FORT COLLINS, Colo. — Down nine points with 3:42 left Saturday, UNLV appeared well on its way to losing for the seventh straight time at Moby Arena.
But in this odd season in which the road feels more like home, the Rebels roared back to score the final 14 points. Jovan Mooring’s 3-pointer with 28 seconds left broke a tie and helped give UNLV a 79-74 victory over Colorado State.
Mooring’s shot capped a personal seven-point run.
“They were outworking us (early),” Mooring said. “They were getting all the loose balls, the 50-50 balls, and we knew eventually we had to pick it up because it was the small things in this game that were making the difference. We just continued to play.”
UNLV (14-5, 3-3 Mountain West) has won all three of its conference games on the road and is 0-3 at home. The Rebels caught Colorado State (10-11, 3-5) at a fortuitous time, with the Rams missing Prentiss Nixon with a sprained ankle and Nico Carvacho playing with flu-like symptoms.
The ball wound up in Carvacho’s hands after Mooring’s tiebreaking 3, and UNLV’s Mbacke Diong’s defense forced an errant 3-point attempt with nine seconds left. UNLV’s Jordan Johnson made two free throws with three seconds remaining to seal the victory.