UNLV 72, No. 19 Utah 66
Feb. 06, 2000
LAS VEGAS (AP) _ Kaspars Kambala had 20 points and 11 rebounds as UNLV beat a ranked team for the first time this season, downing No. 19 Utah 72-66 Saturday night
The Rebels had lost to Top 25 opponents North Carolina, Oklahoma State, and Cincinnati before defeating the Utes.
Mark Dickel scored 18 points for the Rebels (14-5, 5-2 Mountain West). Freshman Dalron Johnson had 17 points.
Alex Jensen led Utah (17-4, 6-1) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Hanno Mottola added 16 points and Tony Harvey scored 12.
Utah, which is 0-4 on the road, trailed most of the game, but tied it at 61 with 5:57 remaining.
The Rebels didn't get a basket the rest of the game, and made only 11-of-20 free throws in that span. Still, it was enough as the Utes could only muster Jensen's 3-pointer and a late field goal from Jeff Johnsen.
Utah turned the ball over three times and missed four shots in the final five minutes.
``The effort was there, the focus was there,'' UNLV head coach Bill Bayno said. ``Together as a team it was the best it's ever been.''
The Rebels led 39-31 at halftime. Johnson had 13 points, including nine in a 13-point run midway through the first half.