Falcons Put On Defensive Clinic In Rout Of Colorado College

Dec. 9, 2006

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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Air Force held Division III Colorado College to an NCAA-record six points in the first half and went on to an 82-31 victory Saturday.

The previous low for a half since the shot clock was introduced for the 1985-86 season was the seven scored by Central Michigan in trailing Ohio University by 28 points on Jan. 14, 2006.

Even with veteran point guard Matt McCraw sidelined with an ankle injury suffered in practice last week, the game was out of reach from the start. The Falcons (10-1) forced 13 turnovers and raced to a 30-point lead with 9:30 remaining in the first half before Nate Brodman finally put the Tigers (1-9) on the board with a 3-pointer from just outside the arc.

With an all-reserve lineup on the court late in the half, Air Force led 50-6 at halftime.

Air Force starters remained on the bench the entire second half, but the Falcons maintained up to a 50-point lead through the second half.

Starting forward Jacob Burtschi was the top scorer in a balanced Air Force attack with 10 points in 10 minutes of play. Starter Dan Nwaelele had nine, including a pair of 3-pointers, and reserves Adam Hood and Grant Parker also had nine.



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