Defense Leads Air Force to 73-56 Victory
Dec. 11, 2010
Taylor Broekhuis added 14 points and seven rebounds for the Falcons (6-2). Tom Fow and Taylor Stewart had 10 points each for Air Force, which won its fourth straight home game. Shawn Hempsey scored a career-high nine points, all in the first half.
Stewart, whose 10 points was a season-high, also collected a season-best seven rebounds and Derek Brooks tied his career-high with seven boards as Air Force grabbed a season-best 41 rebounds, the most in one game since collecting 43 last season against Charleston Southern.
The Falcons held the Eagles (4-4) to 35 percent shooting, the seventh opponent to shoot less than 40 percent against Air Force in this season. NCCU shot just 22.2 percent in the first half as the falcons raced to a 40-20 halftime lead, thanks to Hempsey's nine points and Fow's eight.
The Eagles tried to come back in the second half, cutting Air Force's lead to nine at 59-50 with 5:42 remaining, but Washington fueled an 8-2 run with a pair of layups and the Falcons led 67-52 with just under three minutes left.
C.J. Wilkerson led the Eagles with 18 points. David Best had 12 and Landon Clement 10. North Carolina Central had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Eagles have lost 44 of their last 45 road games.