Updated at: 11/17/2012 11:35 PM
By ADAM SOBOLESKI
(AP) LAS VEGAS - Mike Moser scored 19 points with 10 rebounds, while Justin Hawkins added 16 points to lead the No. 18 UNLV Rebels past Jacksonville State 77-58 Saturday night at the Global Sports Classic.
Anthony Bennett had 12 points, nine rebounds, and three blocks for UNLV (2-0).
Katin Reinhardt and Anthony Marshall each had 11 points for the Rebels, who outrebounded the Gamecocks 41-24.
UNLV, which never trailed, built a 36-16 lead with 19:36 left. The Gamecocks cut it to 62-51 with 5:44 remaining, but the Rebels scored the game’s next five points.
Ronnie Boggs led Jacksonville State (3-1) with 16 points and nine rebounds.
The Gamecocks’ 3-0 start was their best since they became a Division I program before the 1995-96 season.
The Rebels, who led 32-14 at halftime, ended the first half on 14-2 run.
In the first half, Moser finished with 12 points and Hawkins had 11. The Gamecocks were 5 of 23 from the field in the half.
This was the second game of the Classic for the Rebels. They defeated Northern Arizona 92-54 earlier in the week at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas.
This was Jacksonville State’s first game in the Classic and on the road.
The Gamecocks travel to Oregon for their second game Monday. The final two rounds will be played at the Thomas & Mack Center next Friday and Saturday.
UNLV will play Oregon in the third round next Friday night.
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