No. 16 Air Force falls to BYU
Provo, UT (Sports Network) – Trent Plaisted recorded a game-high 22 points
and collected seven rebounds, as BYU toppled 16th-ranked Air Force, 61-52 at
the Marriott Center in a Mountain West conference clash.
Keena Young scored 17 for the Cougars (15-6, 5-2 MWC), who have won three of
their last four games. Lee Cummard added eight points and six boards, while
Austin Ainge chipped in six points and eight boards for BYU, which has won 27
straight games at home.
Matt McCraw posted 14 points, and both Nick Welch and Dan Nwaelele scored 13
for the Falcons (19-3, 6-2), who had their two-game winning streak ended.
Tim Anderson posted a team-high six rebounds in the loss.
Air Force led by as much as four in the early stages, but BYU grabbed a
13-point lead at 29-16 thanks to a 17-4 run punctuated by Plaisted’s jumper
with just over two minutes to play. However, Nwaelele’s three-pointer with
seconds left in the half brought the Falcons within 10 points, 31-21, at the
BYU opened up a 14-point lead early in the second half, but Jacob Burtschi’s
layup with 6:35 played in the second pulled Air Force within 40-37. The
Cougars got a little breathing room on Jimmy Balderson’s make for a 49-42
advantage with 6:57 to go.
Although a 6-0 run by the visitors got them within a point, BYU did not
collapse, and eventually sealed the victory when Keena Young converted a
three-point play with 19 seconds left, then hit two more from the line in the
BYU leads the all-time series, 44-12…The Cougars dominated on the boards,
42-20…Air Force committed three less turnovers (11) than BYU (14)…BYU shot
43 percent from the floor (23-of-53), while Air Force made only 38 percent of
their shots (17-of-45).