LAS VEGAS -- Chace Stanback and Tre'Von Willis each scored 20 points in leading the UNLV Runnin' Rebels past Air Force 69-53 on Thursday night in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals for their sixth straight win.
The Rebels (24-7) will face San Diego State (No. 6 ESPN/USA Today, No. 7 AP) on Friday night at the Thomas & Mack Center. They've been beaten by the second-seeded Aztecs (30-2) twice, both times by six points.
The Rebels won this one from long distance, sinking 11 of 20 3-pointers, including Stanback's 6-of-8 performance.
UNLV coach Lon Kruger has been an outspoken proponent of the Mountain West getting several NCAA tournament bids because the league is ranked fourth in the RPI, ahead of some leagues in which six or seven bids have been discussed.
The third-seeded Rebels, who improved to 14-1 at the Thomas & Mack Center against the Falcons (15-15) have certainly burnished their credentials, winning 10 of their past 12 games.