There's a big man in the house

No, it wasn't Clarence Clemons patrolling the middle for UNLV in Friday night's 73-59 season-opening win over Hawaii at the Thomas & Mack Center. But 6-foot-9 senior Joel Anthony, who came within two rebounds and two blocks a triple-double, should ease fears of Runnin' Rebel fans worried about the team's center play.

Anthony finished with 10 points, 8 blocks and 8 rebounds and helped key a Runnin' Rebel defense that held the Warriors (0-1) without a field goal over the final six minutes of action.

Anthony has gone scoreless in the UNLV's 70-37 exhibition win over Dixie State College on Tuesday night causing some concern among some UNLV followers.

"I wasn't too concerned about that," Anthony said. "I knew I was kind of passive in that game. Today I just wanted to focus on being aggressive, playing hard and doing what I had to do to help my team win."

"Joel was great," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said. "That's what he's done every day in practice the last several months and even going back into last year. To see him transfer that, and to have that kind of success in the ballgame and block shots … I'm just really pleased to see him have that kind of a night."

Guard Wink Adams (16 points, 3 steals) broke a 50-50 tie with a four-point play with 8:14 to go and the Runnin' Rebels (1-0) never trailed again, outscoring Hawaii 15-2 over the final six minutes.

UNLV also got key performances by sophomore forward Joe Darger, who came off the bench to score 13 points including two big 3-pointers down the stretch, and senior point guard Kevin Kruger (12 points, 5 assists, 4 rebounds).

UNLV returns to action on Tuesday night against Eastern Washington at the Thomas & Mack.

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