Feb. 4, 2012
FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) - Jeff Reynolds would not respond to what lead to his second technical foul and his ejecton with 7:11 left in the game.
"I really can't make any comment on that. It's against the rules,'' the Air Force coach said. "I'll just say this. I wasn't nonprofessional. I didn't use any cusswords.''
Reynolds was brief and direct in accessing his team's loss, the second lopsided loss in five days. The Falcons lost 81-42 last Tuesday at New Mexico.
"Inconsistent,'' Reynolds said.
"I don't think we came out flat.'' said Reynolds said. "I thought Pierce Hornung, while I was out there, played very well.''
Hornung scored a career-high 23 points and matched a career best with 17 rebounds leading Colorado State past Air Force 67-49 on Saturday.
"I definitley felt like I was in a rhythm out there,'' Hornung said. "I felt like I was in the right place a lot of times.''
"Like the coach always told me,'' Hornung said. "Good things happen when you play hard.'
Hornung posted his second double-double of the season and third of his career. He had nine offensive rebounds. He had 17-rebound game on Nov. 29, 2009 against San Francisco.
"Pierce was our knight in shining armor,'' Colorado State coach Tim Miles said. "Every time we'd take a bad shot, he'd get back for us and give us a chance to take another shot.''
Dorian Green had 12 points and Wes Eikmeier added 10 for Colorado State (15-7, 4-3 Mountain West).
Air Force made 7 of 20 shots, but trailed only 27-20 at halftime. Despite not having a basket for nearly seven minutes, Todd Fletcher's 3-pointer had Falcons behind 9-6.
Colorado State had more problems making shots, 9-for-26, but Will Bell's dunk were ahead 26-17 with 2:20 left. Air Force held the Rams to a free throw the rest of the half and Lyons made it a seven-point game with jump shots from the free throw line.
Lyons had four points early in the second half to get the Falcons within five, but Hornung had nine points including a rebound basket and free throw of a 15-4 run to put Colorado State ahead 44-28 with 12:15 left.
Greg Smith's jumper made it a 51-30 game. Trailing 52-36 and after forcing a turnover, Reynolds received his second technical with 7:11 left. Eikmeier converted both free throws tog et the lead to 67-43.
Fitzgerald got Air Force as close as 18 over the last 3:09 with a 3-pointer and free throw.
It was the second straight game the Falcons had given up more than 65 points. They had held nine straight opponents to 65 or fewer points before being blown out 81-42 at New Mexico last Tuesday.
"We are either shooting it well or the defense is totally off or our defense is good and we're not hitting anything,'' said Fitzgerald said. "We just need everything to come together.'