Anwar Johnson led four Air Force players in double figures with 15 points Sunday afternoon to lead the Falcons past Cal-State Bakersfield, 70-62, in a non-conference men’s basketball game at Clune Arena. Freshman Taylor Stewart added a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds as the Falcons improved to 2-0 this season. CSU-Bakersfield fell to 0-2.
Stewart became the first Air Force freshman to post a double-double since Tom Bellairs had eight during the 1999-2000 season. He scored seven of his points in a stretch of 2:24 midway through the second half, including a three-pointer that gave Air Force its biggest lead of the game at 56-46. The Roadrunners would not go away, however, and cut the lead to 60-57 with less than three minutes remaining before Johnson completed a three-point play with 2:32 left that put the Falcons back up by six.
Patrick Carlson led CSU-Bakersfield with a game-high 21 points, shooting 5-for-10 from three-point range. His shot from behind the arc at the buzzer gave the Roadrunners a 35-32 lead at halftime. Neither team had a lead of more than four points in the second half until Falcon freshman Trevor Noonan nailed a three-pointer at the 11:49 mark and senior Andrew Henke hit a jumper with 11:02 left for a 46-41 advantage.
Junior Grant Parker chipped in with career-highs of 12 points and nine rebounds for Air Force, while Henke had 10 points and six rebounds and Noonan posted eight points and a game-high five assists. Air Force shot 46.9 percent from the field (23-49), compared to 33.8 percent (22-65) for the Roadrunners.
The Falcons remain at home and will host the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic next weekend at Clune Arena. Air Force will face UCCS on Saturday, Nov. 22 and Wofford on Sunday, Nov. 23. Both game are scheduled to tip-off at 5 p.m.