Scores

Final

UNLV 81

(13-11, 5-6 MW)

Colorado State 79

(10-15, 2-10 MW)

    9:00 PM ET, February 21, 2005

    Moby Arena, Fort Collins, Colorado

    1 2 T
    UNLV 31 5081
    CSU 37 4279

    Top Performers

    UNLV: O. Blankson 31 Pts, 12 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl

    Colorado State: M. Nelson 24 Pts, 9 Reb, 1 Ast, 3 Blk

    UNLV 81, Colorado State 79

    FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) -- Odartey Blankson had 31 points and 12 rebounds as UNLV held on to win a season-high fourth straight game with an 81-79 victory over Colorado State Monday night.

    Blankson was 11-for-20 shooting and came within two points of matching a career high in scoring. Romel Beck added 17 points for UNLV (13-11, 5-6 Mountain West Conference).

    Matt Nelson scored 24 points to lead Colorado State (10-15 2-10), which lost for the ninth time in 10 games. Sean Morris, who had 31 points in the teams' first meeting, had 19 points, but missed a chance to tie the game in the final 21 seconds.

    Blankson scored six and Michael Umeh, had 14 points, as UNLV turned a six-point deficit into a 60-51 lead with 11:15 remaining.

    The Rams rallied as Nelson tied it at 64-64 with a basket and free throw.

    UNLV picked up its interior defense on one end and Blankson scored on an inside move and 3-pointer to put the Rebels ahead 77-69 only to have Colorado State get within 79-76 after Jason Smith's basket with 58 seconds left. The Rams had two chances to tie it after two UNLV turnovers, but Nelson lost the ball and Morris later missed a 3-pointer with 21 seconds left.

    Umeh and Jerel Blassingame sealed the game with a free throw each.

    Colorado State led by as much as 13 points, but had its lead cut to 37-31 by halftime as Blankson scored four points in the last minute and 48 seconds.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    UNLV
    CSU
    Points 81 79
    FG Made-Attempted 24-58 (.414) 25-52 (.481)
    3P Made-Attempted 5-15 (.333) 5-16 (.313)
    FT Made-Attempted 28-38 (.737) 24-30 (.800)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 24 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 8 13

    2004-05 Season

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