USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force men’s basketball dropped a 65-58 contest to New Mexico in both teams’ Mountain West opener Wednesday night at Clune Arena. Junior Lavelle Scottie led the Falcons with 20 points.
Air Force had several looks at tying the game late, down three with a minute left in the game. The Falcons were unable to make the shots however, as New Mexico sealed the game with four consecutive free throws.
Scottie went 10 of 27 from the field, adding four rebounds en route to the 20 points. His 27 shot attempts were the third most in a game in program history and the most in the Mountain West era. Scottie also had a career-high four steals.
Junior Ryan Swan notched a double-double with 14 points and a career-high 11 rebounds. It was the second double-double of his career. Swan also had a career-high three steals.
Senior Pervis Louder came off the bench to add 10 points and three assists. Sophomore Keaton Van Soelen scored five points and tied a career-high with nine rebounds.
Anthony Mathis scored 17 points to lead New Mexico. Vance Jackson added 14 points and six rebounds.
Air Force trailed New Mexico 38-29 at the half. In a back and forth battle early on, New Mexico was able to take control of the game with an 8-0 run midway through the half to go up nine.
The Falcons battled back in the second half, getting the game down to three points twice, with two minutes to go and with one minute to go.
The Falcons shot 38.1 percent from the field and 66.7 percent from the line. New Mexico shot 43.4 percent from the field and 62.5 percent from the line.
Air Force returns to action Saturday, Jan. 5 at Utah State. Tip time at Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah, is 7 pm MT.