Dec. 09, 2013
Marek Olesinski scored 16 points and Justin Hammonds posted his first career double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead five Falcons in double figures as Air Force defeated Western State, 94-53, Monday night at Clune Arena.
The Falcons used a 20-5 run early in the second half to race to a 66-33 lead with 9:11 remaining. Air Force pushed the lead to as many as 44 points in the final minutes while cruising to its largest victory margin of the season. Air Force shot 55.9 percent from the field, including 41.9 percent from 3-poing range on a 13-for-31 clip, and out-rebounded Western State, 45-32. The Falcons had 24 assists on 33 field goals and committed just four turnovers with seven blocks.
Zach Kocur added 15 points on six-of-six shooting, while Tre' Coggins and Hayden Graham chipped in with 13 points each. Max Yon added eight points, nine rebounds and a game-high six assists for the Falcons, who held Western State to just 32.2 percent shooting, including a five-for-26 effort from 3-point range.
Air Force used a 13-3 run to take a 25-13 lead late in the first half and led by as many as 20 points before finishing with a 39-22 halftime lead. Western State was held to 28.6 percent shooting in the first half and hit just two of 12 from 3-point range as the Falcons took control of the game for good. Western State never got closer than 15 points after halftime.
Western State was led by Dominique Wright, who scored 11 points. The Mountaineers fell to 0-5 with the loss while Air Force improved to 5-4 overall. The Falcons host UC-Riverside on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Clune Arena before taking a break for finals.