Moser leads No. 20 UNLV past Wyoming, 56-48

BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer Published:

LAS VEGAS (AP) -- Mike Moser scored 18 of his 22 points in the first half and had 14 rebounds to lead third-seeded and No. 20 UNLV to a wild 56-48 victory over sixth-seeded Wyoming on Thursday night in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals.

Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian watched from his seat behind one baseline as the Runnin' Rebels held Wyoming to just 11 points in the first half, raced to a 22-point lead early in the second half and then let the Cowboys pull to 51-45 with 59.8 seconds left.

Oscar Bellfield and Moser each made two free throws and Anthony Marshall had one in the final 48.9 seconds to help UNLV (26-7) advance to the semifinals Friday night against No. 2 seed New Mexico.

Wyoming made just 3 of 24 shots -- 12.5 percent -- in the first half, including missing all eight shots from 3-point range.