Iowa St.-UNLV Preview

Associated Press  |  Last updated November 24, 2012
UNLV is going to have to start a new streak at the Thomas & Mack Center. The No. 18 Runnin' Rebels had their 20-game regular-season win streak in their building end and will try to regroup Saturday in the consolation game of the Global Sports Classic. UNLV (2-1) fell 83-79 to Oregon on Friday, shooting 35.8 percent. Top returning scorer Mike Moser managed only nine points to continue his enigmatic start. Moser averaged 14.0 points last season. He scored two in a season-opening 92-54 rout of Northern Arizona on Nov. 12, but bounced back with 19 in a 77-58 win over Jacksonville State last Saturday before his latest quiet effort. Anthony Bennett led the way with 22 points and 10 boards and fellow freshman Katin Reinhardt added 18 points. The Runnin' Rebels battled back from an early nine-point deficit, but had trouble containing the Ducks all night. "I'm very proud of the fact that we lost our way midway through the first half, but we found a way to come back," coach Dave Rice said. "We found our way and started attacking inside. "We've got to sustain our effort on both the offensive and defensive ends. We have to be able to sustain our offense through the second half. We have to learn from this." If there is a positive from Friday's effort, it was the 18 turnovers UNLV forced. Duplicating that effort could be critical to success one day later. That's because Iowa State (4-1) committed 12 first-half turnovers and finished with 18 in its 78-70 loss to No. 22 Cincinnati on Friday. "We cut our turnovers in half, from 12 to six, and that's what allowed us to make that (second-half) comeback," coach Fred Hoiberg said. Iowa State fell short in its first test after winning its first four games by an average 32.5 points. The Cyclones nearly rallied after falling behind by 10 early in the second half. Hoiberg was encouraged by his team's 46-37 rebounding advantage, led by Melvin Ejim's 10. His club has outrebounded opponents by an average of 16.6 boards. "We came back because of our effort on the glass," the coach said. "We did a great job making the extra pass late in the game, but I thought we forced some shots early in the second half and we couldn't dig ourselves out that hole." Ejim is the only starter used by Hoiberg on Friday who began his career at Iowa State, with the other four transferring from other Division I programs. The starting lineup, however, combined for 37 points. Reserve Tyrus McGee led the Cyclones with a career-high 22 points. McGee has come off the bench the last three games after starting the first two, and he's led the team in scoring four times. Iowa State is now 2-6 in Las Vegas and 0-2 all-time overall against UNLV.
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