Falcons Hold Off Spartans, 51-48
Feb. 13, 2014
Max Yon made two free throws after his steal with 10 seconds left and DeLovell Earls blocked a game-tying three-pointer at the buzzer as Air Force snapped a six-game losing skid with a 51-48 win at San Jose State Wednesday night.
The Falcons (10-13, 4-8 Mountain West) took a nine-point lead with 7:37 remaining on a Marek Olesinki jumper from the corner, but the Spartans (6-18, 0-12) used an 11-1 run to take their first lead, 48-47, on a Dylan Alexander basket with 2:58 to play. Air Force responded as Tre' Coggins made his only bucket of the game with 2:31 left to give the Falcons the lead for good.
After Justin Hammonds blocked Isaac Thornton’s jumper with 59 seconds left, Earls missed a three-pointer, setting up Yon’s steal. Thornton missed a three-pointer with six seconds left and Earls blocked Devante Wilson’s 3-point attempt at the horn.
Kamryn Williams scored a team-high 15 points, followed by 13 from Olesinski and 11 by Yon. Williams, Olesinski and Hammonds each had seven rebounds for Air Force, which shot just 32.8 percent but allowed a season-low 48 points. Hammonds had a career-high three blocks and Coggins tied his career high with four steals.
Devante Wilson had 15 points and Chris Cunningham 13 with 11 rebounds, including eight on the offensive end, for the Spartans, who shot 30.2 percent.
The Falcons travel to 5th-ranked San Diego State on Saturday, Feb. 15 beginning at 5:05 p.m. (PT).