Blown layup costs UNLV in loss at Wyoming

UNLV's Lafonte Johnson missed a game tying layup and Lou Kelly missed a subsequent tip-in attempt with time winding down to give the Wyoming Cowboys (17-5 overall, 8-1 Mountain West) a narrow 82-78 victory over the Rebels.

UNLV's Lafonte Johnson missed a game tying layup and Lou Kelly missed a subsequent tip-in attempt with time winding down to give the Wyoming Cowboys (17-5 overall, 8-1 Mountain West) a narrow 82-78 victory over the Rebels.

The Rebels trailed by six points with under a minute left before Marcus Banks scored two quick baskets to cut the Wyoming lead to 80-78. The Rebels then stole the ball near halfcourt and Banks led a two on one fastbreak the other way. Banks hit Lafonte Johnson with a good pass but the sophomore laid it up too hard off the glass and Wyoming rebounded the ball. The Rebels fouled Donta Richardson who converted two free throws for the final margin of victory.

Both teams were sloppy in the first half. The Rebels forced several Wyoming turnovers, but the Cowboys shot above 50% to take a 34-27 lead at the break. The Cowboys outscored the Rebels 13-4 in the last 7 minutes of the first half.

UNLV struck quickly in the second half with a 13-6 run to cut the lead to just one. But Wyoming and Marcus Bailey, who finished with a team high 21 points for the Cowboys, went on a 9-0 run to push the lead to a game high 10 points.

The Rebels battled back to cut the score to two points on a couple of occasions after that point, but they could never retake the lead from the Cowboys.

Marcus Banks led the Rebels with 22 points and Lou Kelly chipped in 20 points with 2-4 three pointers. Dalron Johnson dropped in 17 points and 5 rebounds while Chris Richardson added 11 points. The Rebels were outrebounded 41-28.

Bailey led the Cowboys with 21 points while Donta Richardson and Nsonwu-Amadi added 20 points apiece.

UNLV next plays at Colorado State Monday night.


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