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March 10, 2005
UNLV advanced to the semifinals for the fifth straight year and improved to a league-best 10-3 in MWC Tournament games. The Rebels will face No. 1 seed Utah in a rematch of last year's championship game at 7 p.m. Friday (ESPN+Plus). The Rebels have won two of three meetings vs. the Utes in MWC Tournament play with both wins coming in the semifinals (2002, 2003).
UNLV has never lost a first-round MWC Tournament game. The Rebels and the Utes are the only teams in the MWC to never lose a quarterfinal game.
Wyoming's 63 points vs. UNLV are an all-time low for the Cowboys in MWC Tournament play (previous low was 66 points in a loss to BYU in the 2001 tournament). The Cowboys have lost three straight MWC Tournament quarterfinal games and are 3-6 all-time in the MWC Tournament.
UNLV's Ricky Morgan was 18-of-19 from the free throw line in the second half, setting the MWC Tournament single-game record for makes and attempts (he hit 18 straight after missing his first attempt). Morgan's prior season-high for free throw attempts was seven vs. Wyoming Jan. 24.
As a team, UNLV did not shoot a free throw in the first half, but hit 23-of-29 from the charity stripe in the second stanza.
Wyoming's Alex Dunn recorded his sixth double-double this season and 10th of his career with 10 points and 15 rebounds. The 15 boards are an MWC Tournament senior record, breaking the mark of 14 set last year by BYU's Rafael Araujo (vs. Wyoming).
Michael Umeh scored the first 14 UNLV points of the game, including 4-of-5 from beyond the arc, tying the MWC sophomore Tournament record for made treys. Umeh also scored the final six UNLV points of the half, bringing him just two points shy of his career-high 22 points (vs. SDSU Feb. 12) with 20 points in 17 first-half minutes (8-of-11 shooting). He did not score a field goal in the second half.
Umeh shot 80-percent from the field in the first nine minutes of the game, while the teams were a combined 8-of-22 (.364) from the field in that span (UNLV 4-of-11, Wyoming 4-of-11). In the two regular season meetings vs. the Cowboys, Umeh was just 3-of-11 from the field with eight points, including 1-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Not including Umeh, UNLV was 0-for-11 from the field until the 8:51 mark of the half when Justin Villepigue hit a layup.
Dion Sherrell scored all of his team-high 18 points in the second half for the Cowboys. Sherrell has scored double figures in nine of his last 10 games, including six straight outings.
Jay Straight had five assists vs. UNLV, bringing his season total to 148 assists, third-best in Wyoming single-season history. Straight is the MWC all-time assist leader with 453.
Justin Williams recorded his 81st block of the season, upping his MWC single season record. Williams has registered at least one block in 23 straight games and 26-of-28 games overall this season.
Odartey Blankson scored a combined 39 points vs. Wyoming in two regular season meetings, but started today's game 0-for-7 from the field. He scored his first two points of the game at 13:08 of the second half on free throws and hit his first field goal at 9:21 to give the Rebels their largest lead of the game at 43-34. Blankson finished the game with five points, while recording his 11th double figure rebounding game of the year with 10 boards.
Both teams shot season-lows for field goal percentage in today's game: UNLV 33.9 percent (20-of-59); Wyoming 32.3 percent (21-of-65).
Today's 7,603 attendance ranks third all-time in MWC Tournament history for session one (top five listed below):
||March 13, 2003 (Las Vegas)
||March 7, 2002 (Las Vegas)
||March 10, 2005 (Denver)
||March 11, 2004 (Denver)
||March 9, 2000 (Las Vegas)