Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Anthony Bennett scored 27 points and grabbed
14 rebounds, as 20th-ranked UNLV blitzed La Verne, 91-44, at Orleans Arena.
Katin Reinhardt added 14 points and six assists, while Savon Goodman posted 13
points and nine rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels (8-1), which posted their
sixth straight win. Bennett was coming off a 25-point, 13-rebound performance
in a dramatic victory over California.
Vince Bauer led La Verne (1-5) with 16 points and Jake Veith posted 11 for the
Leopards, who were overmatched from the outset.
UNLV got off to a quick start, scoring 13 straight points capped by three-
pointers from Reinhardt and Anthony Marshall for a 15-2 lead. La Verne fought
back with Veith's three-pointer, drawing the visitors within 18-12, but they
couldn't get over the hump in the first half.
The Runnin' Rebels extended their advantage bucket-by-bucket, taking a 33-19
lead on Bennett's slam with just under five minutes remaining in the half.
Easy baskets from Goodman and Bryce Dejean-Jones put UNLV firmly in front,
38-21, after 20 minutes.
Four straight points by Goodman made the score 54-32 and consecutive slams by
Marshall and Bennett capped 13 straight points for a 60-32 advantage. Justin
Hawkins' three-pointer with just over six minutes on the clock opened a 74-38
margin, and the rout was on from there.
The Leopards are a member of Division III, but will continue their brief 2-
game stint against Division I foes against Cal State Bakersfield ... This is
the ninth meeting between the two programs, but the first since 1965 ... This
was UNLV's first game since starting forward Mike Moser dislocated his elbow
versus California ... Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch is eligible to make his
debut on Monday at Texas-El Paso.
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