Arizona Falls to UNLV in 2OT, 74-72
Dec. 2, 2009
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) - Derrick Jasper hit a 3-pointer with 1:39 left in the second overtime to help No. 24 UNLV beat Arizona 74-72 on Wednesday night.
Jasper's 3 tied the game at 70. After Arizona sophomore Kyle Fogg missed a contested driving layup with 28 seconds left, TreVon Willis made two free throws to give the Runnin' Rebels (6-0) the lead for good.
Matt Shaw made one free throw to make it 73-70 and Arizona's Nic Wise raced down court but was fouled so he couldn't get off a 3-point attempt to tie. Wise hit both free throws to make it 73-72 with 9 seconds left.
Kendall Wallace hit the second of two free throws to make it 74-72, and Wise's last shot was blocked by Justin Hawkins as time expired.
Willis had 25 points for UNLV, while Derrick Williams led the Wildcats (3-3) with 28 points.
Willis hit a driving layup with 50.2 seconds left in the first overtime to give UNLV a 63-61 lead. But Jamelle Horne followed with a 5-foot bank shot to tie it with 29 seconds to go. UNLV called a timeout to set up the final shot but Willis missed a 6-footer.
Neither team shot better than 40 percent for the game.
Arizona got a scare with 3:52 left in the second overtime when Wise went down after driving to the basket. He stayed on the court for a minute and was taken out but returned to the game after the next play.
Wallace hit a 15-foot fadeaway with 1:13 left in regulation to give UNLV a 54-53 lead. But Wise followed with two free throws on Arizona's next possession to tie it with 54 seconds left.
UNLV called a timeout with 34.9 seconds left in regulation and 16 seconds left on the shot clock. UNLV's strategy unraveled when Oscar Bellfield hurried a 3-pointer at the shot-clock buzzer. Arizona wasn't able to capitalize on the miss when Wise missed a 3-pointer with 2 seconds left to send the game into overtime.
The game ends a four-game, home-and-home series between the schools.
It was the second-lowest scoring game in the recent series. Two years ago, Arizona won 52-49 in Las Vegas.