No. 21 UNLV upends Canisius 89-74

  • Article by: W.G. RAMIREZ
  • Associated Press
  • December 22, 2012 - 11:20 PM

LAS VEGAS - Anthony Bennett had 21 points and seven rebounds to lead No. 21 UNLV to an 89-74 victory over Canisius on Saturday.

Bennett, one of five Rebels to score in double figures, was 8 of 12 from the field, including three 3-pointers.

Khem Birch, playing in just his third game since becoming eligible for the Rebels (11-1) added 20 points, while Katin Reinhardt had 14 and Bryce Dejean-Jones and Justin Hawkins added 12 apiece.

Canisius (8-3), which had four players score in double figures, was led by Billy Baron's 30 points. Harold Washington added 17, while Jordan Heath and Isaac Sosa each had 11 points.

After a sluggish start that saw them fall behind 8-3 a little more than three minutes into the game, the Runnin' Rebels used a 7-0 run to take the lead and a 14-3 run to take the lead for good.

The Golden Griffins, who were looking for their second straight upset after defeating Temple by 10 in Philadelphia on Wednesday, tried to rally but were thwarted by UNLV's transition game.

At the 6:40 mark of the first half the Golden Griffins got within 3, but then Birch hit one of two from the free throw line, Bennett hit a short jumper and Reinhardt went coast-to-coast, put it in and completed the three-point play to put UNLV up by nine at 37-28.

Canisius, which came into the game having made 61 3-pointers in its previous five games, was 7 of 15 (46.7 percent) from beyond the arc in the first half, en route to a 13 of 29 (44.8 percent) game performance from long-range.

The Golden Griffins also came in ranked second in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference and 15th nationally with 9.3 3-pointers per game.

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