Fast Start Takes Air Force MBB Past San José State, 82-68

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USAF ACADEMY, Colo. Air Force men’s basketball (12-15, 7-8) defeated San José State, 82-68, in a Mountain West home contest on senior day Saturday afternoon at Clune Arena. Lavelle Scottie scored a game-high 25 points to go with nine rebounds to lead the Falcons to its seventh conference win for the first time since 2013.

The Falcons raced out to a 48-25 halftime lead sparked by strong defensive play and strong team play on offense. Air Force held the Spartans to 28.6 percent shooting in the opening half and dished out 15 assists on its 20 baskets. Air Force also out-rebounded San Jose State 25-16 in the opening half.

San Jose State would get the game down to within 12 points with 7:59 to play. But the Falcons would respond and get the lead back up to 18 with a minute to play.

Scottie reached the 20 point mark for the fourth time in five games, going 12 of 25 from the field. Caleb Morris knocked down five three’s to score 15. Chris Joyce also scored 15 points, tying a career-high. Ryan Swan was the fourth Falcon to reach double-figures notching a double-double--his fifth of the season--with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The Falcons tied a season-high with 23 assists. AJ Walker notched a career-high 10 of those assists, to go with four points and four rebounds.

Michael Steadman led San Jose State with 21 points and 17 rebounds. Seneca Knight, Brae Ivey and Brian Rodriguez-Flores each scored 12 points for the Spartans.

The Falcons also took good care of the ball, tying a season-low with just five turnovers. Air Force also clinched a winning home season in conference play at 5-3. It is just the ninth time its happened at Air Force and the fifth under head coach Dave Pilipovich.

Prior to tipoff, Air Force honored Pervis Louder on senior day. Louder, the lone senior on the team, scored three points and grabbed two rebounds in 15 minutes of action.

Air Force has the midweek bye this week and returns to action Saturday, March 2, at Wyoming. The game tips at 4:05 pm MT and will be broadcast by AT&T SportsNet.