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Air Force breaks conference losing streak with 70-63 win

By Staff Sgt. Don Branum

Academy Public Affairs

 

The Falcons broke a 22-game Mountain West Conference losing streak dating back to March 2008 by beating Wyoming, 70-63, at the Clune Arena here Saturday.

Evan Washington scored a career-high 23 points against the Cowboys to lift the Falcons to 9-11 overall and 1-6 in the MWC.

Other leading scorers for Air Force included Michael Lyons with 16 points and Grant Parker, who had 12. Parker led the Falcons in rebounds with five, followed by four each for Lyons, Washington and Taylor Broekhuis.

Wyoming led 29-26 at the end of the first half and held onto its lead until a three-pointer by Todd Fletcher tied the score with 11:31 to play. Fletcher nailed a second field goal to put Air Force ahead, and a 10-point run in the final three minutes secured the victory. Washington scored eight points during that streak, including six points from free throws.

“We made free throws when we needed to today,” Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds said in a news conference after the game. “In the second half, we shot it the way we do in practice.”

Air Force led early in the game, building up an eight-point margin in the first 10 minutes of play, but Wyoming rallied behind Jaydee Luster to claim the lead going into halftime. Wyoming’s Desmar Jackson led scoring for the Cowboys with 21 points, followed by Amath M’Baye with 11. Luster and Djibril Thiam each had 10. Thiam led Wyoming in rebounds with nine, followed by Jackson and Boubacar Sylla, who each had six.

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