La Verne drops to 0-9 all-time vs. No. 20 UNLV

There wasn’t a whole lot La Verne could do when UNLV started

playing its swarming defense and started going hard to the

boards.

The numbers were all in favor of the 20th-ranked Runnin’ Rebels

in their 91-44 victory over Division III La Verne on Thursday

night.

UNLV (8-1) led throughout in winning its sixth straight

game.

The Rebels outrebounded La Verne 49-23. They had 13 steals and

blocked five shots. The Rebels dominated offensively as well,

shooting 53 percent (31 of 59) from the field to the Leopards’ 31

percent (16 of 51). It carried on behind the 3-point line as UNLV

made 7 of 15 while La Verne was 4 of 20.

Vince Bauer had 16 points and Jake Veith added 11 for the

Leopards (1-5) in their fifth straight loss.

”We came out and executed our game plan,” La Verne coach Rich

Reed said. ”Our number one goal coming into this game was we

wanted to execute the things that we practiced and we did that; but

some of our shots just didn’t fall for us.

”(UNLV’s players) are really big, they’re physical, and they

shot the ball well. They went to the offensive glass well,” Reed

said. ”We didn’t block out very well. Our guys went out and

competed but UNLV did their job at the end.”

The loss could help the Leopards later in the season.

”We had a lot of freshmen come off the bench for us,” Reed

said. ”They need more playing time to help them grow. This game

helps us prepare for late February and early March when our

conference tournament starts.”

UNLV coach Dave Rice said La Verne was ”well-prepared. They

were difficult to guard because they’re undersized.”

Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 27 points to lead UNLV.

Bennett, who went into the game averaging 19.5 points, has led

the Runnin’ Rebels (8-1) in scoring in eight of their nine games

and each of their last seven. The 6-foot-8 forward ranks second in

scoring in the Mountain West Conference and 34th nationally,

leading all freshmen.

Katin Reinhardt added 14 points, while Savon Goodman chipped in

13 for UNLV, which opened the game on a 15-2 run.

Junior forward Mike Moser, third on the team in scoring (10.9)

and tied with Bennett at a team-leading 8.3, sat out the game. He

dislocated an elbow early in the Rebels’ 76-75 win at California on

Sunday.

After opening a 38-21 halftime lead, the Rebels went ahead 47-30

with 14:28 left in the game and then closed the game on a 44-14

run.

La Verne, a private school located in the Los Angeles suburb of

the same name, and UNLV are worlds apart as far as caliber of play,

but there is a series history between the schools. They played a

home-and-home in 1962 and 1964 and last met 47 years ago, in

1965.