Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 22 points and No. 18 UNLV beat Iowa State 82-70 on Saturday night in the consolation game of the Global Sports Classic.
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UNLV (3-1) began to pull away late in the second half. After Will Clyburn's tip-in at 7:24 cut Iowa State's deficit to 57-54, the Runnin' Rebels closed the game with a 25-16 run.
"It's difficult to get into a rhythm against Iowa State," UNLV coach Dave Rice said. "Anthony Marshall is as good as any guard in the country, and I thought he was very good at pushing the tempo and getting misses when Iowa State scored."
Marshall added 16 points for the Rebels, and Mike Moser had 15 points and 12 rebounds. But UNLV was outrebounded 46-45 by Iowa State.
"We certainly need to do a better job on the defensive boards," Rice said. "But I think we're doing a good job on our first-shot, field-goal percentage defense. We have to do a lot better job on the offensive boards, and we'll address that."
The Rebels used a pair of runs to seize momentum midway through the first half, but Iowa State (4-2) managed to stay close.
"I thought our effort was great," Cyclones coach Fred Hoiberg said. "But I didn't think our execution was good, we were not as crisp because we counted at least 10 wide-open layups that we missed, and you can't do that if you want to beat a great team like UNLV."
Clyburn had 21 points and 15 rebounds for the Cyclones. Tyrus McGee added 12 points while Melvin Ejim scored 10.
"Will gave us a great effort," Hoiberg said. "He had eight offensive rebounds and I was very impressed with his effort."
UNLV put together a 6-0 spurt to open an 11-point lead late in the second half. Bennett punctuated the victory with a two-handed dunk in the final minute.
Until UNLV pulled away, the only consistent part of the game was sloppiness. Both teams had more turnovers than steals or assists. UNLV turned the ball over 16 times, while grabbing 10 steals and dishing out 14 assists. Iowa State managed just four steals and 10 assists, but coughed the ball up 15 times.
Iowa State shot a dismal 33.3 percent (27 of 81) from the field, including 8 of 28 (28.6 percent) from beyond the arc. UNLV hit 43.1 percent (25 of 58) of its shots, including a 4-for-10 night from the 3-point line.
The Rebels also enjoyed a big advantage at the free throw line, making 28 of 35 foul shots, compared to 8 for 9 for the Cyclones.
UNLV led 36-34 after a back-and-forth first half.