UNLV connected on 68% of their field goal attempts in the second half to pull away from the Demons. The Rebels led by only two points at intermission.
With UNLV in heavy foul trouble in the first half, Depaul was able to eat into a double digit Rebel lead. Starters Marcus Banks and Dalron Johnson saw limited action in the first half with two and three fouls respectively.
Depaul was also shorthanded. They entered the game without two starters, Imari Sawyer and Sam Hoskin, who were both suspended. To make matters worse for Depaul, Rashon Burno, who was leading the Blue Demons in scoring at the time, left the game with a mild concussion in the first half.
The Rebels used a decisive 12-2 run midway through the second half to turn a tie game into a 63-53 advantage. UNLV never looked back as the Blue Demons were able to get no closer than six points the rest of the way.
The Rebels had six players register double digit points, including career highs for freshman Louis Amundson and seniors Jevon Banks and Chris Richardson.
Lou Kelly led the Rebels with 19 points and 7 assists.
The victory brings the Rebels overall record to 11-7. UNLV dives back into
conference action with a game at New Mexico Tuesday night.