UNLV too much for Morgan State
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Runnin’ Rebels dominate Bears after Moser’s career night
Mike Moser had another great night, Chace Stanback played well and the Runnin’ Rebels are still undefeated.
UNLV opened the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational with a dominating 92-55 victory over Morgan State Sunday night at the Thomas and Mack.
The Runnin’ Rebels are 4-0 and have scored over 90 points in each of their last two games.
UNLV shot 52 percent from behind the three-point line and established its range early on.
Moser had a career high 23 points and added 17 rebounds and six assists. It was the red-shirt sophomore’s third double-double this season. Stanback scored 20 points and grabbed seven rebounds against the Bears. UNLV’s swarming defense gave Morgan State fits all night. The Runnin’ Rebels caused 23 turnovers and had 19 steals.
Ball movement was evident early on. Seven players in the first half recorded at least one assist and Anthony Marshall had four in the first 20 minutes. Marshall also went 4-for-4 from the field with nine points.
“The first couple of games I felt like I was rushing my shots, so this game I took my time, got inside, worked and got to the free-throw line,” Marshall said. “I just so happen to have great teammates that look for me in
transition that allows for easy buckets.”
UNLV finished the first half with 10 turnovers but the Bears failed to capitalize on them by scoring only five points from UNLV’s mistakes.
7-foot-2 Ian Chiles was the lone bright spot for the Bears finishing with 10 points and seven rebounds. Moser led the way for the Runnin’ Rebels with 10 points and nine rebounds in the first half as UNLV headed into the break with a 39-24 lead.
The Rebels led the entire game and held a 41-point lead in the second half. Oscar Bellfield was an integral part of the Rebel attack with 12 points and three steals. UNLV’s scored 26 points off of foprced turnovers in the game.
“We want to create our offense out of defense,” said head coach Dave Rice. “Our marketing team has done a terrific job with the ‘Lets Run’ campaign. When we play with that kind of energy we are really good.”
Karam Mashour saw limited action against the Bears. Although he only played played four minutes, he had three points and four rebounds to contribute off of the bench.
Carlos Lopez was another key inside presence for UNLV as he grabbed six rebounds and blocked a shot. A highlight reel for the season could have been put together for Marshall from this game. Marshall’s 13 points and eight assists ignited the crowd on several occasions.
UNLV will be back on the court to face Cal Poly on Tuesday.
“We have some big games coming up, we are taking it one day at a time,” said Marshall. “To be the ball club that we want to be we have to win these big games. We don’t just want to compete, we want to win.”