UNLV Repeats MWC Tourney Pain for BYU

Rebels overcome big deficit to beat Cougars for second straight year
By Mitch Pritchard,  Newser User
Posted Mar 15, 2008 10:27 PM CDT
BYU's Ben Murdock tries to defend against UNLV's Curtis Terry during the Mountain West men's basketball tournament finals in Las Vegas on Saturday, March 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Laura Rauch)
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(Newser) – No. 24 BYU must be sick of seeing UNLV in the Mountain West Conference championship game. For the second straight year, the Rebels upset the Cougars for take the conference automatic NCAA Tournament bid, reports the Salt Lake Tribune. The Rebels (26-7) overcame an 11-point first-half deficit to win its 24th straight league game at home, 76-61.

Last year, UNLV rallied from 14 points down to win the title game. The Cougars (27-7) are likely to get an at-large bid to the NCAAs, but will have a lower seed than they might have expected with a win. The Rebels went on 12-1 run to start the second half, and put the game away late when Wink Adams hit three 3-pointers for nine of his team-leading 23 points.