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         === Cyclones hope to blow past 18th-ranked Runnin' Rebels ===
 
 Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - The 18th-ranked UNLV Rebels will try to avoid
 consecutive setbacks as they host the Iowa State Cyclones at the Thomas & Mack
 Center in the third-place game of the Global Sports Classic.
 
 The Cyclones will also try to avoid their first losing streak of the season
 after dropping a 78-70 decision to No. 22 Cincinnati on Friday. Iowa State
 opened the season with four convincing wins over Southern (82-59), Alabama A&M
 (98-40), Campbell (88-68) and North Carolina A&T (86-57) before the Bearcats
 derailed its streak. The Cyclones came into the contest with ridiculously-high
 averages of 88.5 points, 49.0 rebounds, and 17.8 assists per game. Although
 the team was unable to achieve those marks versus Cincy, it still could have
 come out on top had it made more than 12-of-21 at the free throw line.
 
 The Runnin' Rebels were very impressive in earlier routs of Northern Arizona
 (92-54) and Jacksonville State (83-79). But UNLV's defense was not able to
 deliver the same stifling performance versus Oregon in its 83-79 loss in the
 semifinals. The defeat ended the team's 20-game home winning streak and
 dropped its record this season to 2-1. Coach Dave Rice's team came into the
 game shooting 48.7 percent from the floor, but managed to make only 24-of-67
 attempts from the floor (.358) versus the Ducks. The Runnin' Rebels did manage
 to convert 23-of-25 at the charity stripe, but that was not enough to overcome
 their first loss in the rebounding battle or 18 costly turnovers.
 
 This bout marks the first meeting between these schools on the basketball
 court.
 
 Iowa State's eight-point loss to the nationally-ranked Bearcats was remarkably
 close considering its leading scorer, Will Clyburn, put forth a terrible 2-
 of-14 shooting performance. The senior guard was held to a season-low eight
 points in the loss, while second-leading scorer, freshman forward Georges
 Niang, tallied only five points and went 0-of-5 at the charity stripe. Tyrus
 McGee came off the bench to score a season-high 22 points, but the team
 struggled overall with a 35-of-67 showing on field goal attempts.
 
 Last season, UNLV ran its offense through Mike Moser, and the power forward
 thrived in the leadership role with averages of 14 ppg and 10.5 rpg. The
 Runnin' Rebels had one of the top recruiting classes in the nation in the
 offseason, but the new mix of players didn't jell versus Oregon. Freshman
 sensation Anthony Bennett recorded his first career double-double with 22
 points and 10 rebounds, but Moser tallied just nine points on 2-of-6 shooting
 from the field. The starting backcourt duo of Katin Reinhardt and Bruce
 Dejean-Jones combined for 29 points, but they also combined to go 9-of-27 from
 the floor. Reinhardt's three-point shooting (4-of-8) did play a vital role.
 
 
 
 11/24 10:43:57 ET

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