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College basketball: No. 20 UNLV wins by nearly 50 points

Published December 13, 2012 10:44 pm

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Las Vegas • The National Finals Rodeo was in town and pushed UNLV's game against Division III La Verne out of the Thomas and Mack Center and up the road to the Orleans Arena.

The move certainly didn't take the 20th-ranked Runnin' Rebels out of their game.

Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 27 points to lead UNLV to its sixth straight win, a 91-44 victory Thursday night in its home away from home.

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.

Tennessee 69, No. 23 Wichita State 60 • In Knoxville, Tenn., Trae Golden scored 25 points and Tennessee snapped a two-game losing streak and hand the Shockers their first loss of the season.

Tennessee shot 47.5 percent to end a brutal offensive slump. In its two games leading up to this one, the Volunteers had lost 37-36 to Georgetown in the SEC/Big East Challenge on Nov. 30 and 46-38 at Virginia on Dec. 5.