Denver Escapes With 63-62 Win Over Cowboys
Jan 7, 2004
DENVER (AP) - Zeljko Zupic scored a three-pointer and Rodney Billups and Erik Benzel made five free throws in the waning seconds as Denver rallied to upset Wyoming 63-62 Tuesday night.
Zupic finished with 16 points and nine rebounds in the 137th meeting between the Front Range teams.
Billups finished with 13 points and six assists, Brett Starkey scored 10 with a game-high 14 rebounds for his third double-double of the season, and Carvell McAlister scored 12 for Denver (8-4).
Denver led 55-53 with 2:27 remaining after McAlister sank a foul shot. With 1:43 left, Correa missed two foul shots and Denver answered with a three-pointer by Zupic with one second left on the 35-second shot clock.
Straight cut the lead to 58-55 with two free throws with 52 seconds remaining. Then, with 38 seconds to go, Wyoming intentionally fouled Billups and he sank both.
Following a tremendous dunk by Correa off Straight's feed, Billups sank one
of two foul shots and Straight responded with a quick driving lay-up against a
weak defense to draw within 61-59 with 21.3 seconds left.
Benzel's free throws pushed Denver's lead to 63-59, and Wyoming hit a meaningless three-pointer at the buzzer that left the Cowboys one point short.
Wyoming led 32-26 at halftime as both teams were forced to sit foul-prone post players. Denver backup center Yemi Nicholson eventually fouled out with 4:15 remaining after nine minutes of floor time.