USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force men’s basketball (6-10, 1-3) got into the win column in Mountain West play, knocking off San Diego State (9-7, 1-2), 62-48, in conference action Saturday afternoon in front of a crowd of 2,346 at Clune Arena. Double-doubles by Lavelle Scottie and Ryan Swan and 19 points from AJ Walker led a spirited effort from the Falcons.
The trio of Scottie, Swan and Walker combined for 50 points and 27 rebounds. Scottie notched his second double-double of the season with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Swan also notched his second double-double with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds.
Walker shot 7 of 13 from the field and 5 of 8 from three point land. With the Aztecs charging back late and getting to within four points, it was Walker coming up with seven points on a 12-3 run that allowed Air Force to roll to the 14 point win. It was Air Force’s first double-digit win over the Aztecs in 14 years, dating back to 2005.
After allowing the first bucket of the game, Air Force never trailed the rest of the game. The Falcons dominated the first half, jumping out to a 28-14 first-half lead. Air Force held San Diego State to five field goals including an 0 for 7 effort from the three point line in the opening half. The 14 points were the second-fewest points ever allowed by Air Force to a conference opponent.
The Aztecs made a late charge in the second half, pulling to within four points at 48-44 with 5:41 to play. The Falcons fought back with the 12-3 run to go up 16 at 62-46 with 1:55 to play.
Jalen McDaniels led San Diego State with 18 points and 11 rebounds. The Falcons held SDSU to 38 percent shooting from the field and 11.8 percent (2 for 17) from three point range.
Air Force shot 39 percent from the field. The Falcons out-rebounded the Aztecs 39-33 and won the turnover battle 13-10. The Falcons made nine three’s on the night, connecting on 32 percent of its attempts.
Air Force returns to action Wednesday, Jan. 16 hosting UNLV. Tip time at Clune Arena is a late one at 9 pm MT. The game will be televised by ESPNU.