Air Force Falls to No. 24 UNLV

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Bryce Dejean-Jones made a go-ahead jumper with 12 seconds remaining in overtime, and No. 24 UNLV held on to beat Air Force 76-71 in their Mountain West Conference home opener on Saturday night.

Anthony Bennett, the nation's freshman leading scorer, had 22 points and 16 rebounds for the Rebels (14-3, 1-1).

Dejean-Jones' bucket put the Rebels up 72-71. He scored 16 of his 18 points in the second half, including two free throws with 37 seconds left in regulation to tie it 62-all. He had five points in overtime.

Mike Moser had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Rebels.

Air Force's Michael Lyons, who had 19 points, missed a potential go-ahead jump shot just right of the lane with 3 second left in OT. The Rebels then made four free throws with less than two seconds left to seal it.

Mike Fitzgerald led the Falcons (9-5, 1-1) with 22 points, while DeLovell Earls added 10.

Fitzgerald also had a chance to win in regulation with a 3-pointer from the right side, but missed with 3 seconds left.

In overtime, the Falcons took the lead with 3 minutes left and never trailed until Dejean-Jones made his shot from the right side.

Lyons gave Air Force their last led at 71-70, making 1 of 2 free throws with 39 seconds left.

Air Force has had little success against UNLV in Las Vegas. The Rebels are now 19-1 against the Falcons at home, including 17-1 at the Thomas & Mack Center. Air Force's only win in Las Vegas against UNLV came in 2006.

After UNLV'S Justin Hawkins' three with 3:34 left in regulation, Lyons drove in for a layup with 3:06 left for the lead, 60-58. Bennett's basket tied it 60-all with 2:42 left.

The Falcons retook the lead 62-60 on Tre' Coggins' free throws 10 seconds later.


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