March 3, 2001
LAS VEGAS (AP) - Senior Trevor Diggs scored a career-high 49 points as UNLVupset first-place Wyoming 106-102 in a Mountain West Conference game onSaturday night.
Diggs point total was the highest in the two-year history of the MountainWest Conference and helped the Runnin' Rebels break a three-game losing streakin their final game of the season.
Because of NCAA sanctions, the Runnin' Rebels (7-7, 16-13) will not competein the conference tournament, which begins Thursday at the Thomas & MackCenter.
Kaspars Kambala added 21 points for UNLV and Danny Brotherson scored 20 andgrabbed 11 rebounds.
Wyoming (10-4, 19-8), which finished in a tri-conference championship alongwith Utah and BYU, was led by Marcus Bailey's 34 points. Uche Nsonwu-Amadiadded 21 points, Josh Davis scored 14 and Ronell Mingo 13.
Wyoming, which could have claimed the conference title outright with thevictory, led 95-94 with 2:42 remaining. Diggs hit one of two free throws to tiethe game at 95 and then hit a 3-pointer to give UNLV a three-point lead with1:28 left.
Chris McMillian made one of two free throws to bring the Cowboys back towithin two, but UNLV's Donovan Stewart hit a free throw and Brotherson addedtwo more to give the Runnin' Rebels a 101-96 lead.
Wyoming cut the lead to 101-98 after Bailey hit two free throws. In thefinal seconds, Diggs hit four free throws to keep a four-point cushion.
The win was likely the final victory at UNLV for interim coach Max Good, whoreplaced Bill Bayno midway through the season. Good finished the season at13-9.