LAS VEGAS - Nevada-Las Vegas showed how good it can be this season in the first half against Hawaii. The 24th-ranked Rebels then pulled away late after the Warriors made it close in the second half.
Anthony Bennett had 16 points eight rebounds, and three blocks to lead UNLV past Hawaii 77-63 as the Rebels built a 22-point halftime lead thanks to good ball movement.
UNLV (5-1) shot 59 percent from the field and 5-of-7 from 3-point range in the opening 20 minutes.
Hawaii’s Vander Joaquim is restrained by a referee, while teammate Jace Tavita bumps into UNLV’s Justin Hawkins during the second half on Saturday at Las Vegas. UNLV won 77-63.
"It was a total team effort, building the lead, and sharing the ball (in the first half)," said Rebels coach Dave Rice, whose team had 12 first-half assists. "We lost our intensity a little bit in the second half. I and the coaching staff have to figure out a way at halftime. I told the guys, let's keep getting 22-point halftime leads."
Christian Standhardinger tied a career high with 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Hawaii (4-2). He was 9-of-24 from the field.
"Christian could drive (by) their bigs," Hawaii coach Gib Arnold said. "(UNLV) had trouble adapting to his aggressiveness. He played really well in the second half. I thought he was the most aggressive player out there."
AP TOP 25
No. 1 Indiana 87, Coppin St. 51
No. 2 Duke 88, Delaware 50
No. 3 Michigan 74, Bradley 66
No. 4 Ohio St. 70, Northern Kentucky 43
No. 5 Louisville 69, Illinois St. 66
Baylor 64, No. 8 Kentucky 55
No. 9 Arizona 85, Texas Tech 57
No. 11 Creighton 80, Saint Joseph's 51
No. 12 Gonzaga 85, Pacific 67
No. 13 Michigan St. 84, Nicholls St. 39
No. 14 North Carolina 102, UAB 84
Virginia Tech 81, No. 15 Oklahoma St. 71
No. 16 Missouri 72, Appalachian St. 56
No. 17 Cincinnati 58, Alabama 56
Wyoming 76, No. 19 Colorado 69
No. 21 Minnesota 87, North Florida 59
No. 23 San Diego St. 78, UCLA 69
No. 24 UNLV 77, Hawaii 63
No. 25 New Mexico 77, Indiana St. 68, OT
But the Warriors were missing 3-pointers, going 1-of-18.?The Rebels were 7-of-15 from 3-point range.
"When you go 1-of-18, you aren't going to beat this team," Arnold said. "I thought UNLV hit us in the first half. We were on our heels and they were playing inspired basketball. We took it to them in the second half. We didn't rebound well and we didn't drive well (in the first half)."
Savon Goodman added 13 points and seven rebounds for UNLV, which saw its lead trimmed to eight with about 6 minutes left as Hawaii went to a zone.
Vander Joaquim, who hit the Warriors' only 3-pointer, added 12 points and nine rebounds. Hawaii had been off for 10 days and was playing its first road game.
The Rebels outscored the Warriors 21-4 in fast-break points and 34-12 in bench points.
UNLV led 49-23 with 48 seconds to go until halftime. It led 49-27 at intermission.