Bennett Earns MW Player Of The Week Award

Dec. 10, 2012

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV freshman Anthony Bennett has been named the Mountain West Men's Basketball Player of the Week for games through December 9, the league announced Monday. This is the first MW weekly accolade for Bennett and also the Runnin' Rebels' first of the season.

Bennett, 6-8 forward from Brampton, Ontario, Canada, led No. 20/17 UNLV to a 2-0 record on the road last week with wins at Portland and at California. In Tuesday's 68-60 victory against the Pilots, he scored a game-high 18 points on 6-of-11 (.545) shooting from the field, while adding six rebounds, a career-high three steals and one blocked shot in 29 minutes of action. Bennett scored the Runnin' Rebels' first seven points of the contest, finishing with 11 overall in the opening 20 minutes of play.

On Sunday at Cal, Bennett tallied game- and career-highs of 25 points and 13 rebounds in recording his second double-double of the season. He was 9-of-17 (.529) from the field and also had a steal in 35 minutes of play. With the teams trading baskets and neither side holding more than a two-point lead down the stretch, Bennett scored six of the Runnin' Rebels' final eight points over the last 1:36 as UNLV earned the 76-75 victory.

For the week, Bennett averaged 21.5 points, 9.5 rebounds and 2.0 steals per game while shooting 53.6 percent (15-of-28) from the field and 63.2 percent (12-of-19) from the free throw line.

Bennett has scored in double figures in all eight of his games this season for UNLV (7-1) and has led the team in scoring seven times, including each of the last six games. He has tallied 22 or more points in a game four times this season

UNLV, which moved up one spot in each of the polls earlier today, will host La Verne this Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Orleans Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets for the game are just $10 if purchased in advance. The game will be televised locally on "Vegas TV" (KTUD) in partnership with UNLV-TV, a media unit within the Hank Greenspun School of Journalism and Media Studies.

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