CJ Siples scored a career-high 25 points to lead Air Force past Boise State, 61-53, Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West game in Clune Arena.
Siples, who started his second straight game at point guard for the injured Trevor Lyons, eclipsed his previous career high of 15 points in the first half. He finished hitting eight of 11 shots and posting career highs of four 3-pointers, seven rebounds and three steals to pace the Falcons.
Air Force used a 12-0 run midway through the first half to build a 25-15 lead, but Boise State out-scored Air Force 16-5 from there to take a 31-30 halftime lead. The Broncos scored the first four points of the second half to take a 35-30 lead just 90 seconds in. The Falcons took the lead for good when Zach Kocur hit his lone field goal of the game, a 3-pointer with 13:36 left to make it 40-39. Air Force build the lead to as many as nine points, the last time coming at 9:23 remaining to make it 50-41. The closest Boise State got after that was three points, 56-53, with 2:26 left, but the Falcons scored the final five points to secure the win.
Air Force hit 43.2 percent from the field, including a 62.5 clip in the second half, while holding Boise State to just 35.2 percent. Air Force also out-rebounded the Broncos, 39-33, while holding them to their season low in scoring. Frank Toohey added nine points and seven rebounds for Air Force while Hayden Graham chipped in with eight points, four rebounds and three assists. The Falcons improved to 8-1 this season when out-rebounding an opponent and 8-4 when out-shooting them. Air Force improved to 10-4 at home, including a 3-3 mark in conference games.
Air Force improved to 12-12 overall and 3-8 in conference play. Boise State fell to 16-8 overall and 7-4 in the conference.