Air Force extends home winning streak to 30
Colorado Springs, CO (Sports Network) – Dan Nwaelele finished with 18
points, including five three-pointers, to lead Air Force over Colorado State,
67-58, extending the nation’s longest home court winning streak to 30.
Matt McCraw deposited 15 points for the Falcons (23-4, 10-3 Mountain West),
who have won three straight and four of their last five games. Tim Anderson
and Jacob Burtschi contributed 10 points each for Air Force, which made 10
Jason Smith registered 22 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Rams (15-10,
5-8), who have lost six of seven. Tyler Smith added 10 points in the defeat.
The Rams were down as much as 15 in the second half but pulled to within 59-52
on Smith’s jumper with 3:39 left to play.
Air Force responded with two McCraw free throws, and after a Smith offensive
foul cancelled-out another basket, Nwaelele drilled his fifth trey, making the
score 64-52 with 2:34 showing on the clock.
Colorado State was able to pull within 65-58 on Tyler Smith’s trey with 43
ticks remaining, but the Falcons were able to burn 14 seconds before the Rams
finally fouled Nick Welch, who sank one of two.
Nwaelele went into the locker room after injuring his right ankle going for a
rebound with nine minutes left in the first half. The Rams did not take
advantage of his absence, however, and Nwaelele returned with 4 1/2 minutes
remaining and continued knocking down threes as the Falcons took a 29-20 lead
into the intermission.
The Falcons have beaten the Rams six straight times and their 30-game
home court winning streak ranks just ahead of conference rival BYU, which has
won 29 straight and hosts the Rams on Wednesday night. Colorado State’s
Stuart Creason fouled out shortly after entering the game with eight minutes