UNLV 69, Air Force 53

Chace Stanback and Tre’Von Willis each scored 20 points in

leading the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels past Air Force 69-53 Thursday night

in the Mountain West Conference quarterfinals for their sixth

straight win.

The Rebels (24-7) will face No. 7 San Diego State (30-2) Friday

night at the Thomas & Mack Center. They’ve been beaten by the

second-seeded Aztecs 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 where 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 last 12 games.