D.J. Gay scored 15 points to lead San Diego State past Air Force, 61-44, Saturday night at Clune Arena in the Mountain West Conference opener for both schools. San Diego State improved to 11-3 overall and 1-0 in the MWC, while Air Force fell to 9-5 and 0-1 in conference play.
Gay hit a pair of three-pointers on consecutive possessions to key a 9-0 run midway through the second half to give San Diego State a 45-36 lead with 8:44 remaining. The Falcons had opened the second half on a 10-5 run to tie the score at 36 prior to the run.
San Diego State’s defense and rebounding took over the game from that point. The Aztecs held Air Force to just one field goal over the last 8:16 of the game, while hitting six of nine free throws from that point. San Diego State grabbed the offensive rebound on each of the misses and scored on two of the possessions.
The Aztecs finished the game out-rebounding Air Force, 40-27. SDSU grabbed 13 offensive rebounds while holding Air Force to just 32.0 percent shooting in the game, including a 23.1 clip in the second half. The Aztecs hit 45.7 percent in the game, including a 54.2 clip in the first half as they built a 31-26 halftime lead.
Lorrenzo Wade came off the bench to added 12 points and 11 rebounds while Tim Shelton chipped in with eight points and 11 rebounds for San Diego State.
Air Force was led by Matt Holland, who was the only Falcon in double figures, with 17 points. Grant Parker added nine points and Anwar Johnson chipped in with six points and six rebounds.