Nwaelele's Hot Shooting Leads Air Force Past IPFW, 78-66
Dec. 2, 2006
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Air Force rode a near-perfect shooting performance by Dan Nwaelele to a 78-66 win over IPFW Saturday at Clune Arena.
The 6-foot-5 senior forward from Bothell, Wash. hit six of seven field goals, all three of his 3-point attempts and went 11-for-11 from the free throw line en route to a career-high 26 points and game-high scoring honors. His only miss was on a desperation drive to the hoop a split second before the shot clock expired.
Consecutive 3-pointers by Nwaelele midway through the second half gave Air Force a 63-52 lead, and may have put the game outside the Mastadons' reach.
Air Force (8-1) had taken an early lead, and led 34-29 at the half, but IPFW used strong outside shooting to keep the game close.
Jakari Johnson sank five of nine 3-point attempts in leading IPFW scorers with 19 points. Forward Scott DeWitt added another three of four 3-pointers, to finish with 15 points for IPFW (3-5).
Nwaelele's effort is the highest individual point total for Air Force this season. His previous high was 23.
Air Force returns to action Wednesday, hosting Texas Pan-American. IPFW travels to Michigan State on Wednesday.