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Runnin' Rebels Win At Air Force, 81-76

Jan. 10, 2018


 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, COLO. (UNLVRebels.com) - The UNLV men's basketball team (13-4, 2-2 MW) defeated Air Force, 81-76, Wednesday night at Clune Arena. It was the Runnin’ Rebels’ third straight road victory and their seventh overall win in their last nine games.

Four UNLV players scored in double figures: senior guard Jordan Johnson (20), junior guard Kris Clyburn (16), senior guard Jovan Mooring (15) and freshman forward Tervell Beck (12).

Air Force (6-10, 0-4 MW) was led by Lavelle Scottie’s game-high 26 points.

THE TURNING POINT: Mooring made a deep 3-pointer with 18 seconds remaining to give UNLV a 5-point lead (80-75). Johnson also made some big plays near the end of the game, including a 3-pointer with 4:24 left to give the Runnin’ Rebels the lead for good.

RUNNIN' REBELS OF THE GAME: Johnson was 5 of 9 from the field, including 3 of 4 on 3-pointers and was 7 of 8 from the free-throw line. He also had four assists and three steals. Mooring was 5 of 10 shooting overall, including 4 of 8 on 3-pointers. He also had four assists and recorded a steal.

STAT OF THE GAME: UNLV shot a season-high-tying 63.0 percent from the field (29 of 46) for the game after making 68.2 percent (15 of 22) in the first half. The Runnin’ Rebels shot 50 percent from 3-point range (9 of 18) for the game.

QUOTABLE: “I am proud of the guys’ energy and was really impressed with our effort. There are a lot of things to clean up and work on, but I do think the thing that was lacking the last couple of games was that Runnin’ Rebel pride and the energy that is necessary to don this uniform. I think we had it tonight.” - UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies.  

NOTES: 
- It was UNLV’s first win at Air Force since 2014.
- UNLV had twice as many assists as Air Force, 18-9.
- UNLV held Air Force to 41.0 percent shooting from the field and 30.0 percent on 3-pointers.
- UNLV led by as many as 13 points in the first half, before Air Force cut it to one with 2:19 until halftime.
- UNLV never trailed in the game.
- Air Force had 16 offensive rebounds and led in second-chance points, 19-2.
- UNLV has now made at least one 3-pointer in 1,023 straight games.
- UNLV used the same starting lineup for the 17th straight game.

NEXT FOR THE RUNNIN’ REBELS: UNLV will have a bye this weekend and will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 17 vs. New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 7 p.m. game will be a Black Out. Fans are encouraged to wear black UNLV gear to the game and the first 750 students in attendance will receive a free black t-shirt. 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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