Air Force Falls to Wofford, 74-61, in First Loss of Season
Nov. 23, 2008
Junior Salters scored a career-high 28 points Sunday to lead Wofford to a 74-61 victory over Air Force in the final game of the Reggie Minton Air Force Classic at Clune Arena. The Falcons fall to 3-1 on the season, while the Terriers move to 2-2 on the year.
Wofford trailed by nine points with 2:34 remaining in the first half before going on a 9-0 run to tie the game at 29-29 at the break. Air Force was able to regain the lead early in the second half, going up 33-31, before the Terriers had another scoring spurt. This time, the Falcons were outscored 13-0 in a span of three minutes, and were never able to recover. Air Force got no closer than nine points the rest of the way, while trailing by as many as 20.
The Terriers were hot from downtown, knocking down 12-of-27 (.444) from long range, while Air Force could not get it going from the outside. Salters was particularly impressive, scoring seven of his nine field goals from beyond the arc. Meanwhile, Wofford sophomore Noah Dahlman scored seven of his 12 points during the scoring spurt that put the Terriers ahead to stay.
Air Force did have four players score in double figures, led by junior Grant Parker with a career-high 15 points. Senior Matt Holland added 13 points on Sunday, Evan Washington registered 13 points and a team-high seven rebounds and Andrew Henke pitched in with 10 points.
In the first game of the day, Texas-Pan American had five players score in double figures en route to a 87-78 victory over UCCS.
At the conclusion of the Air Force-Wofford game, the All-Classic team was announced. Salters was named the tournament MVP, while Henke, Holland, Nick Weaver (UCCS), Nick Weiermiller (UTPA) and Dahlman (Wofford) rounded out the all-Classic team.
This week, Air Force hits the road for the first time this season, as the Falcons travel to Palo Alto, Calif., to face Stanford on Nov. 26. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. (PT).
Air Force Game Notes