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Runnin' Rebels Pull Away in Second Half for Victory
Runnin' Rebels Pull Away in Second Half for Victory

No. 21 UNLV won its first game back in the national rankings, using strong defense in Monday night's 81-63 victory over Louisiana-Monroe.

Chace Stanback shot 8-of-9 from 3-point range and scored a career-high 29 points.

"My teammates were really looking for me tonight and they were able to find me when I was open," said Stanback, whose previous career-high was 28 points in UNLV's win over then-No. 1 North Carolina on Nov. 26. "I was able to knock them down."

UNLV (12-2) had 11 steals and seven blocks.

"We do a good job forcing turnovers," UNLV coach Dave Rice said. "We scored 24 points off turnovers tonight and we get a lot of energy from our guys when we make plays like that. It wasn't just the steals, it was a collaborative effort on the defensive end, but it was sharing on the offensive end and our guys were looking for each other."

Carlos Lopez had 12 and nine rebounds for the Runnin' Rebels, while Oscar Bellfield had 10 points and four steals. UNLV was 14-of-23 from 3-point range (60 percent) and shot 58 percent overall.

"We talked with our team yesterday and in the shootaround today that these games can be difficult and after a big win on Saturday," Rice said. "Sometimes, a turnaround can be difficult. We knew we needed to be ready."

UNLV, which returned to the Top 25 earlier in the day after being out for two weeks, led by as many as 29 points in the second half.

"We tried to go out there with a lot of energy," Bellfield said. "We tried to take it to them and that's something we did. Coach just tells us to pick up our defense to get our offense going. If we know we play (defense), we can get our fast break going."