Air Force Falls to UNLV, 72-56

March 13, 2013

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Anthony Bennett scored 23 points and UNLV defeated Air Force 72-56 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference on Wednesday.

Air Force's Michael Lyons, the Mountain West's leading scorer, was carried off the floor with an apparent knee injury with 18:24 left in the first half and did not return. The Falcons had trouble scoring without Lyons, not reaching double figures until Kyle Green's 3-pointer cut UNLV's lead to 21-10 with 7 minutes left in the first half.

The third-seeded Rebels (24-8) will face the winner of the Colorado State-Fresno State game in Friday's semifinals.

UNLV shot 51 percent, with Bennett making 10 of his 14 shots. He also grabbed seven rebounds.

Bryce Dejean-Jones scored 12 points and Anthony Marshall scored 11 for UNLV. Mike Moser had nine points and 10 rebounds.

Green and Marek Olesinski led the Falcons (17-13) with 13 points. Cameron Michael scored 11.