UNLV Gets Past Houston 83-73|
Dec. 20, 2005
Trailing by 20 points, Houston made things interesting late, going on a 13-0 run and cutting its deficit to 69-62 with 3:54 to play.
But UNLV (4-5) didn't miss a free throw in the final three minutes and hung on for its second straight win.
The two teams combined for 55 fouls and UNLV was in the double bonus with 14:25 to play.
The Rebels made 10 of 10 from the line over the final 2:58, taking advantage of 31 Houston fouls. They converted 29 of 44 foul shots in the game.
Oliver Lafayette led Houston (4-3) with 18 points and Lanny Smith added 17.
UNLV closed the first half with a 19-7 run, using a pair of 3-pointers from Petrimoulx and a crowd-inspiring dunk from Terry to break a 24-all tie and pull away over the final 5:33 of the half.
The Rebels jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead, but the Cougars went on a 16-4 run to take a five-point lead with 13:42 to play in the first half.