LAS VEGAS, Nev.- Two second-half scoring droughts allowed #24 UNLV to build on their 12-point halftime lead as they defeated the CSUB Roadrunners Saturday night 84-63 in front of 14,000 at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas.
The 'Runners (6-12) fell victim in the first-half to freshman Anthony Bennett who scored 21 of his game-high 28 in the first half as the Rebels (12-2) built a 43-31 lead going into the locker room. Bennett was 8-10 in the first half from the field and 3-4 from three-point range.
The Roadrunners would score the first basket of the second half but two scoring droughts allowed the Rebels to extend their lead. CSUB allowed a 7-1 run with 13 minutes remaining, then an 8-0 run with 5:44 left as UNLV built a 20-point lead.
"UNLV is a talented team and Bennett is a top-five NBA draft pick," said CSUB head coach Rod Barnes. "I don't think we played the game the way we needed to play to be successful against a team like this, we just had those two stretches of about 8 minutes here and there that hurt us tonight."
This marked the second-straight game the 'Runners played a nationally-ranked team.
CSUB was led by Stephon Carter (Sr., Bakersfield, Calif., Garces HS) who scored 16 points on 5-12 shooting while Javonte Maynor (R-So., Atlanta, Ga., Georgia State) scored 14 points on 4-13 from the field. Las Vegas native Adam Young added 12 points on 5-9 from the field and 2-5 from three-point range while Brandon Barnes (R-Jr., Atlanta, Ga., Lipscomb) was the fourth 'Runner in double figures scoring 12 points as well on 4-10 from the field.
Both teams had turnover issues with the fast-pace game as the Rebels turned the ball over 19 times which led to 23 CSUB points while the 'Runners turned the ball over 17 timed leading to 20 UNLV points.
"I'm proud of our kids for fighting like they did," Barnes said. "We just have to eliminate these scoring droughts, we'll get back home and get ready for Fullerton and some home games, we hope the fans will come out and support us."
CSUB will be back at home Wednesday hosting Cal State Fullerton with five of their next six games at home while the 'Runners will play all of the next six in the state of California, their longest in-state stretch of the season.
Tip off is scheduled for Wednesday at 7 P.M. at the Icardo Center. Tickets are available by calling 654-BLUE or purchasing online at GoRunners.com.