Air Force Routs Nevada in MWC Opener, 78-65
Jan. 9, 2013
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Mike Fitzgerald scored a career-high 30 points, making four of Air Force's 10 3-pointers, and the Falcons defeated Nevada 78-65 Wednesday night in the Mountain West Conference opener for both schools.
Fitzgerald, whose previous career best was 19 points, scored 23 in the second half on Wednesday, when Air Force (9-4) opened up a 20-point lead after trailing by three at halftime. Fitzgerald was 9 of 10 from the field, made all eight of his free-throw tries and led AFA with eight rebounds.
Todd Fletcher, who matched Fitzgerald with four 3-pointers, finished with 18 points and Taylor Broekhuis had 10 points and five assists. The conference's second-leading scorer, Michael Lyons, scored just three points on 1-of-8 shooting, snapping his streak of 12 straight games scoring in double figures.
Fitzgerald, who hit all four of his 3-pointers in the second half, hit three straight early in the stanza to put the Falcons ahead 44-41. Then he made three straight freee throws after getting fouled on a long range shotgive Air Force a 50-43 lead. Fitzgerald became just the seventh player in Air Force history to score 30 points or more in a conference game.
The Wolf Pack scored six straight points midway through the second half to cut the Falcon lead to 56-52 with 9:55 remaining, but two free throws by Fletcher, Fitzgerald and Max Yon expanded the lead back to 10. Another nine-point run put the game out of rach at 71-54 at the 4:31 mark.
Deonte Burton led the Wolf Pack (9-6) with 21 points. Devonte Elliott added 12 points for Nevada.