No. 21 UNLV easily dispatched Canisius on Saturday evening at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, 89-74.
The Golden Griffins kept the game close through much of the first half, trailing 31-28 with 5:05 remaining before halftime. The Rebels then went on a 18-8 run to close out the half thanks to big contribution from forward Khem Birch off the bench.
Canisius closed the gap once more to 57-54 midway through the the second half before UNLV pulled away once more, allowing the Rebels a 24-10 run to take control of the game. UNLV shot 59.6 percent in the win, getting credit for 24 total assists and 13 blocks in what was, at times, a dominant performance.
Birch finished with 20 points and six blocks, while forward Anthony Bennett put up 21 points and seven rebounds while hitting on 3-of-5 from long range.
UNLV (11-1) next takes on No. 23 UNC at the Dean E. Smith Center on Dec. 29.