Courtesy Wichita State Sports Information
LAS VEGAS – Tyson Etienne sank two free throws with three seconds left to give Wichita State a 74-73 victory over UNLV on Sunday night in the Roman Main Event third-place game.
Etienne scored 23 of his game-high 28 points in the second half for the Shockers (4-1), who trailed by as many as 11 points with 16:36 to play in the game before rallying.
Etienne hit five second-half threes, including four over the final 6:31. He finished 6-of-12 overall from deep, matching his career-high.
UNLV scored on a put-back with 5.3 seconds left to take a 73-72 lead.
Out of a timeout, WSU inbounded to a streaking Etienne in the backcourt. The 6-2 guard dribbled to the near sideline and across half court before bowling into UNLV's Keshon Gilbert who was whistled for a blocking foul.
Etienne made both free throws to send the Shockers home with the win. It was their first Las Vegas win in five tries, spanning three different trips.
Freshman Kenny Pohto put up 12 points on 3-of-7 three-point shooting and Ricky Council IV added 10 points and three steals.
Bryce Hamilton paced UNLV (3-2) with 18 points and Jordan McCabe paired 11 points with eight assists.