No. 17 Air Force Hammers Wyoming
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – Dan Nwaelele and Jacob Burtschi scored
18 points apiece as 17th-ranked Air Force routed a decimated Wyoming squad,
88-43 at Clune Arena.
Andrew Henke posted 11 points, three rebounds and dished out three assists for
the Falcons (20-3, 7-2 MWC), winners in three of their last four games.
Nwaelele added a team-high six boards, while Burtschi and Matt McCraw pulled
down five rebounds each.
Eric Platt had 13 points for the Cowboys (13-10, 4-5), losers of two straight
and five of seven. James Spencer added seven points, five boards and three
assists for Wyoming, which was playing without Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones —
their two top scorers — following their ejections during last Thursday’s
brawl against conference-rival New Mexico.
In addition, Joseph Taylor, who was ruled to have incited the continuation of
the melee, has been suspended indefinitely by the university.
Air Force dominated early, racing out to an 11-2 advantage three minutes into
the contest, extending the lead to as high as 36-10 on Nwaelele’s three with
5:19 to go before the half, and headed to the break with a 46-18 lead.
The Falcons picked up right where they left off at the start of the second
half, on a 10-2 run capped by Burtschi’s make. Platt hit back-to-back three
pointers in a 46-second span to end that streak, but Wyoming would not score
again until Spencer’s jumper midway through the half made it 65-28.
With 4:47 left, sub Eric Kenzik’s jumper brought Air Force’s lead to 50
points, 83-33, but Wyoming ended the contest with a 10-5 surge as the home
team rested its starters over the game’s final minutes.
Despite the blowout loss, Wyoming leads the all-time series 67-25…Air Force
outrebounded Wyoming, 42-25…The Cowboys shot a dismal 27 percent from the
floor (6-of-22) in the first half, and just 31 percent for the game (15-
of-49)…Per the decision handed down by the Mountain West Conference, Jones
must sit out one more contest for his actions in Thursday’s game.