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Blog: Roscoe Smith notches 7th double-double in 82-50 victory

The Rebels dominate Sacred Heart from teh beginning in 32-point win. UNLV is back in action on Sunday at Orleans Arena

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UNLV guard Bryce Dejean Jones takes a turnover up court against Sacred Heart during their game Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Updated Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 | 8:55 p.m.

UNLV vs. Sacred Heart

UNLV forward Roscoe Smith holds a rebound away from Sacred Heart during their game Friday, Dec. 20, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Launch slideshow »

UNLV 82, Sacred Heart 50

Game over

Khem Birch scored 17 points, Roscoe Smith registered his seventh double-double of the season and the Rebels easily defeated Sacred Heart 82-50 tonight at the Thomas & Mack Center.

UNLV returns to action at Orleans Arena on Sunday against Santa Clara. Then it will face either Mississippi State or South Florida on Monday before breaking for Christmas.

Roscoe Smith finished with 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 14. Overall the team shot 44.4 percent from the field and almost from the very beginning there was no doubt which team was gonig to win.

Check lasvegassun.com later tonight for a full report from the Rebels' victory.

 

UNLV's two-game winning streak should turn into three in a few hours after facing Sacred Heart (2-9) at the Thomas & Mack Center. The game tips at 7 p.m. and will stream on UNLVRebels.com via the Mountain West Network.

The Rebels (5-4) didn’t have any problems after the first eight minutes against Radford on Wednesday, when they won 81-62. The players all seem to be looking forward to the quick turnaround and the chance to play another game so quickly. However, we’ll see if fatigue factors in for any of them.

That’s unlikely tonight, though it may became a factor on Sunday or Monday when the Rebels shift over to Orleans Arena for their final games before taking a break for Christmas. Those games should also present a few more challenges as far as actual on-court play, too.

Tonight is another game the Rebels should breeze through, their third in a row. That doesn’t mean it will be over immediately but UNLV, even with its faults, is by far the superior team.

Bern’s prediction: The Rebels’ goal is for another one-sided affair with no injuries and little doubt about the outcome in the second half. I think they’ll get it. UNLV 78, Sacred Heart 58

Season: ATS 6-3, O/U 6-3

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

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