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.
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.