Jan 7, 2004
DENVER (AP) - Zeljko Zupic scored a three-pointer and Rodney Billups andErik Benzel made five free throws in the waning seconds as Denver rallied toupset Wyoming 63-62 Tuesday night.
Zupic finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in the 137th meeting betweenthe Front Range teams.
Billups finished with 13 points and six assists, Brett Starkey scored 10with a game-high 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, andCarvell McAlister scored 12 for Denver (8-4).
Denver led 55-53 with 2:27 remaining after McAlister sank a foul shot. With1:43 left, Correa missed two foul shots and Denver answered with athree-pointer by Zupic with one second left on the 35-second shot clock.
Straight cut the lead to 58-55 with two free throws with 52 secondsremaining. Then, with 38 seconds to go, Wyoming intentionally fouled Billupsand he sank both.
Following a tremendous dunk by Correa off Straight's feed, Billups sank oneof two foul shots and Straight responded with a quick driving lay-up against aweak defense to draw within 61-59 with 21.3 seconds left.
Benzel's free throws pushed Denver's lead to 63-59, and Wyoming hit ameaningless three-pointer at the buzzer that left the Cowboys one point short.
Wyoming led 32-26 at halftime as both teams were forced to sit foul-pronepost players. Denver backup center Yemi Nicholson eventually fouled out with4:15 remaining after nine minutes of floor time.