Game Recap: UNLV blows by Air Force, 69-53




Willis, Stanback score 20 each in first round of Mountain West Tournament.

Anthony Marshall was held scoreless, but that didn't slow down a Runnin' Rebel team who broke through their traditional offensive slumps against Air Force to beat the Falcons, 69-53. Tre'Von Willis and Chace Stanback combined for 40 points, 20 each. Willis also led the team in rebounds and steals, 7 and 8 respectively. Quintrell Thomas had 9 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 blocks in the Runnin' Rebels first round victory.

Michael Lyons, Evan Washington and Derek Brooks shared the point lead, scroing 10 points each. The score may not look too horrible, but the team just played badly in general. No player got over the amount of five in any statistical category other than points. Think about that for a second, no more than 5 rebounds, assists, steals, or blocks for any particular player...

This game was basically over from the start. Air Force didn't score until 14 minutes in and the closest they got after that was four points, by halftime, the Runnin' Rebels held a 37-23 lead over Air Force. The second half would have been exciting had the game been close in the first half, as the second half scoring was 32-30 in favor of the Rebels. Unfortunately, it wasn't that entertaining and UNLV cruised to a 69-53 victory.

With the loss, Air Force's season ends unless they are invited to the CBI or CIT tournament.

UNLV advances to the MWC Tournament semi-finals where they will play San Diego State tonight at 8:30 P.M. PT.

 

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