UNLV 76, Wyoming 62


LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) -- UNLV came in looking to shut down Wyoming's
hot-shooting David Adams. The Rebels ended up shutting down just
about every Cowboy en route to a 76-62 win Saturday.

In Mountain West Conference play, Adams had made 10 of 15 from
the 3-point line and was averaging 15 points. Against the Rebels,
he was 1 of 3 from the arc and finished with 10 points.

"He lit us up last year, and we went into the game knowing that
if we helped off him we're going to have to get (back on him) very
quickly because he can really shoot it," UNLV coach Charlie
Spoonhour said.

Adams agreed the Rebels' game plan worked.

"After my first couple 3s, I really tried to make an effort to
drive the ball because they were really flying at me," he said.
"So I was trying to drive it to the hole and make something happen
for other people."

But the other Cowboys couldn't deliver and UW finished at 38
percent shooting to the Rebels' 48 percent.

Defensively, the Cowboys weren't into it mentally, Adams said.

"You don't match the intensity of the other team, they're just
going to run over you," he said.

Ordartey Blankson scored 15 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and
J.K. Edwards had 14 points and 10 boards to lead UNLV, which never
trailed. James Peters and Romel Beck added 11 and 10 points,
respectively for the Rebels (10-5, 1-2 MWC).

Jay Straight led Wyoming (8-9, 1-3) with 14 points but was 5 of
16 from the floor, including 0-for-7 from the arc. Joe Ries added
10 points and 10 rebounds.

Edwards scored 10 points in the first nine minutes on an array
of short and long jumpers, helping Vegas break from a 4-4 tie to a
24-12 lead.

"Coach has been telling me all week to score, score, because we
need more points in the paint," he said. "I just (tried to)
outrun people and tried to score as much as I can, and basically
everything fell for me."

The margin reached 40-26 after three straight turnovers by the
Cowboys before UNLV settled for a 40-31 halftime lead.

UNLV built its biggest lead, 51-35, on a steal and dunk by Louis
Amundson with 16:37 remaining.

The Cowboys went on a 12-2 roll to draw within 53-47 on a free
throw by Alex Dunn with 9:21 left, but the Rebels jumped back up by
10 on a 3-pointer by Beck and foul shot by Blankson over the next
54 seconds.

Beck's layup with 6:19 remaining boosted the Rebels' lead to
62-50 and Wyoming never got closer than seven down the stretch.

The Rebels knew that if they let the Cowboys get close, it would
be tough to regain momentum, Edwards said.

"They get the crowd behind them, this is a tough place to try
to chase from behind because of the (thin) air," he said. "You
really have to work as hard as you can. We just basically tried to
keep the lead so we could run our pace instead of get into that
frenetic game that they play."

Beck's 3-pointer that put the Rebels up 56-47 with 9:01 left was
a backbreaker. Until then, the crowd had been taunting him for a
first-half air ball.

"The team has got great confidence in me and the coaches said
if you've got a wide-open shot, crack it, and I've got faith in my
shot and I stepped up and hit a big shot," he said.

The Cowboys were coming off two strong road games but came out

"I think we might have kind of taken that for granted, being at
home and we came out really flat in the first half," Ries said.
"I don't think we matched their physicalness enough tonight."

Late in the first half, Adams drew Wyoming within 34-26 on a
3-pointer, but then the Cowboys turned the ball over three straight
times and fell behind 40-26 on Blankson's high-arcing hook with
1:27 left.

The Cowboys sank only 2 of 18 3-pointers (11 percent).

"Of all the 18 3's we took, I'd say three of them were bad and
the rest were wide-open looks," Wyoming coach Steve McClain said.
"It was one of those nights where they don't go down, but we
created that early with our lack of defensive intensity and that
made us soft on both the offensive and defensive ends."

Wyoming big man Mory Correa went down with a sprained ankle with
3:50 left in the first half and finished with three points and five
rebounds. Without his inside presence, UNLV easily won the rebound
battle 42-33.

Correa will be X-rayed, and his status was unknown for Monday's
home game against San Diego State.

UNLV visits Colorado State on Monday.