LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Kevin Kruger scored 25 points to lead UNLV past
Utah 97-94 in double overtime Wednesday night, opening the Mountain
West Conference season with the Rebels' 10th straight victory.
Wendell White broke a 94-94 tie with 15 seconds to play, coming
up with a steal and going the length of the court for a contested
lay-in. Following a Utah miss, Kruger hit 1-of-2 foul shots and
Utah's Shaun Green missed a 3-pointer on the game's last play.
The Rebels (14-2, 1-0 Mountain West) scored on three of their
first four possessions of the first overtime, capped by a Kruger's
second 3-pointer of the session with 2:22 to play. That gave UNLV
an 87-79 lead, but Utah went on a 9-0 run to force a second
The game featured 15 ties and 14 lead changes.
Trailing 79-77, Utah freshman Stephen Weigh was fouled
attempting a desperation 35-footer as time expired in regulation.
After officials upheld the call, play was delayed for roughly
five minutes when an usher at the Thomas & Mack Center was hit with
an object from the stands. The usher walked under his own power to
the locker room, with a towel pressed to the left side of his head.
When play resumed, Weigh missed his first free-throw attempt but
sank the next two to force the overtime. He finished with 16
Wink Adams added 23 points for the Rebels, including a 3-pointer
with 58.1 seconds to play in regulation that broke a 76-76 tie.
Green finished with 25 points for Utah (5-9, 0-1). It was the
Utes third-straight loss.