Louisiana-Monroe vs UNLV

No. 21 UNLV 81, Louisiana-Monroe 63

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LAS VEGAS -- UNLV is known for its run-and-gun style. And now, the Rebels are adding constant defensive pressure.

No. 21 UNLV exhibited that in Saturday's upset win over then-No. 19 Illinois and in Monday night's victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Senior forward Chace Stanback was 8 of 9 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 29 points.

"My teammates were really looking for me tonight and they were able to find me when I was open," said Stanback, whose previous career-high was 28 points in UNLV's win over then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 26. "I was able to knock them down."

UNLV (12-2) had 11 steals and seven blocks.

"We do a good job forcing turnovers," UNLV coach Dave Rice said. "We scored 24 points off turnovers tonight and we get a lot of energy from our guys when we make plays like that. It wasn't just the steals, it was a collaborative effort on the defensive end, but it was sharing on the offensive end and our guys were looking for each other."

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Carlos Lopez had 12 and nine rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels (12-2), while Oscar Bellfield had 10 points and four steals. UNLV was 14 of 23 from 3-point range (60 percent) and shot 58 percent overall.

"We talked with our team yesterday and in the shootaround today that these games can be difficult and after a big win on Saturday," said Rice, whose team outscored the Warhawks 26-2 in fast break points. "Sometimes, a turnaround can be difficult. We knew we needed to be ready."

UNLV, which returned to the Top 25 earlier in the day after being out for two weeks, led by as many as 29 points in the second half.

Steve McClellan led Louisiana-Monroe (1-11) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Hugh Mingo added 15 points.

This was the third time Louisiana-Monroe played a Top 25 opponent this season. The Warhawks lost 78-63 at No. 25 Mississippi State on Nov. 21 and 67-54 at No. 22 Texas A&M on Dec. 10.

"This was the best of the Top 25 teams we played this season," said Louisiana-Monroe coach Keith Richard, whose team outrebounded UNLV 32-22. "Their push on offense was tremendous. We felt that all night. Tremendous constant pressure going for the ball created a lot of turnovers for us. We tried to slow it down and it somewhat worked for a few moments in the first half."

The Rebels, who never trailed, took a 12-4 lead. The Warhawks did have their first-half moments as a 3-pointer by Mingo with 5:37 left cut the Rebels' lead to 25-23. UNLV ended the half on a 12-4 run.

"We tried to go out there with a lot of energy," Bellfield said. "We tried to take it to them and that's something we did. Coach just tells us to pick up our defense to get our offense going. If we know we play (defense), we can get our fast break going."

The Rebels started the second half scoring the first nine points, highlighted by consecutive reverse dunks on alley-oop passes by Mike Moser. The Rebels built a 29-point lead with 7:15 to go, allowing for the reserves, including sophomore transfer Reggie Smith, who was making his UNLV debut.

Smith became eligible for Monday's game after transferring from Marquette last season. A sophomore guard, Smith had three points in 9 minutes.

Trent Mackey had 13 points and Fred Brown added 12 for the Warhawks.

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Scoreboard
Louisiana-Monroe (1-11)273663
UNLV #21 (12-2) «374481
LAMON:S. McClellan 16 Pts
LAMON:S. McClellan 7 Reb
LAMON:F. Brown 6 Ast
UNLV:C. Stanback 29 Pts
UNLV:C. Lopez 9 Reb
UNLV:A. Marshall 6 Ast

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PLAYERS OF THE GAME
Louisiana-MonroeUNLV
LAMON
Steven McClellan
UNLV
Chace Stanback
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
16702941
Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks
T. Mackey, G375-90-031213
S. McClellan, C337-92-270416
F. Brown, G303-106-636112
T. Lindsey, F281-50-03343
C. Winborne, G271-62-22014
H. Mingo, G226-91-430515
C. Bibi Ndongo, F120-20-01010
M. Hansberry, G100-10-01000
F. Ribeiro, C10-00-00000
I. Eke, FDid Not Play
R. McCray, GDid Not Play
D. Martin, GDid Not Play
R. Smith, GDid Not Play
Totals 23-5111-1423101863
 45.1%78.6% 
UNLV Rebels
C. Stanback, G-F3210-131-241129
A. Marshall, G291-32-23614
M. Moser, F272-52-32526
O. Bellfield, G224-50-012010
B. Massamba, F-C180-00-10010
J. Hawkins, G210-48-100308
C. Lopez, F214-44-791312
K. Wallace, G203-40-00129
R. Smith, G91-40-02123
K. Mashour, G-F10-10-01010
Q. Thomas, FDid Not Play
B. Jones, GDid Not Play
B. Cheaney, GDid Not Play
B. Glenn, CDid Not Play
W. Norman, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-4317-2522201481
 58.1%68.0% 
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