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Wyoming holds off UNLV

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Donta Richardson scored 22 points and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi added 20 as Wyoming squeaked past UNLV 69-66 on Monday.

Wyoming (20-7 overall, 8-4 Mountain West Conference) led 31-23 at the half and again by eight at 3:49 but the Rebels crept back and stayed in the game off several Cowboy turnovers, including a bad pass with under a minute left that led to a layup by Marcus Banks, putting UNLV within two.

Richardson widened the lead to three after being fouled on the inbounds pass but UNLV (18-9, 7-6) came within one with 31 seconds remaining after Chris McMillian fouled Banks, who led the Rebels with 23 points and made both free throws.

After a Wyoming time out, David Adams was fouled and sank two free throws to put Wyoming up 67-64. But UNLV answered again after Dalron Johnson, who led both teams with 11 rebounds, tipped in a miss by JK Edwards with 11 seconds left.

Richardson was then fouled by Jermaine Lewis. He sealed the win, sinking two free throws with 8.3 seconds remaining. Banks turned over the ball on UNLV's final possession.

The Rebels tied the game for the first time since the first half at 7:56 off a basket by JK Edwards, who was fouled by Mory Correa. UNLV rebounded after Edwards missed a free throw but turned the ball over off an offensive foul by Johnson.

Wyoming grabbed the lead again off a driving layup by Richardson at the seven-minute mark. Several UNLV turnovers and scores by Correa and Nsonwu-Amadi put the Cowboys up by eight.

The Rebels shot a paltry 28 percent in the first half but still led the first 7 minutes.

A dunk by Uche Nsonwu-Amadi, who had 10 points and six rebounds in the first half, tied the game at 13 and Richardson put the Cowboys ahead 16-13 with a 3-pointer.

Nsonwu-Amadi left the game at 5:59 in the first after he took an elbow to his left eye while bringing down a rebound. He returned three minutes later, lifting Wyoming out of a scoring drought with a slam dunk off a long pass from David Rottinghaus.

COLORADO ST. 102, SAN DIEGO ST. 89: At Fort Collins, Colo., Matt Nelson scored 30 points, 21 in the second period, and Colorado State ended a seven-game losing streak with a 102-89 victory over San Diego State on Monday night.

Nelson was 5-for-5 shooting and 7-of-9 from the free throw line in the second half. Brian Greene added 17 points and 10 rebounds for Colorado State (15-12, 4-8 Mountain West)

Tony Bland had 25 points for San Diego State (15-11, 6-7).

Colorado State led by as much as 59-37 early in the second half, but the Aztecs narrowed the deficit to 73-59 on two free throws by Evan Burns with 9:10 left. The Rams regained and kept a 15-point lead, going to Nelson in five consecutive possessions.

Bland hit a basket and a free throw after a 3-pointer with 1:03 left to get the Aztecs to within 96-87. The Rams finished them with Ronnie Clark's dunk and free throw and two more free throws by Greene.

Colorado State led 52-36 at the half after a 3-pointer and breakaway layup by Derrick Stevens and 66 percent shooting.

Stevens capped an 8-0 run with a 3-pointer early in the game to put the Rams up 22-15 before Bland scored nine points over a three-minute stretch to narrow the lead to 31-26.

The Rams last won on Feb. 1, beating the Aztecs in San Diego.