No. 24 UNLV pulls away to beat Hawaii 77-63

No. 24 UNLV pulls away to beat Hawaii 77-63
December 1, 2012, 9:35 pm
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Hawaii's Vander Joaquim shoots covered by UNLV's Anthony Bennett, of Canada, during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

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LAS VEGAS (AP) Anthony Bennett had 16 points, eight rebounds, and three blocks to lead No. 24 UNLV past Hawaii, 77-63 on Saturday.

Savon Goodman added 13 points and seven rebounds for UNLV (5-1), which pulled away after fighting off a Warriors' second-half run.

The Rebels were 7 of 15 from 3-point range, while the Warriors made only 1 of 18.

Christian Standhardinger tied a career high with 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Hawaii (4-2). He was 9 of 24 from the field.

Vander Joaquim, who hit the Warriors' only 3-pointer, added 12 points and nine rebounds for Hawaii, which had been off for 10 days.

Katin Reinhardt and Mike Moser each added 10 points for UNLV, which completed a six-game homestand. Reinhardt had seven assists, while Moser had three blocks.

The Rebels outscored the Warriors 21-4 in fast-break points and 34-12 in bench points.

Besides two brief Hawaii leads early, the Rebels led throughout, jumping to leads of 21-8 and their biggest at 49-23 with 48 seconds until halftime. They led 49-27 at intermission.

In the first half, UNLV shot 59 percent from the field and 5 of 7 from 3-point range. The Warriors were 0 of 10 from 3-point range and were 36 percent from the field.

The Warriors opened the second half on a 13-4 run. Later, Hawaii cut the lead to 61-53 with under six minutes left. But Reinhardt and Justin Hawkins each made a 3-pointer on the next two trips and Hawaii got no closer.

Hawaii converted 20 of 26 from the free throw line, while the Rebels were 10 of 15.

This was Hawaii's first trip to the mainland.