th straight win, a 97-94 double-overtime victory over conference rival Utah on Wednesday night in both team's MWC opener.
Wendell White broke a 94-94 tie with 15 seconds to play, coming up with a steal and going the length of the court for a contested lay-in. Following a Utah miss, Kruger hit 1-of-2 foul shots and Utah's Shaun Green missed a 3-pointer on the game's last play.
The Rebels (14-2, 1-0) scored on three of their first four possessions of the first overtime, capped by a Kruger's second 3-pointer of the session with 2:22 to play. That gave UNLV an 87-79 lead, but Utah went on a 9-0 run to force a second overtime.
The game featured 15 ties and 14 lead changes.
Trailing 79-77, Utah freshman Stephen Weigh was fouled attempting a desperation 35-footer as time expired in regulation.
After officials upheld the call, play was delayed for roughly five minutes when an usher at the Thomas & Mack Center was hit with an object from the stands. The usher walked under his own power to the locker room, with a towel pressed to the left side of his head.
When play resumed, Weigh missed his first free-throw attempt but sank the next two to force the overtime. He finished with 16 points.
White recorded a double-double with 24 points and a team-high 12 rebounds, while Wink Adams added 23 points for the Rebels, including a 3-pointer with 58.1 seconds to play in regulation that broke a 76-76 tie.
Green finished with 25 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Utah (5-9, 0-1). It was the Utes third-straight loss.