The UNLV Rebels opened up a 10-point halftime lead and were never threatened as the cold-shooting San Jose State Spartans were held to a season-low in scoring in a 70-46 drubbing at the Event Center Wednesday night.
The Spartans (6-15, 0-9 Mountain West Conference) shot a season-worst 28.8 percent from the floor as the Rebels (14-7, 5-3) got the lead to double digits early, going up 18-7 with 10:49 left in the first half. San Jose State never got closer than eight after that.
Deville Smith and Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 13 points each to pace the Rebels, while Roscoe Smith had 12 points and 15 rebounds and Khem Birch logged six blocked shots.
Jaleel Williams had 16 points and nine rebounds for the Spartans and Rashad Muhammad scored 13 points.
UNLV was 21-for-47 (44.7 percent) overall, 8-for-18 (44.4 percent) from deep and 20-for-27 (74.1 percent) from the free-throw stripe. San Jose State was 17-for-59 (28.8 percent), 3-for-21 (14.3 percent) and 9-for-11 (81.8 percent).
The Rebels had a sizeable edge in rebounding, 40-31, and committed eight turnovers, while the Spartans had just five giveaways.
San Jose State visits New Mexico on Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific. The Lobos notched a 69-65 win at the Event Center on Jan. 11.