LARAMIE, Wyo. Air Force men’s basketball (13-15, 8-8) defeated Wyoming,80-72, in a hard-fought Mountain West contest Saturday afternoon at the Arena-Auditorium. The Falcons have won three in a row in conference play for the first time since 2013.
Ryan Swan scored a career-high 37 points to go with nine rebounds to lead the way. Swan’s 37 points are the most by a Falcon this season and the third most in conference play ever by a Falcon. The junior was 13 of 17 from the field, 4 of 6 from three-point range and 7 of 9 from the line.
Lavelle Scottie notched a double-double with 18 points and 10 rebounds. Scottie is one point shy of 1,000 career points with 999.
AJ Walker added five points and four assists. Caleb Morris scored nine points to go with six rebounds. Sid Tomes had three assists.
The Falcons held off a Wyoming (6-23, 2-14) team that kept the game close by hitting 13 three’s on the night. Air Force led by as many as 10 points in the game but found itself up by just two points with 58 seconds to go in the game.
Not to be deterred, the Falcons went 6 of 6 from the line in the final minute, while Wyoming missed four shot attempts to close out the game. Walker, Morris and Swan each made two free throws each in the final minute to seal the win.
Air Force hit another milestone, having now reached eight conference wins for the first time since 2013.
Justin James led Wyoming with 23 points, six rebounds and five assists. Jake Hendricks added 18 points off six three’s.
In a back-and-forth battle, Air Force managed to take a 44-40 lead into halftime. The Falcons got up by as many as 10, leading 67-57 with 7:16 to play. Wyoming used an 8-2 run to pull to within two at 74-72 with 58 seconds to go.
Air Force did a good job taking care of the ball and rebounding. The Falcons tied a season-low with five turnovers. Air Force out-rebounded Wyoming 41-28, including 12-4 on the offensive boards. The Falcons held a 19-4 advantage in points off turnovers and led 20-4 in second chance points.
Air Force returns to action Tuesday, March 6, hosting #12/13 Nevada in its final home game of the season. The game tips at 9:05 pm MT and will be broadcast by ESPN2.