The Falcons (17-3, 5-2 Mountain West Conference) closed the game
with a 14-5 run to beat the Rebels (10-8, 4-2).
Dan Nwaelele connected on a pair of 3-pointers in the final 6:32
to spark the decisive run, the last coming with 54 seconds
remaining to give the Falcons a 52-47 lead. Nwaelele finished with
Air Force's comeback started in the final minute of the first
half as it scored six straight points and closed to 27-22.
The Falcons drained a trio of 3-pointers to open the second
half, including one from Nwaelele to give Air Force a 35-33 lead
with 15:23 to play.
UNLV responded by scoring 12 of the next 16 points, including
3-pointers from Curtis Terry and Wink Adams, and the Rebels led by
six with under 8 minutes to play.
Air Force scored on six of its next eight possession to seal the
win, its first league victory on the road and just its third win
away from home this season.
Dustin Villepigue led UNLV with 12 points. Adams and Jason
Petrimoulx added 10 points apiece.