Rebels Fend Off Lobos In Overtime, 76-72
Jan. 27, 2007
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Wink Adams scored a game-high and career-high-tying 27 points, including four free throws in the final seconds of overtime, to lift UNLV over New Mexico 76-72 in a Mountain West Conference game Saturday night.
With it 72-72 in the closing seconds of overtime, Adams was fouled while driving the lane with 3.1 seconds left. After he made both free throws, New Mexico turned it over on the inbound pass.
Adams grabbed it and was fouled with 1.2 seconds left. He sealed the win with two more free throws.
Wendell White scored 16 for the Rebels (18-4, 5-2 Mountain West), all in the second half and overtime.
Adams was 10-of-12 from the free-throw line and 5-of-13 from 3-point range. White was 6-of-9 from the field with eight rebounds. The Rebels have now won 10 straight at home and four in a row overall.
Chad Toppert led New Mexico (12-10, 1-6) with 17 points as the Lobos dropped seven of their last eight, and are 0-7 on the road. Darren Prentice added 16 points for the Lobos, while Jamal Smith had 15 points.
In overtime, UNLV scored the first four points, but the Lobos later cut it 72-71 on a Tony Danridge (14 points, 5 rebounds) field goal with 48 seconds left.
After a Rebel turnover, New Mexicos Ryan Kersten was fouled with 12 seconds left. He made one of two free throws, setting up Adams' dramatics.
Except for two brief one-point Rebel leads, the Lobos led for most of the second half.
The Rebels from the field shot 24-of-51 for 47 percent, while the Lobos were 25-of-59 for 42 percent.
From the free-throw line, UNLV was 18-of-27 for 67 percent, while New Mexico was 12-of-16 for 75 percent.
The attendance was 17,056, which was the largest UNLV regular season home crowd since Dec. 27, 1997 against UCLA (17,490).