Falcons Shut Down Cal State Northridge, 72-63
Dec. 2, 2010
AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Tom Fow led four players in double figures with a season-high 22 points, and Air Force's defense held Cal State Northridge to 34 percent shooting in a 72-63 victory at Clune Arena Thursday night.
Fow made 4 of 8 3-point attempts for the Falcons (4-1) and has led the team in scoring in the last four games. Todd Fletcher had a career-high 15 points, Taylor Broekhuis had 12 and Derek Brooks added 11 for Air Force, which won its third straight. Fletcher made a career-best three 3-pointers and tied his personal-high with four steals.
The Falcons' defense forced 19 turnovers and held its fifth straight opponent under 37 percent shooting from the field. Air Force entered the game seventh in the country in field-goal percentage defense.
After seeing seven ties and five lead changes in the first half, the Falcons took the lead for good at 35-33 on a Fow layup with 17 minutes remaining. Fow, who scored 17 of his points in the second half, then hit a three-pointer and another layup to give Air Force a 40-33 lead. Broekhuis extended the lead to 42-33 at the 14:53 mark.
The Matadors then went on a 13-7 run to close the gap to 49-46 after three-pointer by Rashaun McLemore with 10 minutes left in the game, but a Broekhuis layup and another long range bomb by Fow put the Falcons back up 54-46 and they never led by less than five points the rest of the game.
McLemore had 18 points for Cal State Northridge (2-5), which is winless in three road games. Lennie Daniel had 16 points and 15 rebounds for the second double-double of the season and the 10th of his career.