Lavelle Scottie scored 18 points to lead four Falcons in double figures as Air Force defeated Utah State, 75-65, Saturday afternoon in a Mountain West game in Clune Arena at the Academy.
The Falcons overcame a 15-point first-half deficit (45-30), it’s largest in conference play this season, to win its third in the last four home games. Senior Trevor Lyons and sophomore Sid Tomes each added 14 points while sophomore Caleb Morris chipped in with 13 points for the Falcons. Air Force shot 49 percent from the field, including 42 percent from three, and forced 17 turnovers.
Air Force, who trailed 45-32 at the half, opened the second half with a 14-2 run to cut the lead to one point, 49-48, with 13:47 remaining. The Falcons held Utah State to just 1-14 shooting from the field while forcing five turnovers during the run. Air Force took the lead for good, 55-53, with a 3-pointer by Morris with 9:25 to play. The Falcons closed the game with a 15-6 spurt over the final 5:45 to secure the win.
Utah State shot just 38.6 percent from the field, after a 59.3 mark in the first half. The Aggies shot just 20 percent and scored just 20 points in the second half. Koby McEwen scored 13 points and grabbed eight rebounds for Utah State. Dwane Brown, Jr. added 12 points and eight rebounds, but managed just two points after halftime. Sam Merrill added nine points, but was held scoreless in the second half.
Air Force improved to 11-16 overall and 5-10 in conference play. Utah State falls to 14-15 overall and 7-9 in the MW. The Falcons return to action Monday, Feb. 26, by hosting Fresno State at 7 p.m. in Clune Arena.