Falcons Fall to Colorado State, 67-56
Jan. 20, 2009
Despite a career-high 25 points from Matt Holland, the Air Force men's basketball team lost its sixth straight game Tuesday night, falling 67-56 to Colorado State at Moby Arena. With the victory, the Rams improved to 7-12 overall and 2-3 in the Mountain West Conference, while the Falcons fell to 9-9 overall and 0-5 in league play.
Holland, who scored 17 of his points in the first half, drained 7-of-11 shots from three-point range, the most 3-pointers by a Falcon since Jarvis Croff hit seven against Cornell on Dec. 29, 2000. He carried the Falcons in the first half and an Evan Washington jumper at the buzzer gave Air Force a 31-29 halftime advantage.
Colorado State took a 33-32 lead early in the second half on a jumper by Jesse Carr and the Rams never relinquished the lead. They led by as many as 13 by shooting11-of-19 from the field in the second half. Carr led Colorado State with 17 points, while Travis Franklin added 12 and a game-high seven rebounds. The Rams played without theor leading scorer, Marcus Walker, who joined Harney Perry in street clothes due to academic reasons.
Washington had 12 points for the Falcons and Holland and Andrew Henke led the team with five rebounds apiece. Freshman Sammy Schafer dished out a career-high five assists and fellow frosh Shawn Hempsey played a career-high 17 minutes.
The Falcons' shooting woes plagued them in the second half, shooting just 9-of-22 from the field. Ironically, that was the same total the Falcons shot from the free-throw line for the game, including a 4-of-12 performance in the second half.
The Falcons are idle for a week until facing Wyoming in Laramie next Tuesday, Jan. 27 at 6 p.m.
Air Force Post-Game Notes