Rebels basketball:

UNLV pulls away in the second half for an 89-76 victory at Ottawa

Bryce Dejean-Jones and Savon Goodman take charge for the Rebels, who are now 2-0 in their four-game Canadian tour

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After stripping the ball, UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones keeps University of Ottawa guards Mehdi Tihani, left, and Caleb Agada at bay during the Rebels’ victory in Ottawa, Ontario, on Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

UNLV vs. University of Ottawa

UNLV forward Carlos Lopez steals the shoe of teammate Khem Birch before the Rebels game against the University of Ottawa at Montpetit Hall in Ottawa, Ontario Sunday, August 19, 2012. Birch, a Montreal native, was unable to play in the game because of transfer rules. Launch slideshow »

OTTAWA — Sophomore Bryce Dejean-Jones scored a team-leading 18 points, including 12 in the second half, and pulled down eight rebounds as UNLV pulled away from Ottawa for an 89-76 victory at Montpetit Hall.

Freshman Savon Goodman contributed 17 points and six rebounds in just 14 minutes, and senior Justin Hawkins chipped in 12 points and five rebounds.

UNLV actually trailed the Gee-Gees by three at halftime before finally pulling away in the second half. Several times the Rebels started a run that looked like it would put the game out of reach, but Ottawa kept fighting back.

Ottawa’s Johnny Berhanemeskel led all scorers with 22 points — all of them scored in the first half — and Mike L’Africain poured in 17.

UNLV eventually wore down the much smaller Gee-Gees’ roster and led by as much as 20 points in the final minutes.

The Rebels owned the rebounding battle, 45-29, and shot 52 percent from the field for the game. Ottawa shot 39 percent.

UNLV is now 2-0 on its four-game exhibition tour in Canada. Tomorrow, the team travels to Montreal to play Laval University. Then on Tuesday the Rebels play McGill University. Both games are on McGill’s campus.

Check lasvegassun.com later this afternoon for a full report from today’s game.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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  1. Let's see - 10 extra practices, 4 exhibition games, yeah, that's hard to figure out. *sigh*

  2. Some posts aren't even worth responding to.

  3. Struggling against Canadian teams that wouldn't be Division 1 in the USA is nothing to celebrate.

  4. Do these games hurt or help the Rebels chances of being ranked in the pre-season top 5?

    Good win Rebs.

  5. @Logic Why so negative? These are exhibition games. UNLV is playing in practice uniforms because that's what it is, practice. If you have watched any of the games you'd see that UNLV is giving significant minutes to the freshman. In fact, freshman guard Reinhardt leads the team in minutes played.

    The team is also playing with out both of our McDonald's All Americans, Bennett and Birch.

    These games won't have any impact on pre-season polls. I'd expect them to be more in the top 10 range.

  6. Even if the Rebels won all four games by 30 points, they would not be ranked in the top 5. I don't think that would even get them in the top 10.

  7. UNLV was talked about being top 10 BEFORE they signed Anthony Bennett the #1 PF in the nation.

    http://www.sbnation.com/ncaa-basketball/...

  8. and here (before bennett, roscoe smith, and savon goodman):

    http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/04/30/r...