Iowa St.-UNLV Preview

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.