PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Two free throws by Mike Hall in the final
seconds of the game handed Brigham Young a 64-61 victory over UNLV
Hall blocked a 3-point attempt by Demetrius Hunter and was
fouled during his scramble to retrieve the ball. The free throws
sealed the Cougars' (13-7, 3-4 MWC) win, snapping their three-game
losing streak, and evened their all-time series with the Runnin
Rebels (12-7, 3-4) at 8-8.
With 41 seconds left in the game, UNLV's leading scorer Odartey
Blankson hit two free throws to give the Rebels a 61-60 lead, their
first lead since the nine-minute mark, when they led 12-11.
But Mark Bigelow countered with two free throws ten seconds
later to give the Cougars the lead for good.
Coming off a 3-for-15 performance last week against Utah, BYU's
Rafael Araujo turned around his shooting, hitting 5 of 7 shots in
the first half, including six points in a key 10-2 BYU run. He
finished with game-highs of 18 points and 13 rebounds.
Luiz Lemes had a career-high 10 assists.
The Rebels committed 21 turnovers, including 15 in the first
half, but had near-perfect free-throw shooting and some key
Blankson, who was 6-6 from the free throw line, led the Rebels
with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Maryland point guard Melo Trimble has withdrawn from the NBA draft and will return to College Park for his junior season, sources told ESPN.
Louisville's Chinanu Onuaku, who recently underwent a medical procedure to correct a heart rhythm issue detected during the combine, will keep his name in the NBA draft pool.
Andrew White III will return to the Nebraska men's basketball team next season after removing his name from the NBA draft.