The UNLV Rebels shot better than 60 percent and eased past the Santa Clara Broncos Sunday night in the semifinals of the Las Vegas Classic at the Orleans Arena.
The Rebels (7-4) will face Mississippi State in Monday night’s championship game. The Bulldogs beat South Florida 71-66 in the first semifinal Sunday.
Deville Smith scored 21 points with five assists and three steals for UNLV, which led 47-38 at halftime. Roscoe Smith added 15 points, Khem Birch had 14 points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots and Jelan Kendrick and Bryce Dejean-Jones each scored 13 points. Kevin Olekaibe handed out five assists for the Rebels.
Jared Brownridge scored 22 points to lead the Broncos (6-6). Brandon Clark added 4 points and Jerry Brown had 13 points and five rebounds. Evan Roquemore notched three assists and John McArthur had five rebounds.
Santa Clara was 23-for-59 (39 percent) overall, 7-for-20 (35 percent) from 3-point range and 18-for-23 (78.3 percent) from the foul line.
UNLV was 34-for-56 (60.7 percent), 7-for-14 (50 percent) and 17-for-25 (68 percent).
The Rebels won the glass 32-21 and each team committed 12 turnovers.
The Broncos play South Florida (8-3) in the third-place game Monday at 5 p.m. Pacific.