Runnin' Rebels UNLV — 21 December 2013
Runnin’ Rebels crush Sacred Heart, 82-50

If only they were all this easy.

UNLV (6-4) picked up its third straight win on Friday night, and barely broke a sweat doing it, crushing Sacred Heart, 82-50, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Forward Roscoe Smith had his usual double-double with 15 points and a game-high 13 rebounds and Khem Birch added 15 points and eight rebounds as the Rebels jumped out to a 42-15 halftime lead and cruised to their third straight lopsided victory.

“I thought the first half we played terrific,” UNLV coach Dave Rice said. “Defense was sensational. Any time you can go into halftime with a 27-point lead and hold a team to 15 points, you’ve done something right.”

Bryce Dejean-Jones was the only other UNLV player to score in double figures, finishing with 14 while freshman forward Chris Wood added four points, six rebounds and five blocks in 16 minutes off the bench.

UNLV finished with a 53-34 rebounding edge and forced 18 turnovers by the Pioneers (2-10), who earlier this season lost in overtime at Boston College, 75-67.

The Rebels get a day off before facing Santa Clara (6-5) in the semifinals of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic on Sunday at 7:30 p.m. at the Orleans Arena.

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