UNLV vs Illinois State

No. 24 UNLV 82, Illinois State 51

CBSSports.com wire reports

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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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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Illinois StateUNLV
Austin Hill
Derrick Jasper
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
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
Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Colorado St.13-524-1266
Boise St.12-620-1272
Fresno St.11-720-1376
New Mexico10-817-1486
San Diego St9-919-1498
San Jose St.7-1114-16191
Utah St.7-1114-17181
Air Force4-1412-21251

Missouri Valley
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Wichita St.17-131-532
Illinois St.17-128-733
So. Illinois9-917-16145
N. Iowa9-914-16162
Missouri St.7-1117-16209
Indiana St.5-1311-20233
Other games
Florida 54 Final
UCF 57
Purdue 58 Final
VT 55
Ark St 71 Final
Memphis 78
LAM 55 Final
Texas 76
BYU 77 Final
DUQ 66 Final
Mich St 79 Final
STMA 55 Final