No. 22 UNLV 72, S. Utah 50

Anthony Marshall helped UNLV right the ship after two tough

losses.

He scored a career high 17 points to lead UNLV over Southern

Utah 72-50 Saturday night.

”I thought he did a real good job tonight,” Rebels coach Lon

Kruger said. ”He was finishing plays. I thought his balance was

good. I thought he looked really sharp.”

Freshman forward Carlos Lopez had season-highs of 12 points and

11 rebounds for UNLV (10-2), which had lost its previous two. The

Rebels, who never trailed, also won despite shooting 3 of 16 from

3-point range.

Matt Hodgson led Southern Utah (3-8) with 12 points and 10

rebounds. Teammate Jordan Weirick added 10 points. The Thunderbirds

were 2 of 11 from 3-point range and made 14 of 29 free throws.

Matt Hodgson led Southern Utah (3-8) with 12 points and 10

rebounds. Teammate Jordan Weirick added 10 points. The Thunderbirds

were 2 of 11 from 3-point range and made 14 of 29 free throws.

Last December, the Rebels beat the Thunderbirds, 77-59 in Cedar

City, Utah. UNLV now has won 19 straight against the Thunderbirds,

who play in the Summit League.

”(UNLV is) a much better team than they were last year,”

Southern Utah assistant coach Ron Carling said. ”They have better

team chemistry. Everyone was athletic. They denied the ball well.

We knew it was going to be tough.”

UNLV, which never trailed, went on a 21-3 run that made it 37-13

shortly before letting Southern Utah close out the first half with

five straight points.

”Everyone got into the flow,” Marshall said. ”We got a good

game out of Carlos tonight. Tonight’s game was big for us. I felt

we played good basketball.”

The Rebels’ next test is at No. 6 Kansas State this Tuesday in

Kansas City, Mo. Kansas State lost at Florida 57-44 on

Saturday.

The Rebels had lost at No. 20 Louisville a week ago, and against

UC Santa Barbara at home three days earlier. Against the Gauchos,

the Rebels only shot 29 percent from the field. They also blew a

nine-point second half lead at Louisville.

”Kansas State is a real good team,” said Kruger, who played

and coached there. ”They’re a real physical team. They bang you

around a lot.”

Marshall and the Rebels lost to Kansas State last December in

Las Vegas, 95-80.

”It was a pretty tough game last year and we expect the same

this year,” Marshall said. ”We believe (we can beat them).

They’re a good ball club. We can’t have costly turnovers that will

allow the crowd to get into the game. We have to take the crowd

out.”