Rebels come together, win at SDSU in OT.

Spoonhour finally finds his rotation and coaches his best game of the season, as UNLV gets a much needed win as SDSU in front of 11,000+ fans.

Freshman forward Louis Amundson calmly stepped to the free thow line and sank the first of two free throws with 2.4 seconds remaining in overtime to give the Rebels a much needed victory.

With 11.1 seconds remaining, Al Faux, the Mountain West Conference scoring leader, had a chance to put the Aztecs ahead for the first time in the overtime period. Faux connected on the first to tie the game, but missed on his second attempted. Jevon Banks raced the ball upcourt and found a wide open Amundson under the basket. Tony Bland fouled Amundson, sending him to the line for the game winner. A half court desperation shot by Bland clanked off the iron to end the game.

UNLV led by as many as 15 points in the second half before the Aztecs mounted a comeback. Things looked bleak for the Rebels when starting point guard Marcus Banks fouled out with 2:45 remaining. The Rebels held a three point lead at the time.

The Aztecs managed to tie the game in regulation at 69 when Tony Bland scored on a baseline drive with 27 seconds remaining. Vince Booker missed a last second shot to send the game into overtime.

Without Banks, the Rebels relied heavily on backup Jevon Banks, who played a solid all around game. Banks scored a career high 13 points and was active on the defensive end with four steals.

The Rebels scored the first seven points in overtime, five from the free throw line. Dalron Johnson added a left handed jump hook to give the Rebels a 76-69 lead with 3:50 seconds remaining.

Both teams only had one field goal in the overtime session.

San Diego State led early, but the Rebels used a 19-2 run over a 9 minute stretch to gain the advantage. The Rebels led 35-28 at the break.

Lou Kelly led five Rebels in double figure scoring with 21 points. Dalron Johnson chipped in 14 points before fouling out in overtime. Jevon and Marcus Banks both went for 13 points and Chris Richardson added 10 points and a game high 9 rebounds.

The win brings the Rebels to even in the MWC standings at 3-3. On the season, the Rebels moved to 10-7. UNLV next hosts Depaul in a nonconference affair in a rare Sunday afternoon meeting at the Thomas and Mack Center.


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