Senior Matt Holland registered career-highs of 22 points and nine rebounds to lead the Air Force men’s basketball team to an 86-65 victory over UCCS Saturday evening in the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic at Clune Arena. With the win, their largest of the season, the Falcons improve to 3-0 on the season, while UCCS falls to 0-2.
Holland, who knocked down a career-high four shots from three-point range, was joined in double figures by three other Falcons, including freshman Taylor Stewart with a career-best 15 points. Seniors Andrew Henke and Anwar Johnson added 15 and 13 points, respectively.
Air Force took control of the game following a 13-2 run early in the first half. The Mountain Lions never got closer than seven points the remainder of the opening stanza, as the Falcons took a 40-28 lead at the break. In the second half, UCCS was able to keep it close, with its first five field goals coming from long range.
Midway through the second period, the Mountain Lions scored six straight to cut the margin down to five, but Henke knocked down a three-pointer to help the Falcons pull away once more. Air Force outscored UCCS over the last 6:26 of the contest, with 13 of those points coming from the charity stripe.
The Falcons, who shot a season-high 50 percent from the field, turned in their highest point total since an 88-43 victory over Wyoming in 2007.
Nick Weaver was the leading scorer for UCCS with 22 points, while Scott Sublousky added 14 points.
In the first game of the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic, Noah Dahlman recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead Wofford to a 75-70 victory over Texas-Pan American. UTPA will face UCCS on Sunday at 2:30 p.m., while the Falcons will take on Wofford at 5:00 p.m.