Cowboys Edge UNLV

March 3, 2003

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LARAMIE, Wyo. - Donta Richardson scored 22 points and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi added 20 as Wyoming squeaked past UNLV 69-66 on Monday.

Wyoming (20-7 overall, 8-4 Mountain West Conference) led 31-23 at the half and again by eight at 3:49 but the Rebels crept back and stayed in the game off several Cowboy turnovers, including a bad pass with under a minute left that led to a layup by Marcus Banks, putting UNLV within two.

Richardson widened the lead to three after being fouled on the inbounds pass but UNLV (18-9, 7-6) came within one with 31 seconds remaining after Chris McMillian fouled Banks, who led the Rebels with 23 points and made both free throws.

After a Wyoming time out, David Adams was fouled and sank two free throws to put Wyoming up 67-64. But UNLV answered again after Dalron Johnson, who led both teams with 11 rebounds, tipped in a miss by JK Edwards with 11 seconds left.

Richardson was then fouled by Jermaine Lewis. He sealed the win, sinking two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining. Banks turned over the ball on UNLV's final possession.

The Rebels tied the game for the first time since the first half at 7:56 off a basket by JK Edwards, who was fouled by Mory Correa. UNLV rebounded after Edwards missed a free throw but turned the ball over off an offensive foul by Johnson.

Wyoming grabbed the lead again off a driving layup by Richardson at the seven-minute mark. Several UNLV turnovers and scores by Correa and Nsonwu-Amadi put the Cowboys up by eight.

The Rebels shot a paltry 28 percent in the first half but still led the first 7 minutes.

A dunk by Uche Nsonwu-Amadi, who had 10 points and six rebounds in the first half, tied the game at 13 and Richardson put the Cowboys ahead 16-13 with a 3-pointer.

Nsonwu-Amadi left the game at 5:59 in the first after he took an elbow to his left eye while bringing down a rebound. He returned three minutes later, lifting Wyoming out of a scoring drought with a slam dunk off a long pass from David Rottinghaus.

By SARAH COOKE
Associated Press Writer