FORT COLLINS, Colo. Wink Adams was not having a good shooting game. The UNLV senior guard was 3-for-15 shooting and 0-for-10 on 3-pointers with 3:05 left to play.
That wasn't about to stop him from putting up another shot, let alone two, for the Rebels.
Adams scored 18 points, including two 3-pointers in the last two minutes, as UNLV came back to defeat Colorado State 65-62 in the conference opener for both teams on Saturday.
"Most teammates would be mad if you had missed that many shots, but I was encouraged by them to keep shooting," Adams said. "So those last two I got open and when the first fell I had the confidence to take the second."
Adams, who had four points at the half, sealed the win with two free throws with 2.2 seconds left. Curtis Terry also had 18 for UNLV (12-3, 1-0 Mountain West Conference), winners of five straight.
"Well, occasionally we have to encourage him," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said of Adams. "We want him to be more aggressive and put the ball on the floor and get in the middle of the zone.
"But he's a guy that's willing to take shots, especially tough shots late in the game."
The Rebels have beaten Colorado State 10 consecutive times.
Marcus Walker led Colorado State (6-8, 0-1) with 18 points. Andre McFarland added 14 points for the Rams, who played without 7-foot center Stuart Creason, who is out with an injured right foot.
Colorado State's last two losses have been by 3 points. The Rams lost 73-70 to Colorado on Dec. 22."Tonight we felt we had a chance, like we felt we had a chance to beat Colorado, and we let both these games slip away," Colorado State coach Tim Miles said. "That's what's frustrating."
NEW MEXICO 99, WYOMING 92, 2OT: At Laramie, Wyo., Jamal Smith scored 24 points, including 11 in overtime, to lead New Mexico over Wyoming in double overtime Saturday.
Smith hit three 3-pointers in the second half to help the Lobos (14-2, 1-0 Mountain West Conference) overcome a 16-point halftime deficit.
"You don't like being down 16 at any point in the game, especially in the first half," said New Mexico head coach Steve Alford, "but we were able to come back."
J.R. Giddens scored five straight points to put New Mexico ahead 73-71 with 22 seconds remaining in regulation, but Wyoming's Joseph Taylor banked in a turnaround jumper on the next possession to send the game into overtime.
Giddens scored four more points in the first overtime to give the Lobos an 82-81 lead with 22.2 seconds left, but a free throw by Taylor with 17.9 seconds left tied the score at 82, forcing a second overtime.