Utah guard Ricky Johns, left, looks to pass as UNLV guard Jo'Van Adams defends. (AP Photo/Steve C. Wilson)
Jan. 21, 2006
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Jason Petrimoulx had a career-high 21 points and Louis Amundson scored 18 as UNLV beat Utah 71-59 Saturday. It was the Rebels' first road victory over the Utes since 1982.
Petrimoulx made five 3-pointers as the Rebels built an 18-point lead before withstanding a Ute comeback. It was the worst home conference loss for Utah since an 87-73 defeat to Brigham Young in 1992.
The Utes played without senior forward Bryant Markson, their leading scorer (14.1 points per game), due to a violation of team rules related to alleged campus parking violations.
The Rebels (10-7, 4-1) built their lead to 58-40 on Jo van Adams' driving layup with 7:42 remaining.
Over the next six minutes, the Utes went on a 13-2 run, capped by Shaun Green's steal and basket to draw within 60-53.
Ricky Morgan, who had not scored all game, sank eight free throws in the last 1:33 to clinch the game for UNLV.
The Rebels, who out-rebounded the Utes 38-29, snapped a seven-game road skid to Utah and have now won six games in their last seven.
The Utes started the game sluggish on offense without Markson and fell behind 9-2. The Rebels never trailed and led 35-28 at halftime on the strength of Amundson's 14 points in the period.
Utah (8-9, 1-5) has lost five games in a row and is 0-8 this season when allowing 69 or more points. The last time the Utes lost five games in a row was in the 1983-84 season.