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Las Vegas, NV (Sports Network) - Anthony Bennett had 21 points and seven rebounds in No. 21 UNLV's 89-74 win over Canisius.

Khem Birch tallied 20 points, eight rebounds and six blocks for the Runnin' Rebels (11-1), who have won nine in a row since suffering their first loss to Oregon on Nov. 23.

Billy Baron netted 30 points to go with six assists and five rebounds for Canisius (8-3), which was coming off a win at Temple.

Canisius hung around for the first 25 minutes and Jordan Heath's dunk pulled the Golden Griffins within 57-52, but UNLV countered with a 21-8 run to seize control of the contest.

Hawkins, who had all 12 of his points during the surge, capped with a three-point play for a 78-60 UNLV advantage with 6:12 to play.

The margin peaked at 20 during the closing moments.

Earlier, an Alshwan Hymes jumper at the buzzer pulled Canisius within 46-39 heading into the break.

GAME NOTES: Harold Washington poured in 17 points for the Golden Griffins ... UNLV shot 59.6 percent (34-of-57) from the field and 46.2 percent (6-of-13) from beyond the arc.

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