Air Force MBB hosts UNLV
Jan. 8, 2018

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THE GAME

Air Force closes a two-game conference home stand by hosting UNLV Wednesday, Jan. 10, at 8 p.m. MT in Clune Arena. The Falcons have four of their first six Mountain West games on the road.    

 

BROADCAST INFORMATION

Television: AT&T SN (Drew Goodman, Sed Bonner)

Radio:........ KVOR AM 740 (Jim Arthur)

 

THE BREAKDOWN

Quick Facts         Air Force                                             UNLV

Record:............ 6-9                                                         12-4

Conf. Record:... 0-3                                                         1-2

Streak:............. L 3                                                          L 1

Last Game:....... vs. Nevada (1/6)                              vs. Utah State (1/6)

Result:............. L 75-86                                               L 78-85

Next Game:..... at San Jose State (1/13)                New Mexico (1/17)

Conference:..... Mountain West                                Mountain West

Nickname:....... Falcons                                                 Runnin’ Rebels

Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO                     Las Vegas, NV

Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com                UNLVRebels.com

 

THE COACHES

Category              Air Force                                             UNLV

Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich  Marvin Menzies

Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986                          UCLA, 1987

School Record.. 78-103 (6th season)                        18-18 (2nd season)

Career Record.. Same                                                    221-136 (11th season)

 

THE SERIES

Overall.................................... UNLV leads 35-13

First Meeting........................... Jan. 10, 1981 at USAFA (Air Force, 51-50)

Last Meeting........................... Feb. 22, 2017 at USAFA (Air Force, 81-58)

Streaks.................................... Air Force W 1

 

THE SERIES

Air Force and UNLV are meeting 49th time overall. The Rebels lead the overall series, 35-13, including a 33-12 mark in conference games. Air Force is 2-24 all-time in Las Vegas and 11-11 at home. The teams split last season’s series, each winning at home, for the second straight season. UNLV defeated Air Force, 87-85, in double overtime in Las Vegas while the Falcons won, 81-58, at the Academy.

Air Force is 5-6 in the last 11 meetings dating back to 2013 vs. UNLV. The series began Jan. 10, 1981 at the Academy resulting in a 51-50 Air Force win.

 

LAST SEASON VS. UNLV

(Feb. 22, 2017 at USAFA) Senior Hayden Graham had a historic night to lead Air Force past UNLV, 81-58, in a Mountain West game at Clune Arena. The victory snapped a six-game losing streak for the Falcons.

Graham scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds to surpass the 500-rebound mark for his career and become the eighth player in Air Force history with 1,000-plus points and 500-plus rebounds. He became the 24th player in school history to hit the century mark earlier this season.

Fellow senior Zach Kocur got the Falcons rolling early, scoring the first nine points for Air Force with three 3-pointers as the Falcons build an early 14-4 lead. UNLV used a 9-0 run to take its first lead, 21-20, with 9:57 remaining in the half. The Falcons took the lead for good, 27-26, on a three-point play by Frank Toohey with 3:23 remaining in the first stanza.  The three-point play keyed a 14-2 run to close the half and give Air Force a 38-38 halftime lead.

Air Force used a 12-5 spurt to open the second half to take a 50-33 lead with 15:37 left. UNLV was never able to get closer than 13 points after that. Air Force built to the lead to as many as 27 points, 75-48, with 5:05 to play. The 27-point lead is the biggest by the Falcons in a conference game this season.

Kocur finished with 16 points, while Pervis Louder matched his career high with 13 points. Freshman Lavelle Scottie added a career-high 12 points and Jacob Van chipped in with 10 points and a team-best four assists.

The Falcons finished the game hitting 47.4 percent from the field and 53.8 percent from three, hitting a season-best 14 3-pointers. Air Force out-rebounded UNLV, 34-30, and forced 15 turnovers while turning it over just 10 times. Air Force had 20 assists and 27 field goals.

UNLV hit just 38.0 percent from the field, including 33.3 from three. Tyrell Green led the Runnin’ Rebels with 11 points. Jalen Poyser and Jovan Mooring chipped in with 10 points each.

 

(Jan. 21, 2017 at UNLV) Air Force and UNLV played another classic multiple-overtime game at the Thomas and Mack Center. The Rebels beat Air Force, 87-85, in double overtime Jan. 21.

Jovan Mooring scored a game-high 30 points and sent the game into overtime with a desperation, banked-in 3-pointer as time expired in regulation to tie the game at 58-all. In the second overtime, it was Jacob Van’s turn, as he hit a runner from 3-point land to tie the game at 70-all to force a second overtime. In the second extra session, the Rebels hit five straight free throws in the final 17 seconds to hold off Air Force for the win.

Christian Jones added 15 points and six rebounds for the Rebels, while Tyrell Green added 12 points and Uche Ofoegbu had 10 points.

Air Force was led by Hayden Graham, who notched his second double-double of the season with 22 points and 10 rebounds. Van added 17 points, six rebounds and a team-high four assists. Zach Kocur added 16 points and eight rebounds while Frank Toohey chipped in with 10 points and eight rebounds. The Falcons hit just 37.5 percent from the field, but held UNLV to just 33.8 percent shooting. Both teams had 56 rebounds and just 10 turnovers.

 

AIR FORCE LAST WEEK

Caleb Martin scored 23 points and Kendall Stephens added 21 to lead defending conference champion Nevada past Air Force, 86-75, in Mountain West men’s basketball action Saturday afternoon in Clune Arena at the Air Force Academy.

Air Force got off to a great start against the defending conference champions and led by as many as 11 points in the first half, 32-21, with 6:45 left. The Wolf Pack stayed on the attack and closed the first half on a 20-8 run from that point to take a 41-40 halftime lead.

Nevada broke a 50-all tie with a 16-5 spurt midway through the second half to take a 66-55 lead with 8:49 remaining. The Falcons battled back to cut the lead to five points, 70-65, with 5:25 remaining behind a 10-4 run led by seniors Jacob Van and Trevor Lyons with five points each. The Wolf Pack responded with eight straight to take their biggest lead of the game, 78-65, with 2:34 remaining.

Jordan Caroline scored 17 points and added eight rebounds for Nevada while Cody Martin chipped in with 14 points and eight rebounds. The Wolf Pack shot 52.7 percent from the field, including a 48.4 clip from 3-point territory. Nevada out-rebounded Air Force, 32-25, and had 16 assists on 29 made field goals.

Air Force was led by sophomore Lavelle Scottie, who scored 16 points and had four rebounds. He hit 6-10 field goals and 3-4 from three. Fellow sophomore Ryan Swan added 15 points and a team-best six rebounds. Swan also added a career-best two blocked shots and has scored in double figures in all three games he’s started this season. Van added 12 points while Lyons finished with 11 points and a season-best six assists. Freshman Keaton Van Soelen, who started his second-career game, chipped in with six points, three rebounds, two assists, a block and a steal in a career-best 34 minutes.

The Falcons hit 52.7 percent from the field and 38.1 percent from three. The team entered the game hitting 37.9 percent from the field and 27.3 from three in conference play. Air Force topped the 50-percent mark for the third time this season and the 52.7 clip is the team’s third-best effort of the season and second straight at home. The Falcons had 14 assist and just 11 turnovers.


 

 

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