LAS VEGAS (AP) - Freshman Anthony Bennett and junior Mike Moser scored 19 points apiece to lead No. 24 UNLV to an impressive 85-57 victory over UC Irvine on Wednesday night.
Using tenacious defense, the Rebels held UC Irvine scoreless during a crucial 5 minutes of the second half, long enough to widen their lead to 20 points and take the Anteaters out of the game. UNLV outscored UC Irvine 51-31 in the second half to pull away for the easy win.
Katin Reinhardt added 13 points for the Rebels (4-1).
UC Irvine (3-4) scored just 21 points over the final 14:59 of the game - nine of which came from the free throw line.
Daman Starring had 18 points and Adam Folker added 12 for the Anteaters, who lost by four points or fewer in their first three losses. This was their second straight loss by double digits following a 10-point loss to Pepperdine last Saturday.
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