Nov. 21, 2012
Michael Lyons scored 29 points and Air Force pulled away in the second half to defeat Montana State 86-72 Monday night at Clune Arena. Air Force, which improved to 5-0 for just the fourth time in program history, hit 10-of-22 three-point attempts and shot a season-high 59.3 percent overall from the floor.
"I told the guys at halftime that we need to come out and win the first five minutes of the second half and build from there and we did that," said Air Force head coach Dave Pilipovich.
Lyons scored seven points during a 9-0 run early in the second half that put the Falcons ahead 53-43. Air Force led by as many as 21 when Todd Fletcher hit a jumper with 4:51 remaining to make it 83-62.
Lyons hit 11 of 15 shots, including 3 of 4 three-pointers, and also had seven rebounds. Taylor Broekhuis added 13 points, seven rebounds and a season-high four blocks, while Fletcher had 10 points and six assists. Sophomore Max Yon chipped in with nine points, all in the first half, and freshman Tre' Coggins had five off the bench as 13 players saw action for Air Force.
"Whether it's a Tre' Coggins, Cameron Michael or Kamryn Williams, we don't lose anything when we put those guys in the game," said Pilipovich. "Max Yon brought a lot of energy when he was in there. When Max is in there something's going to happen that's for sure. We have the ability to use many players and we're going to continue to do that."
Montana State (1-2) got 17 points from Flavien Davis, 13 from Xavier Blount and 12 each from Antonio Biglow and Calen Coleman.
Air Force, which outrebounded the Bobcats 39-28, travels to Boulder for a matchup against in-state rival Colorado on Sunday, Nov. 25 at 6 p.m.