February 28, 1999
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Ugo Udezue scored 14 of his 20 points in the secondhalf as Wyoming held off UNLV 79-76 Saturday night.
Despite the loss, UNLV (16-11 overall, 9-5 WAC) will be the No. 1 seed inthe WAC Tournament. Wyoming (17-9, 7-7) was eliminated from the post-seasontournament because Colorado State beat Air Force earlier Saturday to clinch thefinal Mountain Division spot.
Wyoming never trailed against UNLV.
In fact, the Pokes led by as many as 16 points in the first half, taking a43-30 halftime lead. UNLV committed 13 turnovers in the half.
But the Runnin' Rebels opened the second half with a 14-4 run over the first5:40. Kevin Simmons led the comeback with 6 points.
UNLV cut the lead down to 65-63 with 6:30 left, but Wyoming scored 9straight points for a 74-63 advantage at the 4:24 mark.
UNLV made another charge in the last 4 minutes, pulling within 78-76 with1:26 to go.
Josh Davis, who led Wyoming with 21 points, hit a free throw with 11 secondsleft for a 3-point cushion. UNLV had two chances to tie the game in the finalseconds, but both missed.
Anthony Blakes added 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Pokes, who shot 42percent from the field (29-of-69).
Shawn Marion led UNLV with 24 points and 14 rebounds. Simmons finished with17 points and 13 rebounds.
UNLV shot 39 percent from the field (24-62).