Feb. 6, 2001
By MEAD GRUVER
Associated Press Writer
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Dalron Johnson made a last-second 3-pointer to pushUNLV past Wyoming 80-78 on Monday.
The upset ended the Cowboys' six-game Mountain West Conference winningstreak and eight-game - and more than year-old - streak at theArena-Auditorium.
The teams slugged it out in the final three minutes. Wyoming (15-5, 6-2conference) gained a 74-73 lead with 2:37 left on six unanswered pointsfollowed by a basket by Joe Ries.
The Rebels (13-9, 4-3 conference) regained the lead twice more, the secondtime on a rebounded-in field goal by Johnson with 30 seconds left.
Marcus Bailey put Wyoming ahead 78-77 with eight seconds left, then Johnsonmade the 3-pointer with barely more than a second left.
Johnson finished with 20 points to lead UNLV, followed by 19 from KasparsKambala, 13 by Sylvester Dotson and 11 from Trevor Diggs.
Josh Davis led the Cowboys with 28 points. Bailey added 21.
UNLV led most of the second half, gaining a 53-51 advantage before wideningthe gap to 70-60 with 8:30 left.
The Cowboys entered the second half ahead 42-40 after Chris McMillian madetwo free throws and snapped the tie.
In the last couple minutes of the first half, Wyoming scrambled ahead 34-32on a basket by Bailey. Then two field goals by Diggs and one by Kambala gaveUNLV a 38-34 lead with 4:00 on the clock.
Wyoming dominated early on, leading by as much as 21-14, but three basketsby Dotson and one by Lou Kelly put the Rebels in the game with a 25-24 lead.