No. 19 UNLV beats Central Arkansas 124-75
LAS VEGAS (AP)
''I like the way we competed tonight after our big loss to Iowa,'' Central Arkansas coach Corliss Williamson said of the 124-75 loss to the Rebels. ''Tonight we were up against a great team. LaQuentin Miles and Mark Rutledge played well, and Jarvis Garner did a great job for us.
''You can give up or give in to the pressure. We showed we can fight. If we're going to lose, I want us to go down fighting,'' said Williamson, a former star at Arkansas
Miles had 21 points for Central Arkansas (5-7), while Rutledge added 13 and Garner had 11.
''We were outscored because we didn't shoot straight,'' Williamson said. ''Vegas came out and hit their shots. When they hit 67 percent from the field and 56 percent from the 3-point line, you know you're in for a tough night.''
The Bears shot 43 percent (29 of 67) from the field to UNLV's 67 percent (47 of 70). Central Arkansas was 7 of 20 from 3-point range, while the Rebels were 18 of 32.
''I believe we had a good effort tonight,'' Miles said. ''We knocked down a lot of good shots. This game set us up well for conference play. It showed us the importance of coming out and playing hard from the start.''
Chace Stanback was 9 of 11 from 3-point range and scored 29 points in 23 minutes for UNLV.
Stanback hit his first six 3-point attempts, was 10 0f 12 overall and had four steals for the Rebels (14-2), who had seven players score in double figures.
''I'll do whatever my teammates need me to do,'' Stanback said. ''If it means coming off the bench, I can do that.
''It (winning big) boosts everyone's confidence on our team. Our shooting got a lot better tonight. I just tried to stay focused. My teammates were looking for me, and I just tried to knock them down.''
Mike Moser had 18 points and nine rebounds for UNLV, while Reggie Smith had 13 points in 11 minutes, Quintrell Thomas had 13 points on 5-for-5 shooting, Carlos Lopez had 13 points, Anthony Marshall had 10 points and 10 assists and Justin Hawkins added 10 points.
The Rebels last reached the 100-point mark in a 103-56 win over Norfolk State during the 2006-07 season. UNLV hadn't scored 124 points since the 1990-91 season against Utah State.
The Rebels led 63-39 at halftime. Trailing 11-10, UNLV went ahead for good on Moser's jumper with 15:06 left in the first half.
Moser had 14 points and five rebounds in the first half while Stanback had nine points and four steals.
UNLV shot 64 percent (25 for 39) from the field in the first half while Central Arkansas hit 61 percent (17 for 28).
''It (playing Central Arkansas) gave an opportunity for us because we could play our bench more,'' UNLV coach Dave Rice said. ''Every time we can share the ball, it's a positive for us. I have a lot of confidence about people coming in from the bench.''