Williams Leads Air Force to 72-66 Win Over Wyoming
Feb. 26, 2013
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) -- With a snowstorm raging outside Clune Arena, Kamryn Williams was a one-man blizzard for Air Force on Tuesday night. The sophomore came off the bench to score a career-high 25 points and tie his career high with 10 rebounds, leading the Falcons to a 72-66 win over Wyoming.
The Falcons (16-10, 7-6 Mountain West) completed a season sweep of the Cowboys (18-10, 4-10), their first against a conference foe in two years.
"It just came to me tonight," said Williams, whose career best at nearby Sierra High School in Colorado Springs was 23 points. "They really needed me, and we were playing a little sloppy out there for a little bit. I definitely felt some confidence coming (on)."
Michael Lyons, the conference's leading scorer, added 13 for Air Force, with DeLovell Earls chipping in 12. Lyons, who put up 45 points in a loss to Colorado State last week, was impressed by Williams.
"Kam's the man," said Lyons, who was bothered by a right thumb injury suffered in Air Force's loss Wednesday at Boise State. "He has it in him, and I think he could do that every night if he just settles down. He was a big boost off the bench rebounding and scoring, and I think Air Force is in good hands for years to come."
Air Force clamped down defensively in the second half after giving up seven 3-pointers in the opening 20 minutes. The Falcons allowed just one Wyoming field goal in the game's final 9 minutes after trailing 59-56 with 9:32 on the clock.
The victory snapped a two-game skid for the Falcons, who had lost four of five entering the game. Air Force improved to 12-2 at home this season.
"We needed to win this game," Air Force coach Dave Pilipovich said. "We were starting to slide a bit and weren't playing as sharp as we could, so this was really big for us.
"To be 7-6 in conference and 16-10 (overall), that's OK right now for us."
Wyoming's Nathan Sobey was 7 of 7 from the field, including 6 of 6 from 3-point range, off the bench for a career-high 22 points. Leonard Washington had 15 points and 13 boards for the Cowboys, who have lost three straight.
"It was one of the most embarrassing defensive performances I've been a part of in 40 years as a head coach or an assistant," Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt said. "I thought that the game was won . and the game was lost. I don't want to point fingers . that would be the wrong thing to do, so I am going to compliment their attack."
Air Force was just 3 of 18 from behind the arc but won the rebounding battle 35-27. Senior Mike Fitzgerald had 10 points, marking the first time Air Force has had four players finish in double figures in a conference game this season.
Sobey hit five 3-pointers in the first half to help the Cowboys take a 38-37 lead into the locker room. Williams had 12 points to pace the Falcons in the first half.