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                    === Bennett lifts UNLV over Canisius ===
 
 Las  Vegas, NV  (Sports Network)  - Anthony  Bennett had  21 points  and seven
 rebounds in No. 21 UNLV's 89-74 win over Canisius.
 
 Khem  Birch  tallied 20 points, eight  rebounds and six blocks for the Runnin'
 Rebels  (11-1), who have won nine in a row since suffering their first loss to
 Oregon on Nov. 23.
 
 "I  tell the  guys all the time that  whoever is open is going to get the ball
 and  we did  a great  job in  sharing the  ball, making  extra passes.  It was
 certainly  a  team effort tonight  against a  very good basketball team," UNLV
 head coach Dave Rice said.
 
 Billy  Baron  netted 30  points to go  with six assists  and five rebounds for
 Canisius (8-3), which was coming off a win at Temple.
 
 "We  only got eight foul shots and they got 20," Canisius head coach Jim Baron
 said. "We gotta get it inside. We gotta use our bigs inside to get it down low
 and get to the free throw line."
 
 Canisius  hung around  for the first 25 minutes and Jordan Heath's dunk pulled
 the  Golden Griffins within 57-52, but UNLV countered with a 21-8 run to seize
 control of the contest.
 
 Justin Hawkins,  who had all 12 of his points during the surge,  capped with a
 three-point play for a 78-60 UNLV advantage with 6:12 to play.
 
 The margin peaked at 20 during the closing moments.
 
 Earlier,  an  Alshwan Hymes jumper at  the buzzer pulled Canisius within 46-39
 heading into the break.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Harold  Washington  poured in 17 points  for the Golden Griffins ... UNLV shot
 59.6  percent (34-of-57) from the field and 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from beyond
 the arc.
 
 
 12/23 02:59:49 ET

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