UNLV downs Air Force in OTJan 29, 2012 - 6:05 AM Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) - Mike Moser had 27 points and 12 rebounds as No. 12 UNLV won its second consecutive overtime game on the road with a 65-63 triumph over Air Force on Saturday.
Oscar Bellfield added 15 points and seven assists for UNLV (20-3, 4-1 MWC), which defeated Boise State, 77-72, in overtime on Wednesday. The Rebels have won four straight games.
"One thing about having four seniors like we do, that have been through ups and downs, (is) they take every opponent very seriously," said UNLV coach Dave Rice, who was impressed with the pace of Air Force's offense.
"They were very effective with what they did and we had to make some adjustments during the game," he said. "We had a hard time guarding them and that's a credit to Air Force. I think it's always frustrating when you play against a team that is very methodical and has a different style, but that's a part of becoming a very good team."
Michael Lyons netted 25 points to lead the Falcons (11-8, 1-4), who have lost four consecutive contests.
Anthony Marshall hit 1-of-2 from the line to tie the game at 57 with 1:12 to play in regulation.
Lyons had a chance to win it, but his jumper with a second left was off the mark. Moser corralled the rebound to send the contest into an extra session.
After Lyons nailed a trey to tie the game at 61 with 2:59 to play in overtime, Bellfield responded with a three-pointer at the other end to make it 64-61.
It was a lead that UNLV did not relinquish.
Kamryn Williams turned the ball over on Air Force's next possession and Marshall hit 1-of-2 from the line to push UNLV's advantage to four with 1:30 to play.
Mike Fitzgerald knocked down a pair of free throws on the Falcons' ensuing possession to make it 65-63.
Moser had a chance to put the game away with a pair of free throws with 12 seconds left, but missed both shots to give Air Force one final opportunity.
But the Falcons didn't get a shot off as Chace Stanback forced a Todd Fletcher turnover in the closing seconds.
"Great effort. Can't fault our kids' effort," said Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds. "I thought they played their hearts out. We're a good basketball team. We've got to continue to believe in what we're doing and at some point we'll be in a position to at least get a shot at it."
The Rebels had a 24-13 advantage midway through the opening half, but a 19-4 Air Force run gave the Falcons a 32-28 lead with 2:26 remaining in the half.
Lyons scored 10 points in the opening stanza as Air Force took a 34-33 lead into the locker room.
A pair of Fitzgerald free throws gave the Falcons a 56-51 lead with 3:33 left in regulation, but the Rebels rallied to force overtime.
UNLV made just 8-of-26 from beyond the arc while shooting 42.9 percent from the field...Air Force was 11-of-26 from three-point range...UNLV was just 9- of-18 from the foul line...UNLV outrebounded Air Force 35-29.
- UNLV: 65
AIR FORCE: 63
Final - OT
Jan 28 11:16 PM
- UNLV: 57
AIR FORCE: 57
End of Regulation
Jan 28 10:58 PM
- UNLV: 33
AIR FORCE: 34
Jan 28 9:50 PM
- UNLV: 0
AIR FORCE: 0
1st Half - 20:00
Jan 28 9:06 PM
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