It might no longer be the rivalry it once was, but that doesn’t mean UNLV against Brigham Young lacks for excitement in basketball.
Senior guard Noah Robotham hit a fallaway 3-pointer at the buzzer in overtime Saturday to lift the Rebels over the Cougars 92-90 at T-Mobile Arena.
BYU had rallied from 17 points down in the second half to take the lead, only to have UNLV force overtime.
Kris Clyburn scored a career-high 21 for UNLV before fouling out.
UNLV freshman forward Joel Ntambwe had his best game yet, finishing with a career-best 22 points and 11 rebounds.
The Rebels played as fine a first half offensively as they have all season, building a 47-30 lead at intermission.
But the sloppy play that UNLV avoided those first 20 minutes, when the Rebels had only six turnovers, became apparent thereafter.
UNLV had 11 turnovers after halftime.
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