|UNLV's Carlos Lopez drives the baseline against Louisiana Monroe's Steven McClellan in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Monday, Dec. 19, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)|
No. 21 UNLV beats Louisiana-Monroe 81-63
LAS VEGAS—Senior forward Chace Stanback was 8 of 9 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 29 points to lead No. 21 UNLV past Louisiana-Monroe 81-63 on Monday night.
Carlos Lopez had 12 and nine rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels (12-2), while Oscar Bellfield had 10 points and four steals. UNLV was 14 of 23 from 3-point range (60 percent) and shot 58 percent overall.
UNLV, which returned to the Top 25 earlier in the day after being out for two weeks, had 11 steals and seven blocks. the Rebels led by as many as 29 points in the second half.
Steve McClellan led Louisiana-Monroe (1-11) with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Hugh Mingo added 15 points.
The Rebels, who never trailed, took a 12-4 lead. The Warhawks did have their first-half moments as a 3-pointer by Mingo with 5:37 left cut the Rebels' lead to 25-23. UNLV ended the half on a 12-4 run.
The Rebels started the second half scoring the first nine points, highlighted by consecutive reverse dunks on alley-oop passes by Mike Moser. The Rebels built a 29-point lead with 7:15 to go, allowing for the reserves, including sophomore transfer Reggie Smith, who was making his UNLV debut.
Smith became eligible for Monday's game after transferring from Marquette last season. A sophomore guard, Smith had three points in 9 minutes.
Trent Mackey had 13 points and Fred Brown added 12 for the Warhawks, who dropped to 0-3 against Top 25 opponents this season.