Air Force runs into a Wall at TCU
Fort Worth, TX (Sports Network) – Ryan Wall led the way with 19 points, as TCU
shot lights out from the floor and stunned No. 14 Air Force, 71-66, at Daniel-
Alvardo Parker scored 12 points and Brent Hackett added 11 for the Horned
Frogs (11-15, 3-11 MWC), who erased memories of a 72-39 pounding in Colorado
Springs earlier this season and snapped an 11-game losing streak.
TCU shot 56 percent from the floor Saturday and caused 17 Air Force turnovers
that resulted in 24 points. The Horned Frogs also received a significant
contribution from the bench, outscoring Air Force’s reserves 32-9.
Matt McCraw scored 17 points, Nick Welch tallied 15 points and Jacob Burtschi
added 14 points for the Falcons (23-6, 10-5), who continued their fall
following a 60-50 loss at UNLV on Thursday.
Dan Nwaelele, averaging 14.9 points per game and the second-leading three-
point shooter in the conference entering the game, scored just four points and
missed all six of his three-point tries.
Burtschi drained a three to bring the Falcons with 69-64 with 33 ticks left
then Neil Dougherty made just 1-of-2 from the charity stripe at the other end.
However, Burtschi missed a jumper before teammate Andrew Henke converted a
layup with 14 seconds on the clock. Dougherty then missed two more free throws
with 11 seconds remaining, but Henke missed a three that would have cut the
deficit to one with nine seconds left.
Air Force scored the first three points of the second half to take a 27-25
lead, but Parker made a layup and Hackett drained a three to put the Horned
Frogs up 37-32 with 13:19 left.
Parker’s slam with 9:59 to play increased the advantage to 48-39, then
Hackett’s layup seven minutes later opened a double-digit lead, 62-52, that
proved to be enough.
Air Force shot 40 percent from the floor and made just 10-of-34 from beyond
the arc…The Falcons still lead the all-time series, 4-2…Burtschi had four
steals in the loss.