RUNNIN’ REBELS DEFEAT AIR FORCE 81-73 FOR THIRD STRAIGHT WIN

LAS VEGAS (UNLVRebels.com) – Senior guard Jovan Mooring scored a game-high 24 points and four other Runnin’ Rebels recorded double figures in scoring as the UNLV men’s basketball team (19-7, 8-5 MW) defeated Air Force 81-73 Wednesday at the Thomas & Mack Center.

It was the Runnin’ Rebels’ third straight win, fourth in a row at home and fifth victory in their last six games overall.

Senior guard Jordan Johnson and freshman forward Tervell Beck each scored 16 points, while junior guard Kris Clyburn and freshman forward Brandon McCoy both added 10 points. McCoy pulled down a game-high 13 rebounds for his 14th double-double of the year, and junior forward Shakur Juiston had 12 rebounds.

The Falcons (10-14, 4-8 MW) had four players score in double figures, led by Trevor Lyons’ 19 points and eight rebounds.

THE TURNING POINT: With a one-point lead at 67-66, Mooring made a long 3-pointer to give the Runnin’ Rebels a four-point advantage (70-66) with 2:15 to go. UNLV increased its lead from there to 10 points with 44 seconds to play.

STATS OF THE GAME: UNLV made 52.9 percent of its 3-pointers (9 of 17) and out-rebounded Air Force 52-25. However, UNLV did commit 18 turnovers to the Falcons’ eight.

RUNNIN’ REBEL OF THE GAME: Mooring was 7 of 12 from the field, including 5 of 9 on 3-pointers. He also had five assists.

QUOTABLE: “Mad respect, as the kids say, for Air Force and their program. Just tough, disciplined kids. They made big shots and shots under pressure. This Rebel-Falcon game is just one of those games where it’s never over until it’s over. It’s always going to be exciting, you are going to see some big 3s and some stellar defense at times. Our first-half defense was phenomenal, best of the year. They got freed up in the second half, started making some threes, getting their backdoors. We did the right things in winning time and were able to prevail. It is conference and right now you want to just keep chalking up wins. We were able to do that tonight against a team that is playing very good basketball right now. I’m very proud of our guys.” – UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.

NOTES:
– UNLV opened the game with a 13-2 lead and led by as many as 15 in the first half.
– UNLV is in third place in the Mountain West standings.
– UNLV’s only loss during the last six games was by two points in overtime at Boise State.
– UNLV improved to 4-3 at home in MW play.
– UNLV is now 25-2 all-time vs. Air Force at home and has won five straight over the Falcons at the Thomas & Mack Center.
– UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,032 straight games.
– UNLV led by six at the half, 31-25.
– UNLV out-scored Air Force 30-16 in points in the paint.
– Air Force led in points off turnovers, 21-6.
– UNLV led in second-chance points, 18-7.
– Air Force’s bench out-scored UNLV’s 27-11.

NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: The Runnin’ Rebels will head back out on the road and play at San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 17 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised by CBS Sports Network. UNLV’s next home game at the Thomas & Mack Center will be on Wednesday, Feb. 21 vs. Fresno State at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

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