Boxscore
UNLV 73, Northern Iowa 59
Wednesday, December 19, 2012 10:00 PM
Location - Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Officials - John Higgings, Gerry Pollard, Kelly Self
Attendance - 14484

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Northern Iowa 22 37 59
UNLV 43 30 73

Recap


No. 18 UNLV 73, Northern Iowa 59: Freshman Anthony Bennett scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the host Runnin' Rebels to the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Conference Challenge victory.

Bennett had 14 of his game-high total in the first half and UNLV (10-1) played a spotless period to carry a 43-22 lead into the break. The Runnin' Rebels hit 6-of-12 from beyond the arc in the first half and never trailed on the way to their eighth straight win.

Northern Iowa (6-5) was led by Marc Sonnen with 15 points. The Panthers cut a 24-point deficit to 13 with six minutes left to play but twice missed the front end of one-and-one opportunities from the free-throw line and never got any closer. Northern Iowa entered the game 10th in the nation in the free-throw percentage.

Deon Mitchell, who entered the game leading the Panthers in scoring at 13.7 points, missed all seven of his shots from the field and finished with just one point.

UNLV's Khem Birch, a transfer from Pitt who became eligible on Monday, scored 11 points and grabbed nine rebounds off the bench. Anthony Marshall added nine points and four assists.

Game notebook: Northern Iowa beat UNLV in its only prior meeting, that coming in the first round of the NCAA Tournament in 2010 in a game played at Oklahoma City. ...The Mountain West won the Challenge 6-3. ... It was Northern Iowa's first loss in the four-year history of the tournament.

Northern Iowa Panthers

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Anthony James 32:00 5-16 2-6 1-2 0 5 5 2 2 1 3 0 13
Jake Koch 24:00 3-10 1-2 4-7 3 5 8 0 4 0 0 1 11
Marc Sonnen 33:00 6-10 3-5 0-0 1 0 1 3 1 1 0 0 15
Seth Tuttle 21:00 1-5 0-1 2-2 2 3 5 1 4 0 2 0 4
Deon Mitchell 27:00 0-7 0-4 1-2 0 1 1 2 1 1 2 0 1
Chip Rank 13:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 3 5 1 0 1 2 0 2
Matt Bohannon 11:00 0-2 0-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Nate Buss 16:00 2-4 2-3 0-0 0 2 2 1 1 0 0 1 6
Austin Pehl 4:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
Max Martino 11:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 0 0
Marvin Singleton 6:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2
Matt Morrison 2:00 1-2 1-1 2-2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 5
TOTAL 200 20-60 9-24 10-15 9 22 31 10 15 4 11 2 59
  33.3% 37.5% 66.7% Team Rebs: 3   Total TO: 11

UNLV Runnin' Rebels

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Katin Reinhardt 32:00 2-8 1-5 2-2 1 2 3 2 2 2 1 1 7
Anthony Bennett 28:00 7-12 2-4 4-4 1 11 12 1 2 0 2 3 20
Bryce Dejean-Jones 22:00 2-8 1-3 0-0 1 4 5 2 1 0 0 0 5
Quintrell Thomas 10:00 4-5 0-0 0-0 1 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 8
Anthony Marshall 36:00 3-7 3-6 0-0 1 2 3 4 2 3 5 0 9
Khem Birch 25:00 3-6 0-0 5-6 4 5 9 1 1 2 3 1 11
Justin Hawkins 21:00 2-5 1-4 1-2 1 4 5 2 1 0 1 0 6
Savon Goodman 11:00 1-2 0-0 1-2 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 3
Carlos Lopez-Sosa 10:00 1-3 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 2
Daquan Cook 4:00 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2
Barry Cheaney 1:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 26-57 8-22 13-18 11 29 40 14 15 7 12 5 73
  45.6% 36.4% 72.2% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 12