Iowa State vs UNLV

UNLV freshman Bennett goes for 22 in win


LAS VEGAS -- Once UNLV got into a groove, Iowa State just couldn't keep up.

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.

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Freshman Anthony Bennett scores a game-high 22 points to help UNLV take the consolation game of the Global Sports Classic. (US Presswire)
Freshman Anthony Bennett scores a game-high 22 points to help UNLV take the consolation game of the Global Sports Classic. (US Presswire)
Iowa State (4-1)343670
UNLV #18 (3-0) «364682
IOWAST:W. Clyburn 21 Pts
IOWAST:W. Clyburn 15 Reb
IOWAST:W. Clyburn 4 Ast
UNLV:A. Bennett 22 Pts
UNLV:M. Moser 12 Reb
UNLV:J. Hawkins 3 Ast

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Iowa StateUNLV
Will Clyburn
Anthony Bennett
Iowa State Cyclones
W. Clyburn, G376-178-8154321
C. Babb, G302-100-13015
K. Lucious, G272-90-02036
M. Ejim, F275-140-0111510
A. Booker, F151-60-02042
T. McGee, G244-110-023112
P. Gibson, C234-80-05138
G. Niang, F143-60-02156
N. Long, G30-00-00000
B. Palo, GDid Not Play
A. McBeth, GDid Not Play
A. Law, GDid Not Play
S. Dorsey-Walker, GDid Not Play
T. Ellerman, FDid Not Play
C. Fowler, GDid Not Play
N. Okoro, GDid Not Play
Totals 27-818-942102570
UNLV Rebels
M. Moser, F345-124-4122115
A. Marshall, G334-58-1182216
A. Bennett, F326-129-1271122
K. Reinhardt, G250-42-21212
B. Dejean-Jones, G243-82-24139
J. Hawkins, G242-61-22316
S. Goodman, F144-60-02028
Q. Thomas, F101-42-23224
C. Lopez-Sosa, F40-10-00100
R. Smith, FDid Not Play
B. Cheaney, GDid Not Play
D. Cook, GDid Not Play
D. Morant, FDid Not Play
C. Rushman, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-5828-3539141382
Big 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Texas Tech4-215-316
W. Virginia4-215-321
Kansas St.3-313-571
Oklahoma St.2-412-6107
Iowa St.1-510-7103

Mountain West
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Boise St.6-116-331
Fresno St.4-314-6120
New Mexico4-39-11165
San Diego St3-311-6101
Colorado St.3-410-10141
Utah St.3-410-10163
Air Force2-48-10237
San Jose St.0-73-15307
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MEMP 52 Final
VCU 65 Final
CHRL 63 Final
DUKE 76 Final
LOU 71
CINCY 77 Final
ORE 66
AZST 73 Final