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No. 20 UNLV cruises past La Verne 91-44

Friday - 12/14/2012, 12:28am  ET

By W.G. Ramirez
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS (AP) - The National Finals Rodeo was in town and pushed UNLV's game against Division III La Verne out of the Thomas and Mack Center and up the road to the Orleans Arena.

The move certainly didn't take the 20th-ranked Runnin' Rebels out of their game.

Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 27 points to lead UNLV to its sixth straight win, a 91-44 victory Thursday night in its home away from home.

Bennett, who went into the game averaging 19.5 points, has led the Runnin' Rebels (8-1) in scoring in eight of their nine games and each of their last seven. The 6-foot-8 forward ranks second in scoring in the Mountain West Conference and 34th nationally, leading all freshmen.

Katin Reinhardt added 14 points, while Savon Goodman chipped in 13 for UNLV, which opened the game on a 15-2 run.

Junior forward Mike Moser, third on the team in scoring (10.9) and tied with Bennett at a team-leading 8.3, sat out the game. He dislocated an elbow early in the Rebels' 76-75 win at California on Sunday.

Vince Bauer had 16 points and Jake Veith added 11 for La Verne (1-5), which has lost five straight and dropped to 0-9 all-time against UNLV.

After opening a 38-21 halftime lead, the Rebels went ahead 47-30 with 14:28 left in the game and then closed the game on a 44-14 run.

La Verne, a private school located in the Los Angeles suburb of the same name, came in shooting 40.3 percent from the field and 42.3 percent from 3-point range. The Rebels held the 31.4 percent from the field and 20.0 percent from beyond the arc. La Verne came into the game averaging 59.2 points while allowing 63.4 points.

Though they are worlds apart as far as caliber of play, there is a series history between the schools. They played a home-and-home in 1962 and 1964 and last met 47 years ago, in 1965.


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