The Rebels (14-4 overall, 2-2 Mountain West Conference), played without senior guard and #2 scorer Tre’Von Willis, who didn’t make the trip in order to rest a sore knee. Sophomore guard Anthony Marshall started in place of Willis and finished with 12 points and 4 rebounds. But it was the slumping Chace Stanback who led UNLV with 18 points and 11 rebounds. Stanback, UNLV’s leading scorer this season, was just 4-of-17 in the Rebels’ loss at #6 San Diego State on Wednesday night, but hit 6-of-13 on Saturday. He was matched on the boards by senior guard Derrick Jasper, who also pulled down 11 rebounds. Jasper, UNLV’s leading rebounder, has also been in a prolonged offensive slump like most of the team, but chose to focus on other aspects of his game in this one. He finished with just 5 points, making his only attempt from the floor.
The Rebels outrebounded the Falcons 36-26, and held Air Force (10-6, 1-2) to just 42.5% shooting. The Falcons also struggled at the charity stripe, hitting just 12-of-25 free throws. UNLV has now won six straight against Air Force. Next up, the Runnin’ Rebels return home to the Thomas & Mack Center to host Colorado State on Wednesday night.