SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – With friends and family making the three-plus hour trip from Minneapolis, UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn enjoyed a happy homecoming to the chilly Midwest Saturday night, scoring a team-high 18 points to help lead the Runnin’ Rebels to a 75-61 victory over South Dakota at the Sanford Pentagon.
It was the fourth win in five games for UNLV (6-2), which used a 14-2 run to end the first half to build a 42-31 halftime lead. The Rebels, who led by as many as 17 points after a Jordan Cornish jumper with 12:16 to go, were never really threatened after that as the Coyotes (3-8) never got closer than eight points the rest of the way.
Christian Wood registered his sixth double-double of the season with 11 points and 10 rebounds and Jelan Kendrick (13) and Patrick McCaw (12) also finished in double figures for UNLV. Point guard Cody Doolin finished with eight points and five steals and McCaw added four thefts as the Rebels finished with 10 steals.
Guard Brandon Bos scored a game-high 19 points and guard Tyler Larson, who prepped at Desert Pines High School, added 14 for South Dakota. The Coyotes, coming off an emotional 91-88 double overtime loss at Creighton on Tuesday night, shot just 42.4 percent from the floor, including 2-of-17 (11.8 percent), from 3-point range, but did outrebound the Rebels, 38-33.
UNLV plays its first home game of December on Wednesday night when its hosts Portland (6-2) at 7:30 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center.
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