USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force men’s basketball (9-13, 4-6) stumbled to a 85-53 setback to Colorado State (9-13, 4-5) Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. AJ Walker led the Falcons with 14 points.
Colorado State shot a blistering 61.1 percent from the field, while Air Force struggled to find its shot, shooting just 32.7 percent. The Falcons were also out-rebounded by the much bigger Rams 38-22.
Center Niko Carvacho, who entered the game leading the nation in rebounds per game at 12.6, notched a double-double with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Anthony Masinton-Bonner add 16 points for the Ram, who had four scorers in double figures.
Colorado State shot 63 percent from the field in the first-half, racing out to a 42-25 lead. The Rams also connected on 6 of 10 three’s in the opening half.
Walker was 5 of 12 from the field, adding two rebounds and two assists. The freshman has reached double figures in six of the last seven games. Fellow freshman Abe Kinrade followed with career-high’s of nine points and four rebounds off the bench. Ryan Swan added seven points and seven rebounds.
Chris Joyce scored six points and Keaton Van Soelen scored five points. Lavelle Scottie had his 15 game streak of reaching double figures in scoring snapping, scoring just two points.
For the game, the Falcons shot 32.7 percent from the field and 27.6 percent from three point range. The Falcons made eight three’s on the day.
Air Force looks to regroup for its next game, Wednesday, Feb. 6, hosting Wyoming. The game tips at 7:05 pm MT and will be broadcast by the Mountain West Network.