"I wouldn't say their zone bothered us. Our shots weren't falling," Bennett insisted. "I'm mad. Disappointed. Just really mad."
Dejean-Jones tied Bennett for UNLV scoring honors with 15 points. Katin Reinhardt added 11 points for UNLV, which shot just 32.2 percent from the field.
NOTES: Asked about his future at UNLV after having completed his freshman season, Bennett said, "I try not to focus on it too much. I just try to play team basketball. I still have to finish out school and see how everything plays out." ... Cal began each half with a decisive scoring run -- 7-0 to open the game and 9-3 coming out of the intermission. ... UNLV coach Dave Rice downplayed what some were calling a "home" game for a 12-seed over a five seed. "We knew there would be an inherent advantage for them playing so close to their campus," he said. "It was just something that couldn't be helped." ... UNLV is one of just 11 schools to have made the NCAA Tournament in each of the past four seasons and six of the last seven. ... Cal's at-large invitation to the tournament was its fourth in Montgomery's five years as head coach. ... The win was No. 109 for Montgomery as Cal coach. Only the legendary Pete Newell had a better five-year run in Cal history, claiming 110 wins from 1955 to 1960.