Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 | 10:40 a.m.
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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.