UNLV 77, Air Force 47 – Rapid Reaction

Published: February 27, 2010, 8:04 pm, by admin

As UNLV attempted to let the clock run out in this afternoon’s blowout of Air Force, one of the Runnin’ Rebels’ players lost the ball out of bounds with about a second left. The ref nearby whistled play dead, but the clock kept running until the buzzer sounded.

And that was that. No reason to inbound the ball one more time.

The feel of that moment was, “Let’s just get this over with.”

Unfortunately, that’s how most of today’s game (the worst home loss since 1993) felt. And I wonder if that’s how the rest of the season will feel.

Let’s just get this over with.

Air Force trailed by 14 points 10 minutes into the game and by 20 with six minutes left in the first half. The result of the game was certain by then. And it made me wonder: How many minutes of the Falcons’ games this season have been played with the outcome already determined? I don’t know, and I’m not sure how to measure it. But I can tell you this – it’s been far too many. And that has to have some kind of effect on the way players play.

The way Air Force played today was “tentative,” according to coach Jeff Reynolds.

“And I felt we didn’t take a step forward,” he said. “And even in the Utah loss, there was a 12-minute span where we played pretty well. And so we’ve got to get them to focus on, hey, we’ve got to regroup with our energy and our effort, because I didn’t think that was there today.

“We talked to our players about they’ve got to understand what’s at stake here, and that the first four minutes of the game’s extremely important. And that UNLV’s playing for something, and we need to play for something. And I’m not sure our guys got that message, and I guess that’s my fault.”

Other notes:
-The Falcons’ free throw shooting continues to be putrid. Air Force made 9-of-18 today including just 4-of-12 in the second half.

The Falcons are 13-of-30 from the line in their last two games and are shooting 60.3 percent from the line in MWC play.

-Gazette columnist David Ramsey wrote about the game in his blog: http://daveramseysez.freedomblogging.com.