Feb. 17, 2007
Utah and UNLV met for the 35th time on Saturday afternoon. The Utes had their lead in the series trimmed to 18-17. The Rebels have won four in a row over the Utes, taking both games last season and this season.
The Runnin' Utes still have 10-4 edge in games played in Salt Lake City. UNLV has taken the last two games in the Huntsman Center after Utah had won seven in a row.
Utah fell to 7-6 at home this season after winning its last three in the Huntsman Center. The last time the Utes lost at least six home games in a season was 1988-89 when they went 11-7.
The Utes suffered their worst home loss in conference play (13 points) since falling to Wyoming by an identical 70-57 on Feb. 22, 1992.
The Utes fell to 2-16 when tied or trailing at the half this season.
After Utah led 19-12 with 9:26 to play in the first half, it didn't score a field goal for nearly 8-1/2 minutes until Johnnie Bryant hit a 3-pointer with 1:01 remaining. As a result, UNLV ended the first half on a 21-6 run.
The Rebels had a 16-0 run early in the second half. After the Utes cut the Rebels' lead to 33-30 with 18:04 to play in the game, they went until the 13:13 mark without scoring while UNLV built a 49-30 lead.
Utah fell to 4-13 when opponents shoot at least 40 percent from 3-point range. UNLV is the 12th team to shoot at least 50 percent from 3-point range and the third to shoot 60 percent or better from beyond the arc. The Rebels are the 10th team to hit at least 10 3-pointers against the Utes.
The Utes shot at least 40 percent from 3-point range for the 12th time this season, falling to 5-7 in those games.
Junior guard Johnnie Bryant had his 21st double figure scoring game of the season and his third in the last three games.
Sophomore center Luke Nevill had his 22nd double-figure scoring game of the season and his fifth in a row. Nevill also tied a career-high with four assists.
Freshman guard Curtis Eatmon suffered a broken nose in the first half and did not return.