UNLV vs Illinois State

No. 24 UNLV 82, Illinois State 51

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NORMAL, Ill. -- UNLV is one of those teams that doesn't mind playing away from home.

The 24th-ranked Rebels showed it Wednesday night when sophomore guard Anthony Marshall scored 16 points to help them remain undefeated with an 82-51 victory against Illinois State.

"Defensively, we started slow, but we picked it up in the second half," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said. "For a road game, I thought we played consistently from start to finish. We were a pretty good road team last year and most of those players are back this year."

Chace Stanback and Derrick Jaspar both added 12 points for the Rebels (7-0).

Austin Hill had 15 points for the Redbirds (5-2), while Jackie Carmichael added 11.

The Rebels led by 17 points at halftime and cruised in the second half, holding the Redbirds to 36 percent shooting from the field. The Rebels have held opponents to 35 percent shooting this season. Their man-to-man pressure defense forced Illinois State into 16 turnovers.

The Rebels were 5 for 19 from beyond the 3-point line, while Illinois State went 4 for 24.

"They had some good looks, particularly in the first half," Kruger said. "But they missed them. They are a young team and I suspect that played into it."

Illinois State coach Tim Jankovich said he thought his team played a pretty good first half, and will likely take away something useful from the loss.

"We looked great the first three minutes," he said. "But really, our kids just haven't seen a team like this. They are a very good team. And a game like this helps our young guys, because it gives them a chance to play against some of the best."

Hill agreed.

"I think we're going to be all right from here on," Hill said. "This is just a learning experience for us. That's all."

The game was part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge.

The Redbirds haven't played UNLV since 1978 and have now lost 21 straight against ranked opponents since 1987.

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Scoreboard
UNLV #24 (7-0) «394382
Illinois State (5-2)222951
UNLV:A. Marshall 15 Pts
UNLV:D. Jasper 9 Reb
UNLV:T. Willis 3 Ast
ILST:A. Hill 15 Pts
ILST:T. Lewis 8 Reb
ILST:A. Rubin 2 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Illinois StateUNLV
ILST
Austin Hill
UNLV
Derrick Jasper
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
15121292
UNLV Rebels
D. Jasper, G273-76-692112
O. Bellfield, G273-72-233211
C. Stanback, G-F236-110-040312
A. Marshall, G207-131-233315
Q. Thomas, F170-10-07120
T. Willis, G233-101-23308
J. Hawkins, G223-52-35138
B. Massamba, F-C163-50-21006
C. Lopez, F151-23-32025
K. Mashour, G-F101-22-21005
T. Norman, GDid Not Play
K. Wallace, GDid Not Play
T. Hanni, GDid Not Play
M. Moser, FDid Not Play
M. Martinez, FDid Not Play
Totals 30-6317-2238131682
 47.6%77.3% 
Illinois State Redbirds
A. Hill, G266-142-212315
A. Rubin, G232-51-20226
J. Clark, G230-50-03110
J. Carmichael, F224-63-540411
T. Lewis, F133-50-18006
J. Wilkins, G211-60-01142
T. Blue, G172-90-02225
J. Ekey, F141-20-04003
A. Cousin, G141-21-21103
K. Smith, G130-00-00120
B. Mishler, F90-10-02030
Z. Upshaw, G50-00-00000
M. Coates, GDid Not Play
J. Threloff, CDid Not Play
K. Miklasz, GDid Not Play
Totals 20-557-1226102151
 36.4%58.3% 
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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
San Diego St14-427-926
Boise St.14-425-940
Colorado St.13-527-729
Wyoming11-725-1071
Utah St.11-718-13144
Fresno St.10-814-17183
UNLV8-1018-15114
New Mexico7-1115-16172
Air Force6-1214-17240
Nevada5-139-22306
San Jose St.0-182-28336

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TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.17-130-517
N. Iowa16-231-414
Illinois St.11-722-1362
Indiana St.11-715-16190
Evansville9-924-12119
Loyola-Chi.8-1024-13123
Drake6-129-22269
Missouri St.5-1311-20247
So. Illinois4-1412-21278
Bradley3-159-24288
 
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