USAF ACADEMY, Colo. — Air Force men’s basketball (10-13, 5-6) held off a late charge by Wyoming (5-17, 1-8) to come away with a 81-76 win Wednesday night at Clune Arena. The trio of Lavelle Scottie, Ryan Swan and AJ Walker combined to score 65 points for the Falcons.
Up 10 with two minutes to play, the Falcons allowed Wyoming to make three consecutive three’s to pull to within three at 78-75 with 39 seconds to go. Air Force was able to close out the game with free throws to pick up the win.
After scoring just two points in the last game against Colorado State, Scottie more than made up for it with a career-high 34 points. It was the ninth-most points scored in a conference game all-time at Air Force. Scottie shot 15 of 20 from the field on the night to go with seven rebounds.
Scottie started the game on fire, making his first 11 shots en route to 23 first-half points, surpassing his season high of 22. Aided by the hot start by the forward, Air Force went into halftime up 44-35.
The Falcons would get up by as many as 15 points in the second half, but the Cowboys stayed in the game by making nine three’s in the second half. For the night, Wyoming made 15 three’s on 37 attempts.
Justin James led three Cowboys in doubles figures with 22 points. James also had nine assists and eight rebounds. Jake Hendricks added 21 points on seven three’s.
Ryan Swan also returned to form with 19 points and a team-high eight rebounds. Swan was an efficient 7 of 13 from the field, adding two steals.
AJ Walker scored 12 points and dished out four assists. Walker set a career-high with four steals.
Air Force shot 53.3 percent from the field. The Falcons also out-rebounded the Cowboys 33-28. Air Force took good care of the ball with a season-low five turnovers.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, Feb. 12, at UNLV. The game tips at 7:05 pm PT and will be broadcast by CBS Sports.