Trevor Lyons scored 18 points and Hayden Graham added 15 points, seven rebounds and a career-high six assists to lead Air Force past Tennessee Tech, 80-70, Monday night in a non-conference game at Clune Arena.
The Falcons, who led 40-27 at halftime, controlled the game in the early going in the second half. Tennessee Tech used a 14-6 run midway through the second half to take its first lead of the half, 57-56, with 7:01 remaining. Torrance Rowe capped the run with a jumper. Graham responded with a 3-pointer on Air Force’s next possession to give the team the lead to good, 59-57, with 6:30 to play. The basket started an 11-1 run and Air Force never looked back.
Air Force hit 59.2 percent from the field, including a 66.7 percent clip in the second half on 14-of-21 shooting. The Falcons assisted on 19 of 29 field goals in the game after having just 10 assists in the opener. CJ Siples added a career-high 14 points while Joe Tuss chipped in with six and Kyle Broekhuis added career highs of five points and four rebounds.
Tennessee Tech was led by Rowe, who had 18 points. Hakeem Rogers added 13 points and Anthony Morse chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds. TTU hit just 32.3 percent from the field and 24.1 percent from 3-point range.
Air Force improves to 1-1 this season while Tennessee Tech falls to 1-1. The game was the first in the Air Force Classic, an exempt event that also features Mississippi Valley State, Robert Morris and New Mexico State. The Falcons return to action Thursday vs. Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.