Tuesday , Feb , 08 , 2005 C.Y. Ellis

No. 15 Utah wins 15th in a row over UNLV

Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) – Bryant Markson scored a game-high 19 points
as the 15th-ranked Runnin’ Utes of Utah extended their winning streak to 15
games with a hard-fought 57-53 victory over UNLV in a Mountain West Conference
game at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Markson went 8-of-11 from the floor, including a three-pointer, for the Utes
(20-3, 8-0,) whose 15th consecutive win is the third-longest active winning
streak in the nation behind undefeated Illinois and Boston College – who were
both idle on Monday.

Utah’s All-American candidate Andrew Bogut netted 14 points on 6-of-12
shooting, and grabbed just four rebounds, while Justin Hawkins contributed 12
points and six boards in the victory.

Leading UNLV (9-11, 2-6,) which has lost four straight games, was Odartey
Blankson with 18 points on 9-of-15 shooting. The only other player to reach
double figures was Louis Amundson, who had 12 in the loss.

This game was not decided until the final seconds as UNLV hung tough and got
to within one point after being down by double figures.

The Utes used an 11-4 burst in the first five minutes of the second half en
route to a double-digit lead, 50-40.

Following a dunk by Amundson and back-to-back jumpers from Blankson, UNLV cut
the deficit to two points, 50-48, with a little more than five minutes
remaining on the clock.

But Bogut responded with a layup, staking the Utes to a four-point edge. After
the teams traded several scoreless possessions, Michael Umeh scored a three-
point play as the Rebels got within one, 52-51, but no closer.

A short time later, Hawkins hit 1-of-2 free throws and the Utes got a
defensive stop — giving them a two-point lead with the ball and 36.8 seconds

With Utah ahead, 53-51 with 28.1 seconds remaining, Marc Jackson stepped to
the free throw line and made 1-of-2, which gave UNLV a chance to tie with a
three-point basket.

Umeh had a good look at a three-pointer from the left side of the top of the
key, but was too strong and it clanged off the iron.

The last loss for Utah was against nationally-ranked Arizona on the road by a
score of 67-62 back on December 11th, 2004.