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(Eds: APNewsNow. Will be updated. With AP Photos.) By PAT GRAHAM AP Sports Writer The next military assignment for Air Force senior guard Michael Lyons will be as an assistant coach at the academy's prep school.
It's a fitting promotion for one of the school's all-time leading scorers, but one he's not quite ready for just yet.
Lyons hopes to extend his time in a Falcons uniform a little longer as Air Force faces UNLV on Wednesday at the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas.
He's eager for some bonus basketball, too. With two wins over Top 25 opponents already on the resume this season, a NIT berth could be a possibility for Air Force. Or perhaps even a spot in the NCAA field, should Air Force win the MWC tournament.
Lyons is the league's leading scorer this season, averaging 18.3 points.
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Air Force was quick to offer quarterback Luke Rubenzer after he received an early Navy offer. The 6-foot, 180-pound signal caller had a huge junior season performance at Seguaro High School in Scottsdale, Ariz. He spoke to FalconsReport on his interest in the Air Force Academy and where he stands going into the spring season.
Air Force is 0-12 in Mountain West Conference Tournament quarterfinals. UNLV is 12-1 in Mountain West quarterfinals. Yes, the odds are stacked against Air Force, but then again, the Falcons are coming off their best performance of the season this past Saturday. Anything can happen in a city where... well... anything can happen.
Anthony Bennett scored 23 points and UNLV defeated Air Force 72-56 in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Conference on Wednesday.
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...