March 3, 2018
Senior Jacob Van scored a season-high 23 points, hit a career-best six 3-pointers and had a career-high seven assists to lead Air Force past San Jose State, 83-61, Saturday afternoon on Senior Day in Clune Arena at the Academy.
Air Force led the entire way and took control midway through the first half. Leading 11-10 early on, the Falcons used a 15-7 run to jump out to a 30-17 lead with 7:15 remaining in the half. Air Force extended the lead to as many as 24 before as it closed the half on an 11-2 spurt to take a 50-28 halftime lead. The 22-point halftime lead is the largest by the team in conference play this season.
San Jose State used an 11-1 run early in the second half to cut the lead to 58-41, with 14:14 left. Air Force responded with 15 straight points to take its biggest lead, 73-41, with 8:22 to play. Senior Ryan Manning started the run with a pair of threes. The closest the Spartans got from there was 20 points in the final moments.
Air Force shot 43.8 percent from the field, but hit 39 percent from three with school records in made threes and attempts on 16-of-41 shooting. The Falcons out-rebounded San Jose State, 44-36, and had 21 assists on 28 field goals with just seven turnovers.
Sid Tomes added 11 points while Trevor Lyons chipped in with nine points and a career-best 13 rebounds. He also had three assists and became the seventh player in school history to record 300 or more assists. He is seventh in school history with 302. He is also tied for 10th in games played with 115. Senior Frank Toohey added nine points and five rebounds while Ryan Swan chipped in with eight points. Lavelle Scottie added seven points and career bests of eight rebounds and five assists.
San Jose State was led by Keith Fisher, who scored 18 points and grabbed eight rebounds. Jaycee Hillsman added 10 points. The Spartans hit 38.3 percent from the field and 33.3 from three.
Air Force improves to 12-18 overall and 6-12 in the conference and will be the ninth seed in the Mountain West championships next week in Las Vegas. The Falcons will play the eighth seed, either UNLV or Utah State, at 11 a.m. Wednesday, March 7. San Jose State falls to 4-25 overall and 1-17 in conference play.