UNLV Defeats Utah On The Road, 71-59|
Jan. 21, 2006
Petrimoulx made five 3-pointers as the Rebels built an 18-point lead before withstanding a Ute comeback. It was the worst home conference loss for Utah since an 87-73 defeat to Brigham Young in 1992.
The Utes played without senior forward Bryant Markson, their leading scorer (14.1 points per game), due to a violation of team rules related to alleged campus parking violations.
The Rebels (10-7, 4-1) built their lead to 58-40 on Jo van Adams' driving layup with 7:42 remaining.
Over the next six minutes, the Utes went on a 13-2 run, capped by Shaun Green's steal and basket to draw within 60-53.
Ricky Morgan, who had not scored all game, sank eight free throws in the last 1:33 to clinch the game for UNLV.
Johnny Bryant and Luke Nevill each scored 12 points for Utah. Coach Ray Giacoletti got so disgusted with the starters early in the second half that he replaced all five at once.
The Rebels, who out-rebounded the Utes 38-29, snapped a seven-game road skid to Utah and have now won six games in their last seven.
The Utes started the game sluggish on offense without Markson and fell behind 9-2. The Rebels never trailed and led 35-28 at halftime on the strength of Amundson's 14 points in the period.
Utah (8-9, 1-5) has lost five games in a row and is 0-8 this season when allowing 69 or more points. The last time the Utes lost five games in a row was in the 1983-84 season.