Air Force opens a two-game road trip by traveling to Las Vegas, Nev., to take on UNLV Wednesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. PT in the Thomas & Mack Center (18,000). UNLV defeated Air Force, 81-76, earlier this season in Clune Arena. The Falcons conclude the trip at Boise State Saturday, Feb. 17, at Noon MT.
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Quick Facts Air Force UNLV
Record:............ 10-13 18-7
Conf. Record:... 4-7 7-5
Streak:............. W 2 W 2
Last Game:....... vs. New Mexico (2/10) vs. Wyoming (2/10)
Result:............. W 100-92 W 85-70
Next Game:..... at Boise State (2/17) at San Diego State (2/17)
Conference:..... Mountain West Mountain West
Nickname:....... Falcons Runnin’ Rebels
Location:.......... Colorado Springs, CO Las Vegas, NV
Website:......... GoAirForceFalcons.com UNLVRebels.com
Category Air Force UNLV
Head Coach..... Dave Pilipovich Marvin Menzies
Alma Mater..... Thiel College, 1986 UCLA, 1987
School Record.. 82-107 (6th season) 29-28 (2nd season)
Career Record.. Same 227-139 (11th season)
Overall.................................... UNLV leads 36-13
First Meeting........................... Jan. 10, 1981 at USAFA (Air Force, 51-50)
Last Meeting........................... Jan. 10, 2018 at USAFA (UNLV, 81-76)
Streaks.................................... UNLV W 1
Air Force and UNLV are meeting 50th time overall. The Rebels lead the overall series, 36-13, including a 34-12 mark in conference games. Air Force is 2-24 all-time in Las Vegas and has lost four straight at UNLV since a 75-68 win Jan. 4, 2014. Air Force is 5-7 in the last 12 meetings dating back to 2013 vs. UNLV. The series began Jan. 10, 1981 at the Academy resulting in a 51-50 Air Force win.
EARLIER THIS SEASON VS. UNLV
Jovan Mooring hit a deep 3-pointer with 18 seconds left to lead UNLV past Air Force, 81-76, in Clune Arena.
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 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 starters for the UNLV game: Trevor Lyons (G), Jacob Van (G), Keaton Van Soelen (F), Lavelle Scottie (F) and Ryan Swan (C). The lineup started for the third straight game and is the sixth different lineup used in 16 games.
- Air Force hit 20 of 24 free throws, including 10 of 11 in the first half. The team’s 83.3 percentage is its fourth-best effort this season and best since hitting 86.4 percent (19-22) at Fresno State.
- Sophomore Lavelle Scottie scored 26 points to lead the Falcons in scoring. He has scored in double figures in three of Air Force’s four Mountain West games. Scottie has lead team in scoring a team-high seven times this season. His 26 points are a career best in a Mountain West game and just one off his career high of 27 points earlier this season vs. Western State. Scottie hit a career-best four threes.
- Sophomore Ryan Swan recorded then-career-highs of 16 points and eight rebounds. He also had 16 points earlier this season at UC Riverside.
- Senior Trevor Lyons scored seven points to move into a tie for 37th place on the Air Force career scoring list with 913 points. Lyons tied Tim Anderson (2004-08).
- Senior Frank Toohey scored 11 points. Toohey hit a season-best seven free throws. His previous best for free throws was six vs. Canisius Nov. 14.
LAST SEASON AT UNLV
(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.
AN AIR FORCE WIN WOULD.....
....split the season series between the two schools with each winning on the road.
....snap a four-game road losing streak to UNLV and be Air Force’s first win at the Thomas & Mack Center since a 75-68 win Jan. 4, 2014.
....improve Air Force to 6-7 in the last 13 games vs. UNLV.
....improve Air Force to 14-36 all-time vs. UNLV, including a 13-34 mark in conference games. The Falcons would also improve to 3-24 all-time at UNLV.
....be Air Force’s third conference road win of the season which would be the most since winning three in 2013-14. The team won at UNLV (75-68), San Jose State (51-48) and Wyoming (55-53) that year.
....give Air Force its first three-game conference winning streak since 2012-13 when the Falcons won four straight. That year the team beat Boise State (H), 91-80, Wyoming (A), 57-48, Fresno State (H), 62-50, and #22 San Diego State (H), 70-67.
AF COMING OFF TWO STRAIGHT WINS
Air Force defeated Colorado State, 78-73, Feb. 6 and New Mexico, 100-92, Feb. 10 in Clune Arena. The team’s current two-game winning streak is tied with UNLV and Fresno State as the best in the conference.
Air Force snapped a five-game home losing streak and took the season series vs. the Rams for the first time since 2008. The team’s 100 points vs. New Mexico set a school record for most points in a conference game, breaking the mark of 93 points set vs. BYU (91) Jan. 30, 1987.
Air Force posted its biggest turn-around win (29 points) since 2015-16 when the team defeated UNLV, 79-74, at home Feb. 16 after losing to the Runnin’ Rebels, 100-64 (36 points), Jan. 16 in Las Vegas. New Mexico defeated Air Force, 87-58, earlier this season in Albuquerque.
Air Force’s back-to-back conference home games are the first since 2015-16 when the Falcons beat UNLV, 79-74, Feb. 15 and New Mexico, 76-72, Feb. 20.
Air Force has been nominated for the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) team of the week for its performance.
AIR FORCE’S LAST GAME
Ryan Swan scored 17 points and grabbed a career-high 10 rebounds to lead five players in double figures as Air Force beat New Mexico, 100-92, Feb. 10 in Clune Arena at the Academy. Air Force’s 100 points set a school record for most in a conference game and are the most since scoring 93 vs. Brigham Young (91) Jan. 30, 1987. The Falcons shot 59 percent on 36 of 61 shooting, including a 67.6 clip in the second half. Air Force out-rebounded New Mexico, 33-24, and had 20 assists, five blocked shots and five dunks in the game. The Falcons out-scored New Mexico, 56-26, in the paint and led in bench scoring, 33-27.
Trevor Lyons added 16 points and five rebounds while Lavelle Scottie scored 15 points and had six rebounds. Caleb Morris came off the bench to score a career-high 14 points while Sid Tomes chipped in with 10 points and five assists.
Air Force opened the second half with a 12-0 run to take a 58-53 lead with 15:19 remaining. The Falcons held New Mexico, who hit 58.6 percent from the field in the first half, to 0-6 shooting during the run. Scottie started the run with a thunderous dunk and free throw and a three-point play by Lyons gave the Falcons their first lead of the game, 54-53.
New Mexico answered with a 12-4 run to regain the lead, 65-62, with 12:05 remaining. Air Force responded with a 15-2 run to take a 77-67 lead with 7:33 left. The Falcons extended the lead to 11 points, 82-71, with 6:20 left. New Mexico was never able to get closer than five points, 84-79, the rest of the way.
New Mexico was led by Makuach Maluach, who had 26 points. Anthony Mathis added 15 points, Sam Longwood 14, Troy Simons 11 and Chris McNeal and Antino Jackson had 10 each. The Lobos hit 50 percent from the field, but were held to 40.7 percent in the second half. New Mexico had 17 turnovers.