LAS VEGAS - Junior guard Josh Adams scored 24 points, but the University of Wyoming men's basketball team dropped a 69-57 game at UNLV on Saturday night. The Pokes (21-8, 10-6 MW) were within three with eight minutes left, but the Rebels (16-13, 7-9 MW) responded with a 10-0 run to beat the Cowboys for the 14th-straight time in the Thomas & Mack Center.
Wyoming trailed by 10 points midway through the second half, but cut it to three at 52-49 with 7:47 left. That would be as close as the Cowboys could get, though, as the Rebels responded with a 10-0 run over the next three minutes to put the lead to 13 with four minutes remaining. The Pokes would dip the lead into single digits at several points down the stretch, but UNLV always had an answer.
Adams' third 20-point effort in the last four games came on eight field goals, as he tied a career high with four triples. He has scored in double figures in six-straight games. Senior forward Derek Cooke Jr. added 10 points and seven rebounds, while senior forward Larry Nance Jr. and senior guard Riley Grabau had nine points apiece. Grabau hit three triples for a second-straight game and Nance added nine rebounds against the Rebels.
Wyoming shot just 39 percent (20-of-52) from the field and 41 percent (9-of-22) from deep compared to 48 percent (23-of-48) and 58 percent (11-of-19), respectively, for UNLV. The Rebels earned a 33-28 advantage on the boards and 15-5 in points off turnovers.
The Cowboys held an advantage the first 10 minutes of the game thanks to four threes from Grabau and Adams in the early going and were by five with just over eight minutes left in the half. The Rebels would close the half on a 16-4 run, though, to go into halftime up 32-25. Adams scored nine points in the first half, while Grabau added six of his own. Nance had six points as well and six rebounds.
Wyoming returns to Laramie for Senior Night against Utah State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT.