The UNLV Runnin' Rebels opened their conference season with a win, beating Colorado State 78-76 in a nail biter on Wednesday night at Thomas & Mack. UNLV trailed by as many as 11 points in the second half but rallied to tie the game late and the Rebels were helped by a basket interference call on a CSU player with seconds left. The Rebels will go for their second conference win when they battle Wyoming tonight at 7pm at the Thomas & Mack. UNLV got some bad news earlier in the week when it was learned that starting power forward Shakur Juiston will have season ending knee surgery to repair a torn meniscus. Juiston is considering applying for a medical redshirt so he can return to the team next season.