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BYU 64, UNLV 61

2/7/2004

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
Saturday.

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
3-pointers.

Blankson, who was 6-6 from the free throw line, led the Rebels
with 15 points and 12 rebounds.