Rebels destroy Tennessee State.

UNLV used two big runs, one in each half, to dismantle the Tigers of Tennesee State before an announced crowd of 9,984 at the Thomas and Mack Center Friday night.

UNLV used two big runs, one in each half, to dismantle the Tigers of Tennesee State before an announced crowd of 9,984 at the Thomas and Mack Center Friday night.

After falling behind early, the Rebels utilized a 18-1 run early in the game to turn a 13-6 deficit into a 24-14 lead. The Rebels headed into the locker room with a 41-34 edge.

The Tigers started the second half quickly, outscoring the Rebels 8-2 to cut the lead to just one. The Rebels then turned it up a notch and went on a game deciding 25-4 run over the next five minutes to ensure the victory.

The game featured great outside shooting and not so great perimeter defense by both teams. Tennessee State scorched the Rebels for 13-29 from three point range. But the Rebels also shot well, connecting on 7-16 three pointers.

Marcus Banks, who set career highs in his previous two games against Texas and UNR, set a new career high with 29 points on 9-13 shooting. Banks, who has struggled from the free throw line, also connected on 9-10 free throws. Banks also added 6 assists, 4 rebounds and 5 steals to round out his night.

Lou Kelly sparked the Rebels off the bench once again. Kelly scored 21 points and 4 rebounds in just 23 minutes. Kelly started the second half.

Dalron Johnson had 19 points and 10 rebounds. He connected on 6-7 shots from the field and 7-8 from the free throw line.

The victory lifts the Rebels to 6-4 on the season. The Rebels next face Old Dominion in a rare Sunday night game at the Thomas and Mack Center. Tipoff is 7:00 pm.


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