SAN JOSE – So much for the theory that UNLV might come out flat and take struggling San Jose State lightly.
The Runnin’ Rebels (14-7, 5-3 Mountain West), behind a pair of 3-pointers by point guard Deville Smith, jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first six minutes and then gradually pulled away from the Spartans for an easy 70-46 victory on Wednesday night.
Roscoe Smith had 12 points and 15 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the season while Deville Smith and Bryce Dejean-Jones each added 13 points for the Rebels, who also got nine points and six blocks from Khem Birch and nine points and four rebounds from Jelan Kendrick.
Forward Jaleel Williams had 16 points and nine rebounds and former Bishop Gorman star Rashad Muhammad added 13 points for the Spartans (6-15, 0-9), who shot just 28.8 percent from the floor including 3-of-21 (14.3 percent) from 3-point range.
UNLV returns to action on Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m. when it hosts Boise State.
PHOTO COURTESY UNLV ATHLETICS