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
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
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.