Air Force Defeats South Dakota At Bimini Jam, 65-62

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BIMINI, BAHAMAS Air Force men’s basketball (2-2) defeated South Dakota (2-2), 66-62, in its second game at the 2018 Bimini Jam Sunday afternoon at Gateway Christian Academy. Lavelle Scottie scored 15 and Ryan Swan added 14 to lead the Falcons.

Air Force shot 61.5 percent from the field and held South Dakota to 36.8 percent shooting. Despite the shooting advantage, Air Force committed 22 turnovers to allow South Dakota to rally back.

The Falcons went into halftime leading 34-23 and would get up by as many as 14 in the second half before the Coyotes came charging back. Air Force led 46-32 with 13:50 to play. South Dakota then went on a 25-11 run over the next 7:40 to tie it up at 57-57 with 6:10 to play.

Ryan Swan put the Falcons back ahead 58-57 with a free throw at the 4:12 mark. After trading buckets, freshman AJ Walker calmly sank a big three, his second of the game, to put Air Force up four at 63-59 with 1:48 to play.

After a three by South Dakota made it a one-point game again, Scottie made a free throw to put the Falcons up two with 50 seconds left. Scottie then came up big defensively, blocking a Coyote shot attempt.

After coming up empty on the next possession, Air Force was able to get the rebound on a missed USD three-point attempt with four seconds left. Pervis Louder made one free throw to put the Falcons up three with one second left. Without any time outs left, South Dakota had to scramble on the in-bounds play and missed a long three to end the game.

Trey Burch-Manning led South Dakota State with 22 points.

Scottie was 6 of 8 from the field in his best shooting game of the season. Swan added a game-high eight rebounds. As a team, Air Force out-rebounded USD 35-20.

Sid Tomes and Keaton Van Soelen added seven points each. Walker added six points and three rebounds. Van Soelen and Louder tied career-high’s with two blocked shots each.

Air Force has little time to rest, as it returns to action tomorrow against High Point. Tip-off is 6 pm ET.