Amundson, 8-for-16 shooting, broke a 72-72 tie with a driving
layup with 54 seconds left for UNLV (14-10, 8-4 Mountain West
Conference), then converted four free throw attempts after Colorado
State missed shots.
The Rebels ended a two-game losing streak and beat Colorado
State (13-12, 2-10) for the sixth straight time. They dominate the
Jason Smith, who scored Colorado State's last points with a
jumper with a minute and six seconds left, led the Rams with 24
points and 12 rebounds. Michael Harrison had 16 points and Freddy
Robinson had 14 points for the Rams, who attempted to put together
back-to-back wins for the first time since Dec. 28 and 30.
Colorado State did make a game of it after Amundson's short
jumper put UNLV ahead 49-37 five minutes into the second half. The
Rams picked up the tempo, forcing four turnovers and Harrison put
them up 64-63 with 5:57 remaining.
But Adams, who had 17 of his points after halftime, had a
3-pointer and converted two free throws to give the Rebels the
lead, 72-70. Smith tied it at 72 with a soft jumper with 2:21 left,
but Colorado State never scored again, missing its last four shots.
UNLV led 39-31 at the half, but not before eight lead changes
and a layup by Jason Smith had the game tied at 19-19. Amundson
scored seven of the next nine points to put the Rebels ahead 28-21
and then Curtis Terry connected on two jumpers late in the half to
make it 39-29.