Jovan Mooring hit a deep 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to lead UNLV past Air Force, 81-76, Wednesday night in a Mountain West Conference game in Clune Arena at the Academy.
Pervis Louder hit a driving layup to cut the UNLV lead to 77-75, with 47 seconds left before Mooring hit the three at the end of the shot clock. Following an Air Force miss, Mooring hit one of two free throws to make it 81-75 with 11 seconds left. Ryan Swan added a late free throw for Air Force to make up the final margin.
Air Force never led in the game and overcame an 11-point first half deficit and tied the game on two occasions in the second half, the last coming at 68-all with 5:14 left. UNLV extended the lead to seven points, 77-70, with 1:12 remaining. Lavelle Scottie hit a three following two missed free throws by UNLV and the Falcons got a stop to set up the drive by Louder.
UNLV hit 63 percent from the field, including a 68.2 clip in the first half to take a 43-37 halftime lead. The Rebels hit 50 percent from three on nine of 18 shooting. UNLV was led by Jordan Johnson, who scored 20 points. Kris Clyburn added 16 points, Mooring 15 and Tervell Beck 12.
Scottie led the Falcons with 26 points which is his most in a conference game and just one off his career high. He added six rebounds and a career-best four threes. Swan added career highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. Frank Toohey chipped in with 11 points. The Falcons hit 41 percent from the field and 30 percent from three, but out-rebounded the much-bigger Runnin’ Rebels, 33-29. Air Force out-scored UNLV in second chance points, 19-2.
Air Force fell to 6-10 overall and 0-4 in conference play. UNLV improved to 13-4 overall and 2-2 in the Mountain West. Air Force plays at San Jose State Saturday, Jan. 13, at 2 p.m. PT.