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FSM Recap: UNLV vs Air Force – Game 18- 2023

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UNLV Runnin’ Rebels (9-9 / 2-4) | Air Force Falcons (8-10 / 1-5)


It was UNLV vs Air Force on Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. Air Force, led by Rytis Petraitis recorded a triple-double, came into Las Vegas, and embarrassed the Runnin’ Rebels at home with a 90-58 loss.


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The UNLV men’s basketball team was defeated by Air Force, 90-58, Tuesday night at the Thomas & Mack Center.

The Runnin’ Rebels had three players in double figures, led by Justin Webster’s 14 points before he suffered an injury and left the game with 11 minutes to go. It was an embarrassing loss for UNLV  after coming off a string of impressive performances. 
Rytis Petraitis led the Falcons with a triple-double of 18 points, 13 rebounds, and 11 assists. Four other Air Force players scored in double figures, led by Ethan Taylor’s 22 points.
UNLV has made at least one 3-pointer in an NCAA-record 1,211 straight games.


UNLV vs Air Force First Half:



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UNLV got on the board first with a Luis Rodriguez layup on a nice assist from Dedan Thomas Jr., but Air Force scored the next eight points as the Runnin’ Rebels trailed by six, 8–2, after an Ethan Taylor three-pointer.

Air Force went on another 9–0 run to take a 17–4 lead with under 13 minutes left in the first half. Rob Whaley Jr. ended the run with a slam dunk, but the Falcons then jumped out to a 33–10 lead with 5:36 remaining in the first half.

The Falcons kept the pressure on UNLV all night as they continued to dominate inside and out throughout the first half. At one point the Falcons lead extended to 20, 35–15. UNLV closed on a run that closed the Air Force lead to 15 after a Keylan Boone three-pointer to bring the score to 39–24 to end the first half.


UNLV vs Air Force 2nd Half:


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Air Force continued to dominate to start the second half. Their lead over UNLV extended to 18 points, 43–25, after Petraitis made a bucket with just under 19 minutes remaining in the game. Justin Webster got things going for UNLV, after hitting two free throws to bring the lead down to 16 points, 

Webster then converted a layup after a Rodriguez steal to bring the Falcons lead down to 14. But that was as close as UNLV would get for the rest of the night. The Falcons extended their lead to 26 points, 57–31 with 13:41 to go. 

Air Force extended their lead to 69–38 after another Petraitis three-pointer. The Falcons were way too much for the Runnin’ Rebels as their lead ballooned to 37 points, 79–42 after a Taylor free-throw. UNLV had no answer as they fell to Air Force 90–58 in an embarrassing loss in front of their home crowd at the Thomas & Mack Center.



UNLV will be back on the road at San Jose State to take on the Spartans this Saturday, January 27th, at 6:00 p.m. Thanks for visiting for your Las Vegas Sports news today.


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