Rebels Use 19-2 Run to Beat Utah by 8.

Freshman Louis Amundson steps up in a big win over Utah. It appears the Runnin' Rebels are finally coming together...

Marcus Banks' steal and subsequent dunk with 16 seconds remaining put an exclamation point on UNLV's second half double digit comeback against the Utah Utes. Banks left the game with six minutes remaining in the first half with a sprained ankle. In his absence, the Rebels were able to tread water before making a spurt to get the game back to a single digit deficit.

Banks re-entered the game with 10 minutes left and the Utes leading 51-44. At the time, the Rebels were in the midst of 19-2 run that would ultimately seal the game for the Rebels.

UNLV took the lead for the first time when Banks connected with a cutting Louis Amundson for a conventional three point play. That play put the score in favor of UNLV at 53-51. UNLV never relinquished the lead.

The Utes, who set a MWC with 17 three pointers the last time these two teams met in Salt Lake City, went eight minutes with only one field goal. They also only connected on 3-17 three pointers through the game.

Freshman Louis Amundson provided UNLV with a gritty effort on the boards and on the blocks. He finished with 12 points and 7 rebounds in 23 minutes. He also helped the Rebels keep the Utes rebounding edge to a minimum.

Darlon Johnson led the Rebels with 17 points and 5 rebounds. Chris Richardson added 11 points and 5 boards.

Britton Johnsen led Utah (17-5, 7-2) with 16 points, while teammate Jeff Johnsen added 11 points. Cameron Koford also chipped in 10 points and eight rebounds for the Utes.

UNLV moved into sole possession of third place in the MWC with the win.

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