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Air Force 64, UNLV 48

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP)-- Air Force's hot shooting and
stifling defense has extended the Falcon's home winning streak to
24 games -- the second longest in the nation.

Antoine Hood scored 15 points and shot 4-for-4 from the 3-point
line Monday night to lead Air Force to a 64-48 win over UNLV.

Air Force (14-7, 5-1 Mountain West Conference) won it in the
first half with superior 3-point shooting and the nation's No. 1
scoring defense. Air Force made 10 of its first 15 field goal
attempts, including 8 of its first 12 3-point attempts to take a
42-24 lead into the break.

"It was like they were trying to play us in a zone and force
use to shoot the three," Air Force's Nick Welch said. "That
backfired."

Welch and Jacob Burtschi added nine points each for the Falcons.

Hood attributed his season-high four 3-pointers to improved
mechanics.

"Coach (Chris Mooney) told me my elbow was getting a little
wide when I was shooting," Hood said. "So tonight I tried to keep
it in.... I hit the first one, after that it snowballed."

The Rebels' Odartey Blankson hit a jumper to pull UNLV to 18-15
with 11:39 left in the first half, but UNLV's next field goal
didn't come until Joel Anthony hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Romel Beck led UNLV with 14 points, while Odartey Blankson added
11 points.

Air Force outrebounded the Rebels 26-24, despite UNLV (9-9, 2-4)
entering the game ranked second in the Mountain West Conference in
offensive rebounds while the Falcons were seventh. Air Force
finished with a 10-7 advantage on the offensive glass.

"(Air Force) controlled about everything," UNLV coach Lon
Kruger said. "They controlled everything from start to finish.
They did it making shots, they did it with their effort and their
patience."

In the second half, the Falcons substituted liberally and 15 Air
Force players saw action.

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