AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Michael Lyons scored a career-high 37 points, leading Air Force to a…
Air Force falls at Colorado State
Colorado State had a commanding 40-19 rebounding edge. The Rams have outrebounded every opponent this season.
Todd Fletcher and Michael Lyons led Air Force (9-6, 1-2) with eight points apiece. Marek Olesinski scored six and Mike Fitzgerald, who averaged 26 in his first two conference games, was limited to four points on 2-of-3 shooting. The Falcons shot 37 percent and made just 3 of 19 from 3-point range.
Fitzgerald made two layups and Taylor Broekhuis made a third layup in the opening minutes, but the Falcons made only five of their remaining 17 shots of the half to trail 34-19. Iverson accounted for the Rams' first seven points and when reserve Daniel Bejarno hit a short jumper and 3-pointer, they led 19-8.
Fletcher's 3-pointer kept the game at 11 before Hornung's layup off a backdoor cut put Colorado State up by 32-15 with 2:51 left. The Falcons did limit Colorado State to eight points over the final 8:18 of the half.
Air Force had only Michael Lyons' rebound basket in the early going of the second half, while Eikmeier made two 3-pointers and scored eight points to help the Rams pull ahead 46-21. Hornung extended the margin to 57-27 with 13:42 left.
Colorado State had its starters out of the game after Jon Octeus made it 73-38 with 6:24 left. Fletcher's jumper accounted for the only points for Air Force over the last six minutes.
Colorado State scored 30 points off 19 turnovers and finished with a 38-20 scoring advantage inside the paint.
The victory margin for a conference game was the Rams' largest since their first season (1999-2000) in the Mountain West, when they beat San Diego State 74-46.
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