UNLV (9-7, 2-2) rode a trio of 3-pointers from Jerel Blassingame
to end the first half with an 18-4 run and take a 49-30 halftime
Wyoming (10-8, 2-3) held the Rebels to just seven points over
the first nine minutes of the second half to close the lead to
54-42. The Cowboys continued to chip away at the lead and trailed
by only eight with 10 minutes to play before forward Dustin
Villepigue hit consecutive baskets to help put UNLV up 68-51 with
six minutes left.
The Rebels were hampered in the second half when Blassingame saw
only limited action because of a sprained right ankle.
Wyoming's Jay Straight capitalized on Blassingame's absence,
scoring 14 of his game-high 21 points in the second half.
Villepigue and Blassingame each finished with 12 points for the
Rebels, while Andy Hannan had 10. Straight was the only Wyoming
scorer in double figures.