Blown out at BYU, 90-63

PROVO -- UNLV's first appearance in the Top 25 in 14 years will likely be a very short one. It's doubtful the Runnin' Rebels (19-5, 6-3) did much to impress voters with a lackluster 90-63 loss to hot-shooting BYU (17-6, 7-2) in front of a crowd of 15,899 at the Marriott Center on Saturday afternoon here.

It was UNLV's worst loss since a nationally televised 94-60 shellacking at Missouri on Feb. 15, 2004. It also knocked the Rebels out a three-way tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference.

The Cougars hit an amazing 68.2 percent (15 of 22) 3-pointers to break their school record for most treys in a game. And senior guard Mike Rose (game-high 27 points) tied his school record with eight 3-pointers, including five straight in a seven minute span in the first half.

By the time Rose finally missed from behind the arc, the Cougars already led, 44-30.

The Rebels were still within striking distance at halftime, 49-34, but BYU blew the came open with a 10-2 run to start the second half highlighted by a pair of 3-pointers by guard Austin Ainge (17 points, 3 of 4 3-pointers).

The Cougars never led by fewer than 19 points after that.

"That was just total domination by BYU," UNLV coach Lon Kruger said. "They played great. We got on our heels early and they just kept playing better. And we didn't do much about it to change the direction of it."

"They came out real intense," Rebel forward Wendell White, who finished with just 11 points and five rebounds in 25 minutes of action, said. "I wouldn't say we weren't focused. We were just … I don't know the word for it. We weren't into the game at all."

White said he felt Rose's 3-point shooting display was a big key in the loss.

"That really hurt our defense," White said. "Pretty much I think he was the "X" factor tonight. Scoring 27 points … I don't know how many 3's he had. It seemed like he had 15 or something."

Actually Rose was ONLY 8 of 10 from 3-point range.

Kruger was asked what he told him team after the one-sided defeat.

"(That) we've got to get a lot better," he said. "We've got to work harder and make a lot of progress.

"We've got to learn from this. Anytime you get whipped like that you've got to learn from it and get better."

Guard Wink Adams led UNLV in scoring with 14 while center Joel Anthony added 12 points, five rebounds, two blocks and two steals.


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